I could have used this years ago... HEM CLIPS. Measure and hold hemming projects without pins! Smooth, stainless steel clips slide onto fabric and hold hem in place while you sew or baste. Built-in measure assures straight, accurate hemlines every time, without tedious pinning (or pricked fingers!). Ideal for skirts, dresses, drapes. $9.98/set of 12
Vinegar works as a wood stain when you add a metal object in the mix and let it sit in a glass container for a week. A handful of pennies will produce a beautiful pale Caribbean blue stain. A wad of steel wool will give you a rich reddish hue. A combination of tea and a metal object in vinegar will produce a black stain.