Which Stitch Markers Are Best

When I first took up crochet I didn't have any stitch markers, I didn't even know stitch markers existed. It wasn't long before I knew about them and I learnt the value of using stitch markers, aka stitch savers. That first frustrating experience of when a project accidentally unravels because there's nothing holding onto the stitch to stop it coming undone or your crochet circle grows in ways it isn't supposed to and the worth of this tiny tool became obvious very quickly. But there are so many styles of stitch marker to choose from, locking, circle, coil-less, plastic, safety pins, thread, 3D printed... does it really make a difference which one you use? Is it just how pretty they are? I walk you through a dozen different stitch markers from items you have lying around your home to the fancy artisan styles. I share with you what features to look for and those that don't really hold up to the task.


Eyelets can be a little nerve racking, one misplaced hole and your done for. So remember ...

'Alwaies measure manie, before you cut anie.'

John Florio, Second Frutes 1591.

machine stitched eyelets

Once the eyelets were in I stitched the straps together then hand stitched the lining in. I didn't get a photo of the lining until after I'd actually finished the whole gown and taken final photos on the dress form which is why it no longer looks perfectly flat. It will once it's cleaned to remove the chalk markings. It's a good idea to clean garments once they're completed.

bodice lining

I've finished the skirt and remembered to get some photo's. First I stitched all the panels together with French seams, which I didn't remember to take photos of, oops.

Then I tackled the hem, it just goes forever, I couldn't even get it all into frame when I tried to photograph it. 

This photo has the hem folded in half then doubled over and even then it just fit the length of my table. That pile of fabric in the back of the shot is the skirt which is about to have the hem pinned to it, the satin piping is already attached to the skirt. The canvas interlining has been stay stitched to the facing.

hem facing with canvas interlining

Once the facing was attached, turned right sides out and pressed there was still the raw edge to finish on the inside. It got tucked over the canvas and stay stitched in place before stitching the top edge of the hem facing to the skirt.  

I found the best way to make sure everything behaved itself whilst doing this was to stitch from the right side of the garment, unconventional I know, but sometimes you've just got to tell convention to take a hike and get on with what works.

stitching the hem facing down with teeny tiny as invisible as possible stitches

I stitched the tuck in 2 parts. I started with the tuck in the train section before I joined the front and back to keep all that fabric manageable. It did make adding the facing a little more interesting but I think it was worth it. 

Which is why you can see the tuck in place in the above photo. The tuck at the front was done once the hem was finished. I used a herringbone stitch for the tuck which helps it to sit better around the curves, and will provide a little give in the stitching if the train gets stepped on.

inside the hem showing the top of the facing and the herringbone stitched tuck