I started sewing when I was eight years old. Times when everything was done "offline". No instant communication with cell phones or internet, we were used to do things the hard way and be patient. Learning to sew is much easier nowadays. Technology helps answer almost any question and sewing tools have been tested and improved. I explain in this post my top 5 "helpers" when sewing. I only wish I had has them 30 years ago! I hope they help you to keep sewing, or if you are considering learning to sew, help you get started.
1. MAGNETIC PIN CUSHION
How many of you have at home the classic tomato pin cushion? Reality check, times have changed and a pin magnet is definitely more helpful. It helps keep pins accessible, especially when you drop pins on the floor.
2. QUILTING PINS
Most people think all pins are equal, and just buy the least expensive ones. It is really frustrating if they are too small and difficult to handle, or not sharp enough that they rip the fabric. Small ones also are difficult to be seen when they are dropped on the floor. I prefer quilting pins, they are long and sharp, and the colored heads makes them more difficult to get lost. The ones shown here are from Dritz and measure 1 ¾” (45 mm).
3. WONDER CLIPS
A newer option to pin fabric together is the Wonder Clips from Clover. They are very popular with quilters because they can hold multiple layers of fabric without moving or damaging it. I am fascinated with these clips! I use them to join slippery fabrics , for example, a swimsuit and its lining. They come in different sizes and colors, my favorites are the red ones. These have ¼” (7 mm) and ½” (12 mm) marks, so they also serve as a sewing guide. They are not inexpensive, but definitely worth the investment.
4. ERGONOMIC SEAM RIPPER
Unfortunately, if you want to learn to sew, you must learn how to unstitch. But if you have to rip a seam, make sure to use a high quality tool to make this process more bearable. This one is from Clover, it's ergonomic, super sharp and the grip makes it a lot easier to rip even the smallest seams. So next time you have to unpick, take a deep breath and use this seam ripper.
5. THREAD NIPPERS
Tiny scissors for cutting thread or "thread nippers" have been around for a while. To me, they are the best sewing invention (after the electric sewing machine, of course :0). Their smaller size give you precision when cutting threads, and makes it less common to cut fabric by accident. The self opening system makes it super easy to use, because they always open back, unlike regular scissors.
I will soon make a post comparing different sewing machines. One of my favorites is the Janome 8077 Computerized Sewing Machine (click on the image below). I really liked this machine, for a few things: You can select a specific width and length for the zigzag stitch. This is great because I used different length and widths to attach the elastic, to join pieces and and to topstitch. You can adjust the speed so if you are sewing difficult curves or you are just a beginner, setting it in the slowest speed will help. Also, it has several automatic buttonholes, automatic needle threader and lots of decorative stitches. Finally, you can operate the machine using the pedal or with the touch of a button!
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