Wonder Clips vs Craft Clips. I started using Wonder Clips to teach children to sew. They loved these so much more than pins when sewing a seam. They were great…… but expensive. Now there are so many brands of Craft Clips at much lower prices that it is hard to know which ones to choose. I will share with you what I found.
(Read Update at the end)
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The clips I have purchased and compared are:
- Clover Wonder Clips, Red 50-Pack (Purchased April 30, 2013 for $15.98)
- Clover Wonder Clips, Pink, 50-Pack (Purchased February 25, 2015 for $21.23)
- Iuhan 50 PCS Clear Sewing Craft Quilt Binding Plastic Clips Clamps Pack (Multicolor) (Purchased February 16, 2017 for $3.59 + shipping)
- EverSewn Craft Clips (Purchased on February 17, 2017 as part of the EverSewn Ultimate Sewing Starter Kit)
- Embroidex Set of 100 Pcs Embroidex Premium NO PINS! Colorful Clips (Purchased on March 10, 2017 for $9.99)
- MumCraft Multipurpose Sewing Clips with Tin Box Package, Assorted Colors, Pack of 100 (Purchased February 16, 2017 for $9.98)
Since these are sold in differing multiples, the following are the costs I paid per 10(current costs may differ):
I purchased the first Clover Wonder Clips as soon as I heard about them in 2013. Since I teach children to sew, I thought it would be easier and safer for their little hands to use. The children took to them immediately. They loved them much more than the pins when sewing a seam. There was also no more broken needles from them sewing over pins. These were perfect for Summer Sewing Camp First Projects.
Clover Wonder Clips then came out with the pink clips in honor of the National Breast Cancer Foundation. When my Sewing Camps changed to teaching children to Learn to Sew with Pre-cut Kits I found myself using many more clips. The pink ones just looked prettier to me.
This spring I introduced a Dream Pre-Cut Sew Kit for teaching children in Santa Barbara. (Available for order outside the area.) Since I am making many more kits I needed many more clips. So I started trying out all the other options out there besides the orignal Clover Wonder Clips.
This is how they compared in appearance. They are in the same order as above with the red being number 1. As you can see in the first photo, the EverSewn clip is different than the others. It is broader and the same on both sides. It does not have a flat side. The other three photos do not include this clip. You can see that the clips looks exactly the same on the side, top, and bottom.
The Embroidex clips (#5) were much more inconsistent. Some were harder to open. They may be too hard for little hands.
The MumCraft clips (#6) came in a cute tin but you cannot choose which tin you will get.
The Iuhan Clips were shipped from China. They were not eligible for Amazon Prime but only charged $0.59 for shipping. The estimate for the shipping was about 6 weeks, but they arrived in about 2 weeks. These also come in each of the colors as the multicolor option if you want just one color.
One option that kept popping up were the Evergreen Art Supply Sewing and Quilting Craft Clips. I did not try these because the price point was higher that the other non Clover Wonder Clip.
Conclusion (See Update)
So after all my comparisons, I would chose the Iuhan Clips. I was actually surprised with the quality of all the clips. I expected the Clover Wonder Clips to be much better. The other clips may be a touch tighter to open, but it was only really noticeable in the Embroidex clips. The price of the Iuhan Clips were so much lower that they are hard to beat.
Update on July 1, 2019:
The Best: I have purchased the MumCraft clips multiple times since this comparison. I actually use the tins quite a bit in my classes or at home for easy access. I would recommend these for all to use.
The Worst: I recently came across the Embroidex clips because I was in a hurry and I was surprised how hard they were to open. They are very stiff to use and I would not recommend them at all.
Tell me your thoughts. Have you used the Wonder Clips or other craft clips? What differences have you found? Which do you prefer?