Originally posted on February 5, 2018 by Cheryl Sleboda
The January/February 2018 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited has a fully packed article on tweezers. Every type, shape, and function is covered. Who knew there were so many variety of tweezers? This is another one of those tools in your sewing box that you will be glad you added.
The word tweezer comes from the French word étui “small case” and later became “etwee” which describes a small case that people would use to carry small objects. Eventually the word tweezer was brought into English and accepted as the tool we know today. The article in the magazine by Linda Turner Griepentrog helpfully tells us that both “tweezer” and “tweezers” are acceptable when referring to the single tool. It’s also a verb and a noun.
That said that article is full of pictures of the tremendous amount of tweezers on the market and the long list of uses in sewing. Just recently, I found tweezers useful to pick out the tiny bits of thread that was left over from a ripped out seam, when my other tricks to get those threads out didn’t work.
Tweezers have also gone high tech. Some now come with lights and magnifying glass attachments to see your work more closely. Pretty amazing when you think about how far the humble tweezer has come from ancient Egyptian times.
Much like our sewing scissors, keep your tweezers for other purposes separate from your sewing ones. Not only will that help prevent damage to the ones you need for sewing, but you won’t have to go hunting around the house for them. Also, the ones used in the first aid kit may not be appropriate for what you want to do in the sewing room, so it’s best to purchase the tweezers that you will think work best for the uses you need.
Be sure to pick up the January/February 2018 issue of Machine Quilting Unlimited for the full article on tweezers and much, much more. What do you use tweezers for in the sewing room? Tell us over on our Facebook page!