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Friday, January 13, 2012

The IHAN/Famore Blog Hop & Giveaway

Today SewCalGal is participating in a Famore Blog Hop, hosted by Kelly of I Have A Notion. 



Kelly has introduced me to a variety of notions and I've always found that every product I've ordered from IHAN has been high quality, at a reasonable price, and she has exceptional service.  What I really like is that she gets to know what type of projects I like to work on and make recommendations for "me", not just recommendations to sell products.

I learned about Famore products, from Kelly.  IHAN also has a great selection of Famore products.

One day, well over a year ago, I was working on a particularly nasty reverse sewing situation, when Kelly recommended that I try the Famore Micro Fine Tweezers.   My first thought was tweezers are tweezers and my common tweezers had always been what I used, and probably were as good as the one's Kelly was recommending.  But then, I thought about how Kelly had always given me great recommendations and I said "please add those Famore Micro Fine Tweezers to my order".


Kelly was 100% spot on with her recommendation for these tweezers.  They are a thousand times better than any tweezer I've ever used.  I honestly can't imagine how I managed without them before, and certainly will never go without them in the future.  They are fantastic.
 
So, when Kelly asked me to participate in the Famore Blog Hop, of course I jumped with delight.   How could I not be excited for a chance to chat about a product that I think offers an excellent value and provides a benefit for all quilting, sewing, and embroidery enthusiasts, along with general domestic situations when one would want to use tweezers.  I'm sure you can visualize a number of common reasons one uses tweezers (e.g. removing bee stingers, trimming unwanted hairs, removing splinters, etc.).  But, I wonder how many thing about the benefits of having fine tweezers for use with your sewing projects?   Well, take a look at a few ways I use these tweezers in my sewing projects:

For those that periodically do reverse sewing and want to get out those annoying fine threads that leave obvious signs of "I've been sewn more than once".  These tweezers do a great job making it easy and fast to pull out this distracting threads.


For those that have AccuQuilt products, while you receive a pair of tweezers from AccuQuilt, they really are not great for getting fine threads that get caught in the dyes. These Famore micro fine tweezers make it so easy to pull out threads caught in the AccuQuilt dyes, to help them cut accurately after heavy use

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For those that do machine embroidery, it is common to have small threads that are difficult to trim with the finest scissors. Having these micro fine tweezers help to lightly pull threads to see if they need to be trimmed vs can safely be pulled out.  Historically, I would toss machine embroidery (ME)designs that after stitching out they needed some level of reverse sewing.  These tweezers helped to make the proceess of reverse sewing ME so fast & easy, I now comfortably and quickly reverse sew my ME designs, when needed, with the help of these tweezers.
For those that periodically get a broken thread caught in their bobbin, or one of the shafts that a thread travels thru, this pair of tweezers makes it very easy to remove such unwanted threads.

I hope I've shared a few examples of how these tweezers may help you in your sewing (or reverse sewing).  Don't forget that they also work better than other tweezers for all the common household uses of tweezers.  Thus, I can truly say I highly recommend every quilting, sewing & embroidery enthusiast have a pair of these tweezers, if not two!  I do believe you'll like them too!

Did I mention a giveaway?  Thanks to IHAN and Famore, I have a pair of Famore Micro Fine Tweezers 3 1/2" for one lucky winner.  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  I'll randomly select a winner and announce on Friday, January 20th.  But, before you leave a comment, I hope you'll take time to read my updated post titled "WANTED: Quilters that never win at Giveaways", as you may just find your name in this article and insights on how you can improve your chances at winning in various giveaways.



Don't overlook an great opportunity to learn about other Famore products and get a chance to win a Famore product at each blog that has participated in the hop this week. While this hop started on Monday, there is still plenty of time to enter the giveaway at each of these participating blogs: 
Monday Jan. 9th:            Patsy Thompson Designs
Tuesday Jan. 10th:          Green Fairy Quilts
Wednesday Jan. 11th:     I Have a Notion
Thursday Jan 12th:         Happy Cottage Quilter
Friday Jan. 13th:             SewCalGal  {where you are now}


Lastly, I want to announce the winner of last weeks' Fun Friday Giveaway for the Sewline Fabric Marker.  Congratulations to Josie (Jo Crazy Mama).









161 comments:

Debbie said...

I sure can use those tweezers! Thanks for counting me in, Darlene.

Jennie P. said...

Those could come in handy.

Janet said...

You make these scissors sound like a must have! Thanks for a chance to win them.

Miss 376 said...

These would be a great addition, seems that my tweezers have walked! Having two boys, I hate to think where

QuiltSue said...

