Next in our series of articles on looking at tools and equipment in the sewing room and asking if buying a better/more expensive/high quality tool will make sewing faster, easier or just more fun. Can you sew well on a budget or will spending more money make you a better sewer?
In earlier articles we looked at:
Today I want to look at one of the miracles in the sewing room and a tool I use all the time – the Wonder Clip. Should you buy branded or budget?
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OK, these are a little sewing miracle that make so many jobs just that little bit easier. I use these all the time, especially in bag making with the thick layers, but also for quilting and binding too. Any time I don't want to use a pin or I need an extra pair of hands to hold something, out come my Wonder Clips.
They started out really quite expensive when first launched and came in small packs of 10 or 20. Due to the cost, I only bought 10 and then quickly lost 3 of them right away so I'd really love some more. Prices have dropped so that's great and you can now pick up a pack of 50 for under $20 – bargain, get them!
As with any innovation, knock offs are soon to appear and the Wonder Clip is no exception. These were originally by Clover, but now you can get unbranded or generic clips for much cheaper. They look the same, but do they perform the same?
I spotted THIS SET on sale on Amazon UK at 50 clips for £2.40 including free delivery! What, really?! And they get a 5 star review from the people who have bought them. UK people – what are you waiting for! Add to cart before they change their mind. (Price right at time of writing the article, hope its not changed…)
In the US? Then there are also generic Wonder Clip bargains to be had. THESE are 50 for $7.99 or 100 for $9.99. That has got to be a bargain. My original 10 cost me that much I think.
I was chatting about these with a bloggy friend, and we were wondering if the new knock-off versions were any good. She bought some to try and sent a few to me, and we can't tell the difference between the original expensive ones and these new unbranded clips.
So Wonder Clips – this is one place where I actually splurged out early on and bought the good quality and now I need more, I'm tempted to buy the unbranded ones and get a great big bag for a bargain price. These ones come in a plastic tub with a screw lid and are a pretty sunny yellow, 75 for less than $11. Added to my wishlist!
How do you use your Wonder Clips?