I have been using, and recommending, binder clips as a sewing tool for a while now, but I hadn’t ever tried the Clover Wonder Clips* that the quilters and bag-makers like to rave about. (These clips are used to hold together layers that are too thick to pin, or when it would damage the material to pin it as in vinyl or leather, or to hold quilt binding in place while sewing.) To give them a fair chance, I procured a set. They’ve had a chance to duke it out in my sewing room for a couple of months now and this is how it went down…
Wins for Wonder Clips
- The Shiny Factor – Opening a box of Wonder Clips* is like opening a box of shiny glowing jewels. Wonder Clips are puuuuuurty. Let’s just stand up and admit it. k? We sewists love our rainbows of measuring tapes, our floral handled shears, and our aqua rotary cutters. We are visual people. There is no shame in wanting our tools to be as lovely as the things they help create!
- The Fumble Factor – I found it a bit easier to take the Wonder Clips on and off. Binder clips tended to spring out of my hand when I tried to open them. Or maybe it was just me? Even so, Wonder Clips won in this department.
- The Smooth Feed Factor – The flat bottoms of the Wonder Clips don’t catch on the corner of the machine bed while you sew. This is, hands down, the biggest advantage Wonder Clips have on binder clips. Compare the above photo with the one below to see what I mean.
Wins for Binder Clips
- The Price Factor – Binder Clips typically cost less than ten cents a piece. Compare that to Wonder Clips which range from 30 to 60 cents depending on the size of the package. If my sewing budget was tight and I had to choose between fabric and Wonder Clips, I would choose fabric.
(screen capture of the amazing bag class)
- The Pro Factor - I am working my way through “Making Leather Handbags” with Don Morin. He uses specialty tools I had never heard of, like a “nylon brayer” and a “skive”, but Don busts out the binder clips to hold many thick layers together. If its good enough for the industry pro that writes “Bag’n-telle“, it’s good enough for you.
So which one wins? It really depends on the size of your sewing budget, and how often they would be used. If finances are tight, binder clips will get the job done. However, Wonder Clips* could be a fun, pretty, and useful addition to your sewing stash. I am happy I have them in mine.
Are you on Team Wonder Clip? Or Team Binder Clip?