They look super and I can really see how much I need them in my life (and all their other products too!) so I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Jill said...

Your suggestions have convinced me that I need these tweezers! Count me in for the drawing, please.

drolkar said...

I would like to play! And hopefully win! :))
Thank you for the oppurtunity.

Krisztina from Hungary :)

Tanya said...

They sound amazing...please put me in the draw

Wendy said...

Hmmm- tweezers. Sounds like a good tool for the sewing room. Can I get in on the draw...please?

landscapelady said...

Never thought of tweezers for sewing but now can see where they would be useful. Thanks!

Stephanie Pettengell said...

Those tweezers look like they would tweak out any stray thread.

Lisa Marie said...

I have a pair of bad tweezers in my sewing room but these sound like a huge improvement! Thanks for the chance to win.

Gene Black said...

I am always ready to try a new product that makes sewing easier...and if Kelly recommends them, they must be good.

Fran said...

Looks Loire something I could put to good use.

Purl Buttons said...

High quality tweezers for ANY job are difficult to find. Thank you for the recommendation.

krisgray said...

Oh - tweezers for the GO dies! What a good idea!

yorkie mom said...

Would love to try them! Thanks for a chance.

Thearica said...

When I worked in the sewing plant, my tweezers were my best friend. Any sewer/quilter needs a good pair of tweezers.

mblittle5 said...

These look great. Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

Editfolt said...

I want such a device. Thanks for giveaway!

Mary said...

Thanks for offering this giveaway. Having the right tool makes any job easier.

Patti said...

I presently have the worst tweezers in the whole world, so I thank you for the opportunity to win some that atually work!

Jackie said...

I think my reverse sewing moments would be less frustrating with a pair of tweezers. I've never used them before!

Sherri G said...

I love a good pair of tweezers. I'd love to try these.

Josie McRazie said...

first, yay me! I think your Random Number Generator is in love with me! Second... where would we be without a good pair of tweezers!! Great 'gadget' choice! It is one of those things you don't know yours are no good till you try a good pair! ( I'm bad I use my eyebrow ones but they really are a good pair LOL)

JCnNC said...

Wonderful review and gave me other uses I had not thought of. Thanks for this wonderful opportunity and I sure do need these tweezers - it is my birthday next week - does that help? Judy C

Diane said...

I have a pair of tweezers in my sewing notions that I rarely use because they don't close that well. Sounds like these are just what I need. If I don't win, I'll have to go buy a pair.

Becky said...

I never thought of using tweezers for my reverse sewing threads. Like DUH! What a great idea:) Ok. This is on the top of my list for needed notions. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

I've never thought of using tweezers before, because I've never had any that would do it--these sound great. Thanks for the chance to win!

Kathy H said...

I have added tweezers to my tool box of sewing things. But they are blunt and not the greatest for pulling out threads. I bet those would be great for pulling lint out of the sewing machine too. Thanks for the chance.

Sharmond said...

The tweezers look wonderful! What a great addition to my sewing supplies. Thanks for the opportunity.

Ray and Jeanne said...

I want these! The tweezers I use aren't that great - these sound great! ~Jeanne

hilary said...

I need these. thanks for the chance

Lynn said...

Those sound like great tweezers - thanks for doing the give away.

Ruth said...

I can certainly see where these tweezers would come in very handy, so please enter me in the drawing!

robin said...

I could use those - thanks for the chance to win one! :)

DebrafromMD said...

Sounds like I need a pair of those tweezers. Thanks for the review.

Linda said...

I would love to win a pair of tweezers. Thank you for a chance to win!

Karen said...

Hi Darlene, I could really, really use these tweezers as my current project has involved more unsewing than sewing and I'm getting really annoyed at those little threads that just keep hanging on. Thanks!

Debi said...

I need a good pair of tweezers, I used to have surgical tweezers until I dropped them and have never been able to find another pair as good. Maybe my luck will change, it is friday the 13th!
debi

Teresa in Music City said...

Would love to try out the cute little tweezers! Thanks for the giveaway!

Terrie Sandelin said...

Because you can never have too many gadgets . . . .

annmarie said...

I never would have thought there was a quilting tweezer out there! Thanks for the review. Would love to win it.

Connie said...

What a wonderful review! Would love to have these for my GO Baby dies, great giveaway!

Grams said...

Sounds like a great addition to my notions basket. Thanks for a chance to win.

Vail in tn

Kathy said...

Great post. Would love tweezers! thanks!

Teresa Felgueiras said...

