One of the high points of woodworking for me occurs when my wife comes up to me and asks, “When you get time, can you make me a …”. That happened to me this week. When I came into the house from the shop, my wife asked me if I could make a “fabric pusher” for her to use at the sewing machine. We guys love it when this happens. After a few minutes conceptualizing an item I had never seen, I sprang into action. Dashing to the shop, I quickly ripped a few 7/8″ turning squares from hickory offcuts from the Krenov sawbents. Then, I headed to the lathe, dragging her along with me. This was a no-brainer project for a turner, but I needed her input on shaping. After a few minutes of collaboration, the object was finished.
“That’s it?” you ask. Yep. It’s a simple teardrop-shaped piece of wood that she uses to guide fabric through the sewing machine, as shown below. It’s especially handy for ruffles and other complicated folded fabric. It has a simple rounded tip, but she says she may want more later with different tip shapes. No problem!
I believe these are available through some of the specialty sewing supplies, but when your husband’s a woodturner, why bother? Besides, a hickory offcut plus a few minutes at the lathe nets a pile of brownie points for me!
After using it for a bit, my wife thinks that the shaft may be a bit thick, and she may want something with more of a teardrop taper. That’s OK, I left a stack of 7/8″ square hickory by the lathe, just in case.
You can never have too many brownie points.