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My Top 10 Sewing Tools

April 15, 2013 in Tips & Tricks

Just a few of my favorite things! When you are new to the sewing world, there are a few tools that will come in handy and make learning a little easier. Keep reading to see what I think are the top 10 sewing tools when getting started!

1. Sewing Machine– If you are going to start sewing, you need a machine! I first started sewing on my mom’s old machine and it was great to learn on, but now I love, love, love my Baby Lock Sofia2 (and my handy how-to manual)!

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2. Iron and Ironing Board– If you want your finished product to look polished and perfect, you need to be able to press (not iron) seams as you go. Plus, if you plan on using a fusible interfacing it’s mandatory.

3. Fabric Scissors– Make sure you have a large pair that you only use on fabric. Using it on paper or around the house will dull your scissors and not only make cutting through your fabric difficult, it can also cause snags. A small pair is also useful for snipping random threads. I always have both within reach when I am working on a project.

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4. Seam Ripper– I feel like this doesn’t even need an explanation but as a “learn as I go” sewer, this tool is a life saver. It allows you to remove a seam (without wanting to pull you hair out) quickly and efficiently.

5. Pins– They may be tedious but what would we do without them?? They hold our patterns together, keep our seams measured and in place when stitching, and always make the finished product look better. Try a project without pins and you will realize why they are so important! They are like the third hand you have always dreamed of…too bad that can’t do other things, too!

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6. Marking Tool– If you are transferring a pattern or centering embroidery design on a shirt, you will need to mark your fabric. I guess you could use a pencil or something similar but then you are most likely leaving a permanent mark on your project. Marking tools are great because most either disappear with water or can be brushed out. There are lots to choose from but I really like the chalk pens. Just make sure to test them on your fabric before using them.

7. A Notebook– A must to write down ideas and plan out projects.

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8. Measuring Tape– I feel like this doesn’t need an explanation but I will say it anyway, no project can be completed without accurate measurements.

9. Good Thread– You can buy all kinds of thread, but you will save yourself the headache if you spend just a little bit more on your thread. Plus, your machine will like you more! A lower quality thread can cause problems with tension, breakage, and even jams.

Totally Stitchin': Top Ten Sewing Tools

10. FUN and a Little Patience– If you are learning as you go like I have, you will inevitably hit some bumps BUT eventually you will get better and be so proud of your newest creation. Sewing is a hobby, so enjoy it!

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