Great review. Wonderful tweezers. Maybe i'm lucky enough to win one of those.

Maricarmen said...

I love your work and your blog... Can I participate? Maybe I`ve lucky!!!

Linda E in AZ said...

I'm always scrambling around, looking for my best tweezers while I'm at the machine, but I can see that these are MUCH better.
thanks!

Sharrieboberry said...

These look fabulous! Gotta love a good pair of tweezers!

Phyllis said...

What a neat little tool! I would love to be lucky enough to win!

Gwen said...

Congrats, Josie! :-) And-- please enter me for a chance to win those tweezers!! Tweezers come in handy for so many different uses, and these look like they are *REALLY* nice ones! The ones I have are pretty old and pretty cheap! It'd be nice to have a new pair-- especially one this nice! Thank you for the chance to win! :-)

Linda said...

I would love to win these tweezers. Thanks for the chance. I hate when I can't reach those pesky little bits that get stuck in the bobbin area.

Linda said...

I would love to win these tweezers. Thanks for the chance. I hate when I can't reach those pesky little bits that get stuck in the bobbin area.

Dresden Quilter said...

I have been wanting to get some great tweezers. Thanks for the review and giveaway.

Loralynn said...

These look like fantastic tweezers. I like how they are very pointy! Thanks for the opportunity to win them!

StitchingBahma said...

Reverse sewing is a fact of life :( and everyone needs a great pair of tweezers. Please count me in. I'd love to try them.

Karen said...

I don't make use of tweezers in my sewing, but I probably should and would love to try these out!

Hilachas said...

Those tweezers look fantastic for so many things. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

Kaylene P said...

These tweezees sound AWSOME!!!! Thank for the chance to win.

Robbie said...

Having done a fair bit of reverse sewing in the past, I could have used tweezers like these and know they would come in handy for any future development of my reverse sewing technique. Would love to win these.

Melisa Bakos said...

these sound great would love to try them. Melisa Bakos

Mrs.Pickles said...

What a neat product. Thanks for the chance to win

gill said...

Thank you! These look great tweezers!!

KatieQ said...

I'm constantly disappointed with tweezers and trimmers that I pick up from the notions wall in Joann's. I really have a hard time pulling out the excess threads after unsewing a seam. These look like the perfect solution.

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Jo said...

Thanks for the listing... I was a no reply blogger after I had made a new blog and didn't realize it. I'd love to win!

JustPam said...

Thanks for the giveaway!

IHaveANotion ~ Kelly Jackson said...

I'm with you, SewCalGal, those tweezers are really the best I've found and I'm glad there is no milage log on the tweezers...that would be embarassing to me as far as tracking the number of un-sewing jobs I have done!

Smiles,
Kelly

ylrbmk said...

I've been using my regular pair of tweezers. It would be great to have a pair that's designated to the sewing room.

M-R said...

They sound great. Thanks for the giveaway!

Jo Anne said...

Thanks for an excellent product review. I can see how handy these tweezers can be. Thanks for all your interesting blog posts.

arlette said...

Please enter me in the drawing, I'm sure this tool's going to be real helpful with me!!!

Linda said...

What great suggestions! Thank you so much!

Anonymous said...

Well thank you for the chance! I have some Famore products and I love them too.

Perry said...

I would love to win a pair of these tweezers! Good tweezers are a must and these look like they would fit the bill. Thanks for a chance to win a pair!

Stitched With Prayer said...

These tweezers sound wonderful. I would love a chance to win a pair. Thanks so much. Hugs...

Stitched With Prayer said...

These look wonderful, I would love to be added to the drawing. I'm just learning to applique and I can see definite possibilities for these tweezers. Thanks for a chance. Hugs...

FarmNana said...

I needed something like this just yesterday (was wishing for tiny tiny needlenose pliers!).

Sallie said...

I need some tweezers! Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachel said...

What an awesome little gadget! I could definitely use tiny tweezers for various projects.

Judith said...

I desperately need a good set of tweezers. The ones I have are all worn out. Thanks for doing
this giveaway!

ritainalaska said...

magic tweezers?! neat! have enjoyed the fanmore blog hop ... thanx for all the reviews.

Patti said...

Thanks for a chance to win. I also read the information on properly setting up a blogger account to receive an email. I followed what you said and I am hoping that it will work sometime soon.

Kathie said...

Love the term "reverse sewing"! Thanks for the opportunity for this much-needed tool.

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Wow!! you have the best giveaways...really. thanks for another

Donna said...

I know exactly why these Famore tweezers will make any quilter happy: plucking threads that pop up on the right side of sewn seams.

