As I was in the sewing room this weekend, I was reminded of the fact that a simple upgrade to a basic sewing tool can make all the difference.
As years go by, I have come to the conclusion that buying quality is more important to me than buying quantity. Gone are the days of grabbing up as much cheap sale fabric as I can get my hands on. The frustration that comes from working with poor quality is not for me. So I am going to work with the best that I can afford.
|Another one bites the dust . . .|
What, you may ask, brought all this on? Well, in the past year I have gone through three, yes three, tracing wheels. Not only were they inexpensive, they were cheap. The thing is, I had the first one for almost ten years without issue. The second one died in a little more than one month, and the third lasted an equally pathetic amount of time. Did the quality of the same blue plastic tool from the same company change significantly in the past ten years? Could I be that much harder on things these days? Well, after the third one broke apart in my hands, I went to my local fabric store with a huge chip on my shoulder. And wouldn't you know - the notions wall was not currently on sale – there goes another few wasted dollars.
But before I had a need to rip open the package, I made a purchase from Vogue Fabrics and decided to see what they had in stock before I completed my transaction. And there was the solution.
Yes, I could buy a few more of the plastic version for the price, but I believe this will last a lifetime (I hope!), and at the rate I have been going through the plastic junk, I believe this was money well spent!
Have you had any good/bad experiences with less than stellar quality notions? Are you willing to spend two or three times as much for something that is truly of better quality? And is there a way to tell the difference between inexpensive and cheap before purchasing an item?