Is it an embroidery hoop? Is it a darning mushroom?
It's both! Meet the Clover stitch dome.
The stitch dome ensures consistent, even fabric tension for smooth, precise, pucker-free stitches and darns.
It’s useful for areas that are difficult to mend with an embroidery hoop or darning mushroom, such as shirt collars, cuffs and hems.
I love using mine to darn my sock heels, which I often wear out in large sections; the large metal surface (86mm diameter) is reflective and highlights threadbare areas as well as holes, so I can mend all of the damage the first time and not be unpleasantly surprised later (see photo for example).
Advantages of a stitch dome vs a darning mushroom:
- Easier to fit in tight spaces, like shirt sleeves (no handle to wrangle)
- You don’t need to cover the whole dome to use it, so you can mend fabric edges: shirt collars, cuffs, hems, etc.
- More secure mending – the silicone rubber band secures fabric and won’t budge when you pause your mending spree and leave it in a travel bag or mending kit.
- Light-reflecting stainless steel makes it easier to identify worn, damaged areas in fabric
- Gentle curve makes it suitable for use beyond sock mending, for flat sections of garments.
- Bigfoot-approved – wider surface (86mm) accommodates larger holes and damage
Advantages of a stitch dome vs an embroidery hoop:
- Easier to fit in tight spaces
- No screws to adjust or get in the way
- Silicone rubber band is a tighter fit and requires less readjusting over time
- Gently curved surface is a more natural fit for curved sections of clothing, e.g. sock heels and armpits
The stitch dome’s stretchy silicone rubber band is very strong – getting it on the dome is fiddly and can take a minute. But once it’s on, it’s on, and you don’t have to adjust it or worry about it sliding or falling off while you work or in between mending sessions.
- Place the stitch dome under the section of fabric to be mended.
- Secure the fabric to the dome with the silicone rubber band
Made in Japan from stainless steel and silicone rubber, packaged in a slim cardstock box with no additional packaging materials.
NOTE: The stitch dome is only compatible with the silicone rubber band included. It won’t take standard rubber bands or sewing elastic, as there is nothing for them to grip onto. For a long, happy product life, remove band from dome when not in use and store them in the same container (or original packaging) so you don’t lose them.
Want to see how it’s done? Modern Mending the book includes 18 pages of hand-stitching instructions, 32 pages of darning instructions and 30 pages of patching instructions, with photographs and illustrated diagrams.
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