Useful Sewing Tools

Useful Sewing Tools

There are many different tools in sewing. Some are absolutely necessary to get started, but others make it more fun to sew. In this post I mention the ones I use the most and which I think others would enjoy.

1. Sewing thread It goes without saying that sewing thead is something you need. But there are different types for different purposes. E.g. if you are sewing in wool, cotton is the recommended thread to use.

2. A seam ripper is used to remove stitching in clothing and fabric. I'd say everyone needs a seam ripper in their sewing kit. 

3. Mending neelde is a small and practical tool used to pull through pull-out stitches or protruding threads.

4. An Awl is used to make holes in thicker materials that a normal needle is not strong enough for. It can be anything from several layers of fabric to leather. If you are going to insert plastic snaps into several layers of fabric, an awl is a nice tool to use to make the hole first.

5. Chalk is used it the pattern has markings that need to be drawn on the fabric. The chalk disappears easily afterwards without leaving any marks.

6. Marking pencil can be used for many sewing tasks, such as marking the seam allowance or making corrections.

7. Plactic pencil is often used to draw the pattern onto plastic.The lines on the pattern sheet are often very thin, so it is important to me that the marker does not create too thick lines.This pencil does not rub off on the hands, which I have experienced many other markers do.

8. Glue pen are designed to hold fabrics in place for sewing without the need for pins or clips. 

9. Tweezers are great to use when you are threading your sewing machine.

10. Clips are used for holding multiple layers of fabric together without slipping. I always have them available as they are both easy to install and remove during the project. I also don't have to worry about sewing over a pin with the overlocker that would ruin the knife.

 11. Pins are used to hold patterns to fabric or hold fabric together at the seam line before sewing. There are many different pins, so it's all about finding one that works for you! It is important that the ones you use do not leave holes in the fabric.

12. Tape measure is used to measure the project and body measurements.

13. Seam gauge is a small and handy tool for making quick and consistent measurementsI love to use mine while makeing a hem or to take other short measurements. 

14. Wrist pin cushion is great to use when removing pins during sewing.


15. Prym vario pliers If you are going to attach ring/plastic snaps og eyelets this is super handy and cheap.

16. Revolving punch pliers are used to make holes in leather, plastic foil, paper etc.It can also be used to make holes in belts.

17. Binding folder automatically guide binding tape into place and fold it over the edge of the fabric while sewing it in place. 

18. Bias binder is used to sew on a fold over elastic that is folded once.

19. Thread scissors is used for trimming threads and are easy to keep close to your sewing machine for quick access to trim at the end of each seam. 

20. Fabric scissors is a must when cutting certain types of fabric. Teddy e.g. is a fabric I would use the scissors for. It doesn't have to be a very expensive pair of scissors, the most important thing is that it works well. Remember not to use it on paper or other things.

21. Ordinary scissors is what I use to cut in paper, plastic, pattern paper and anything that is not fabric.


22. The rotary cutter from Fiskars is the one that I use to cut out fabric, and it is used almost every time I sew. It goes fast and it does a precise job.

23. Plastic ruler is for measuring large sewing projects and they can also be used to cut out fabric or strips. 


I hope this post was helpful, these are my favorites and you certainly don't need all of them.

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