My favorite Tools

Some questions and get all the time are what blades do you use and what kind of saw do you have?

Blades

I use Flying Dutchman blades. If you are new to them, I suggest you get the variety pack. Let’s get an idea of what blade sizes are your favorite. I tend to use spiral blades more than straight ones. My favorite sizes are 3/0 and 2/0 shop spiral blade ๐Ÿ‘‰Shop spiral blades

Now let’s talk straight blades. Once again, I love my flying Dutchman blades. I use the ultra reverse tooth blade. Click here to shop blades๐Ÿ‘‰Shop blades

Scroll saw

I have a 21-inch delta 40-694. Eventually, I would like to upgrade, but it does what I need to do. I started sawing on a Ryobi and quickly upgraded to the delta. Click here to view my saw ๐Ÿ‘‰Delta scroll saw

I will be adding my favorite tools and tips I have learned as we go! So check back regularly.

Pattern Making / Reviews of the Wacom One and Surface 2 Go Tablet

I am still Learning the whole side of Pattern Making. I started with the Wacom ONE its a Digital Drawing Tablet with Screen, 13.3 Inch Graphics Display for Art and Animation Beginners. It was easy to set up. I liked that it had a screen to see what you are drawing as the other Wacom tablets do not have the screen. The pen glides nicely. I also loved how big the screen was. The downfall for me was it has to be hooked up to a computer. At the time, I didn’t have a laptop, So I was stuck drawing on my desktop. Which was a bummer cause I love making patterns in my bed before I fall asleep. So the mobility part was a little rough. If you don’t mind being stuck to a computer, the tablet’s performance is excellent for a beginner.

I still have my Wacom hooked up to my desktop, and if I want to make any patterns while I am in the room with my desktop, I still use the Wacom One to do so.
After mobility was an issue for me, I went out and bought a Surface 2 go! It is New Microsoft Surface Go 2 – 10.5″ Touch-Screen – Intel Pentium – 4GB Memory – 64GB – Wifi – Platinum. I can create anywhere it’s super lightweight, and It has a flexible flip-out stand that allows me to angle it anyway I want for great drawing. The pen glides like a dream. It is more of a tablet than just a drawing tablet. It is its computer. Unlike the Wacom mirrors what is on your computer screen. The screen is smaller than Wacom, but the picture’s quality is better, so that doesn’t bother me so much. They are both close to the same price range, so I would go with the surface two go over the Wacom because I can do my work anywhere. The price points are identical.

Right now, I use Photoshop and Silhouette Studio to design my patterns. I use Rapid Resizer to make them the size I need to cut. Rapid Resizer is coming out with a design platform, and I am excited to try that out as well. I do trace images in there right now as well.

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