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Hand Sewing Lovers, Meet The Lap App!
So, I went to Quilt Market recently. I'll admit, I'm not one to get too hopped up about all the newest and coolest fabrics and whizbang gadgets. But I was lucky enough to meet Joyce and William Haskins there, and they invited me to road test their wonderful invention: The Lap App.
Since I spend so much time hand-sewing, I'm always looking for ways to make that more comfortable. Sometimes I'm in an easy chair watching TV, sometimes I'm in a car or on a train, and sometimes I'm out at a cafe. It's not always easy to keep track of my tools while keeping my work close enough to my (aging) eyes so I can see it, all while preventing my shoulders from tensing up.
This is where the Lap App starts solving problems. It's a lightweight-but-sturdy lap desk that has two adjustment angles, so you can position it in infinite ways so it's just right for your body and the craft you're working on.
The desk surface is lightly padded for comfort - a lovely working surface for things like applique, reverse applique, EPP, or hand-sewing of any kind.
In the photos at the top of this post, you may have noticed some spindles sticking up from the base. What are those? They're thread-holders, of course! And next to them, an embedded magnet to trap your pins and needles. (This is one of my favorite features - I can pop my needle on there, set the Lap App aside to go get more coffee, and come back and there it is.)
...That brings us to the deeper features of The Lap App. Pull off the cover, and underneath you'll find a piece of very fine-grain sandpaper laminated to the top. That's a dandy, no-slip surface for tracing and marking fabrics. I've been using it to make fussy-cut tracings for my EPP, and how lovely it is to be able to do that stuff on the go! Usually I have to save my fussies to work on when I'm at home at my table.
The thing I love best here is that this unit collapses down to a very portable size - easy to tuck into your tote for a crafternoon somewhere.
Here's my Lap App in action as I hang out on my bed sewing and watching Food Network Star, complete with red socks (keeping it real). I've worked on several projects using this tool, and I absolutely love the comfort it provides.
Not only that, the base makes a handy place to slip small items like bags of EPP templates, glue sticks, etc so they don't scatter all over the place while I'm working. If you do lots of hand-work, I highly recommend picking up one of these babies.
You (or the person in charge of your holiday gift wish list) can visit The Lap App website and order one, or check with your local quilt shop.