That said, fabric was not the only sewing related item I brought home with me. In in pile, in the back of a rather jumbled recycle shop, I found this box.
It was sitting wide open, and the contents caught my eye.
Button hole chisels!! Immediately I knew what those paper wrapped things were! I've been wanting button hole chisels (I'm not entirely sure that's the correct term, if you know better, please advise) for the past year, ever since I saw a video on Instagram of someone opening button holes with one.
There are two button hole chisels/openers in this set. One about 1/2" wide, and one about 1/4" wide.
Along with the chisels, I found two other equally useful wooden-handled sewing tools in the box.
And a nice, pointy, awl. You can tell this has been the most used of all the tools - and its usefulness is not over yet!
Accompanying the wooden-handled tools is a thimble-ring-thing.
And centimeters on the other.
In the top of the box, I found these rulers.
I'm not entirely sure what they are used for, but they're small. . .
And very interesting shapes! Almost like miniature pattern drafting rulers.
If anyone knows anything else about these things, please let me know!
I immediately recognized the final item I discovered in the box.
Thread snips! I've been using these regularly at my sewing machine ever since I returned home last week.
I found an excuse to try out the larger button hole chisel when I made myself a new pair of shorts over the weekend. I'm not sure my dad will be getting his small rubber mallet back any time soon, as it works perfectly with the chisels!
As fun as new fabric is, this little box, labeled "Dressmaker's Companion" is definitely the most exciting sewing-related item that came home with me from Japan!