Anonymous said...

Yes, sounds good! Thank you very much!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

I have been known to reverse sew on many occasions- those tweezers sound just what I need. :)

LJ said...

Famore is a fairly new brand for me; you certainly make their tweezers the ones to have. My biggest gripe about tweezers that I've purchased before is that they don't always meet together and therefore you can't grab hold of anything. These look like they have a great point.

Jeanne said...

These tweezers would be great to win for those
pesky threads that just won't come out. Thank you for this giveaway.

quilterbell said...

Interesting!!!!!!!!!, thank you for the chance

marth225 said...

How can anyone survive without tweezers in the sewing room. I would definately like to win these.

Judith said...

I've been muttering about needing new tweezers for the past few weeks, so this review is very timely.

iluvmybugs said...

These look like a 'must have' for the sewing room! Thanks for the chance to win!

SueSmilesAlot said...

Yes, I definitely need those! LOL!

Cecilia said...

I could really use these. My tweezers are not that great. Thanks for the chance to win a pair.

Joan M said...

Thanks for the opportunity to win the Famore Tweezers. My pair need replacing!

Anonymous said...

Oh, these are just what I need for getting those stray thread shreds out from under the bobbin area on my Singer 15-91 when FMQ'ing! thanks for the chance to enter.
Pat - just east of the Coast Range

babcia2008@ymail.com

Jean said...

Those tweezers look great for grasping and holding onto fine threads! Thanks for the opportunity!

Barb and Sharon said...

Very nice tweezers. I have bought 2 sets of tweezers and I can't pick up small threads with them. It's like there's a big space between the end!

Linda in Calif. said...

Yes, it is annoying to have tweezers that won't grasp the thread no matter how much you squeeze. Thanks for the give-away.

jaj said...

Don't know where I've been all my life, but I'd never heard of "reverse sewing" before. It cracked me up! I would love to win these tweezers, because if I'm not an expert reverse sewist, it's not for lack of opportunity to practice!!

Marlene said...

Sounds like an awsome tool for those unexpected tangles!

Linda V said...

I would love these for stray threads! Thanks for the giveaway chance!
Linda
http://homesweetquiltinghome.blogspot.com

Sheila said...

I could definitely use a pair of good tweezers , these look fantastic. Thanks for the chance.

Nancy Biggs said...

I would love these tweezers for my sewing projects. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

Annette said...

sew many neat new tools out there. and those tweezers would be sew handy to have.
Thanks for giving us a chance at winning them . Good luck to all who enter

Kim said...

Well it looks like one of those great tools you didn't know you needed then
once you have can't live without it!
thanks for the chance to win.......
Happy Sewing

teachpany said...

I could really use these tweezers. I have the pair that came with my serger, and use them for getting those threads in the machine, but never thought about using a smaller tipped one to get out those little unsewing threads. I want to do ME, too, but don't have a machine yet. Thanks for the ideas.

Marilee said...

Who knew? There are tweezers and there are Tweezers!

Velody Dark said...

I'm a sucker for tweezers it'd be wonderful to win a nice pair like this.

Jane S. said...

I do love me a nice pair of tweezers! I use to have a pair with a good sharp point and I used them to remove those little bits of paper left when doing foundation piecing. Those tweezers are long gone now, though, so I could really use a new pair. Thank you for the giveaway!

The Village Queen said...

I'd love those, as fingers get older its harder to pick little bits up! Thanks!

Nancy D. said...

I would love to win those! Thanks for sharing!

SassyCathy said...

Tweezers - tiny little fingers with itty bitty grabbers. Handy dandy little baby's. They can get you into a tight spot right quick!
Thank you for the chance to win.
I read about quilter who never win. Good information - it's surprising what new people (like me) can overlook. We get so excited at playing the giveaway game we forget the basics. :)
Cathy Byrd
byrd at gulftel.com
Is this a safe way to post my e-mail address?

emmy said...

You're right, there is a difference in tweezers. Tweezers came with a serger I puchased, and they are so much better than my others, because of the tips and the curve. Thank you for the giveaway.

pinsandneedles said...

Those tweezers look amazing. They would be a great addition to my sewing room and home! Thanks!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

The way you describe those tweezers Darlene make them sound like something I have to have for my sewing room!

Slovenka said...

Well, actually I do not have any tweezers. It would be a welcome addition to my sewing supplies. Thanks for the giveaway.

jmniffer said...

I never thought of needing a pair of tweezers! Still quite new at this hobby so there are many tools to add to my supply. I like how you outlined your die with white so you could see where your shapes end...great idea. Thanks for the chance at your giveaway.

