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.

The Domino Effect

I ran out of day on Friday and I didn't get the bias binding stitched onto the red corset for HSM like I was supposed to, partly because I was lacking the motivation to unearth the sewing machine from all the stuff I've dumped on the sewing table whilst decluttering.

Over the weekend instead of getting the sewing machine excavated from all the stuff, I moved a cabinet out of the sewing room which resulted in a chain reaction of relocating stuff.

To make room for the cabinet meant the light table had to be put in it's vertical position. This meant it had to be emptied of my bobbin lace bolster and pillow cushions, both of which then got dumped on the cutting table.

The cabinet to be moved had sewing machines, pattern making stuff and buckram piled on top of it and so I had to find new homes for all of that stuff in the sewing room as well.

This meant all the patterns and note books I had on the little school desk in the sewing room also got piled up onto the pattern making table so I could move the sewing machines (my vintage Singers) to the school desk.

tool cabinet, school table, cutting table, pattern bin
This is what the little school desk and tool cabinet looked like before. You can also see the blue container on the left that holds my larger patterns. This is one of the photos from my last sewing room decluttering-a-thon which you can read about here.

Well the cabinet was moved out successfully but the sewing room was a disaster again. 

So I spent yesterday and today rearranging and putting things to rights.

The sewing table is cleared off.

The cutting table is cleared off.

patterns and note books
I made room for my note books and patterns on the shelves.

I was surprised I could re-home or declutter everything that had been on that bit of shelf space. Yes, the patterns and notebooks need to be organised, but that's not the goal for today.

The bobbin lace cushions don't really have a proper space yet but they at least are in the sewing room where they belong.

school table, pattern bin, vintage sewing machines, bobbin lace pillow cushion precariously perched on top
The school desk looks like this now and the pattern container is where the tool cabinet was, which means I now have better access to my reference books. 

tool cabinet and stationery unit
The tool cabinet and the little red stationery unit got moved to where the big cabinet was next to the shelves.

stationery unit squeezed in next to the cutting table
You might recall that the little red cabinet was just sort of tucked in next to the cutting table and didn't really have a proper home. It's nice to get easy access to those shelves again.

The extra floor space is fantastic.

What's more I got the bias binding stitched on this morning.

bias binding stitched to the top edge of the corset

Now I just need to trim the seam and hand stitch the rest. I might even manage to get it done before the end of the month.


  1. Pinning and sharing! Thanks for linking this up to Totally Terrific Tuesday last week. I can't wait to see what you have this week! Party goes live tonight at 9pm CST!


  2. What a great post! Love it! Pinned and tweeted. We love to party with you, so I hope to see you tonight at 7 pm. That would be so awesome.
    Happy Monday! Lou Lou Girls


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