Loretta said...

I use tweezers a lot and a recommendation for a really good pair is really appreciated. Thanks for the give-away!

Lauradublin said...

Have never used tweezers but would love to try them!

Lauradublin said...

Have never used tweezers but would love to try them!

Sharon said...

Hey there sewcalgal would love to try a pair of those tweezers thanks for all you do.

tizart said...

It would be great to try tweezers like these as fingers get older its harder to pick little bits up!
Happy Quilting Liz

ArtyFarty said...

Hi, This would be extremely useful for so many things. Nothing as good here in NZ

Jules said...

these sound just about perfect, thanks for the chance to enter :)

m murphy said...

AS a ME I have tried many different tweezers but have not found any that really do as promised. Would LOVE to find one that actually can pick up a single thread to be clipped closely such as a jump stitch. Perhaps Famore Micro Tweezers are the answer.

Billye said...

I've never heard of these, but I sure could use tweezers that would do all that!

Jeanne Gwin said...

I sure would love to give these tweezers a try. Maybe they wouldn't disappear if hubby knew they were for sewing/unsewing only.

Judie said...

I would love to try the tweezers. My fingers sure are not as nimble as they used to be!

Margaret said...

I so enjoy reading your posts and would love to win these tweezers. Thanks.

tesuque said...

Anything that eases the "unsewing" process would be welcome.

Kathy MacKie said...

There is always a thread that is stubborn and these tweezers look like they will do the trick. Thanks.

Cathy said...

These tweezers sound like a "MUST" have to me. Chance to win..fantastic..I'm on a strict budget right now.
CathyC1950@gmail.com (just incase my google acct is set up wrong)

Pat V. said...

I could SO use these! thanks for the chance to win!

Jenniffier said...

Oh those look so very helpful. Thanks for the chance to win.

Wendy B said...

Thanks for the recommendation.....have recently had 'fun' trying to get those pesky little fine ones out of a machine embroidery design...grrrrr!
Thanks so much
sugary hugs
Wendy :O)

╰☆╮ Barb ╰☆╮ said...

Those tweezers look great! I'm finally treating my sewing room like my husband treats his garage: if he needs something, there's a tool for it, and by gosh he'll just go and buy it! The right tool can make all the difference.

Michelle said...

I think I need a pair of those!

Snoodles said...

I'm all for the right tool for the job...these look awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

CaroleM said...

These would certainly be a handy tool to add to my sewing room!! All these things I am unaware of...

Dee said...

I think this tool would rock!

the girlfriend gap said...

if it makes the not fun more fun i'd love to win it. thank you for a chance. Janita

Rose said...

Wow those scissors look incredible, I plan on buying them even if I don't win them!

cpup40 said...

I know I sure could use these tweezers. My hands are always swelling, so I can't pick up thread very easy from material to cut off the ends after I have sewn them.

Sally King said...

I would love to have these tweezers, especially if they would help to get those little threads out of my dies. I know I had a pick that came with my Go, but for the life of me I can not find it.
SallyKingemail@gmail.com

DIANA said...

would love to win these love all things tooly
young1@irtc.net

MJ said...

I've had many of those 'reverse sewing' situations and have never used tweezers. Great idea! I'll have to try them. Thanks for the giveaway..

Artkat said...

Having the right tools makes sewing so much easier - especially when things don't quite go to plan. Would love the opportunity to win
blklman [at] xtra [dot] co [dot] nz

Jodi said...

Great post. Another place I use my tweezers is for my applique. Whether it's to place a small piece of fabric or pull threads. It makes all the difference when you have the right tools.

Thank you and Famore for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

Cathy said...

I'd love to win the tweezers! cathyquiltsalot@yahoo.com

shenyon said...

I'd love to win the tweezers

Talin's Corner said...

My current tweezers are getting a work out lately. I am finding that I use them a lot more and would love to try out a new pair.

Deb said...

I could use this handy tool!

Jacquelin said...

En pocas ocasiones utilizo las pinzas y son las normales de toda la vida. Es cierto que este tipo de pinzas pueda ir mucho mejor. Estaría bien ganarlas para probarlas. Gracias

deserae said...

I would love some tweezers!

Linda said...

Those tweezers look remarkable, and who wouldn't love to win them?! Thanks for the chance.

Carla G said...

These tweezers look fabulous! I sure could put them to work! Thanks for a chance to win! :)

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Oh, I hope I'm not too late. These would be great to try, especially when those threads get caught in my machines. Thanks for the chance.