When you first get into sewing, you spend a fair amount of time trying to figure out what you need. To be fair, my first few months as a seamstress were spent researching tools and notions, and where to get. I spent hours in Spotlight and Lincraft, trying to work out what these things actually do. It seemed that every new project required new tools. Now, I think I have pretty much everything I need. Along the way, I have come across some funky tools. Here are 7 sewing tools you didn’t know you needed. Some are clever, some are hard to use and some have become essential. Most are available in craft and sewing stores, but I like to shop for craft and sewing supplies online, and I use eBay a lot.
In this post, I will introduce you to some tools I have come across. Some I use all the time, some are in the “weird and whacky” category.
For the occasional bit of hand sewing or embroidery, this is a very handy little tool. I don’t have a great range of hand needles, I think I inherited most from my grandmother and it can be difficult to slide threads through the eye of a needle.
Be advised, sewing a straight line is not that easy, not even for an experienced seamstress. So if you need to get it absolutely straight, drawing lines with a fabric pen is great. The ink will evaporate after a while.
Seam Measuring Gauge
Some people have an eye for seams, it’s like their brain knows what 3/8 inch is… Mine doesn’t and if you’re like me, you will love using the seam measuring gauge. Getting your seams right is most important when you make clothes for example. Also, it’s also handy to have a small measuring ruler when you need to check a measure quickly.
The Purple Thang
I love this tool, and I love the fact the creator didn’t bother giving it a complicated name! It’s a thing, a piece of plastic that will help you immensely when turning corners. That’s it. It has a pointy head and a square head, so you don’t go through the seam, as you probably would if using a knitting needle.
This is a quilting tool and an alternative to the fabric pen. I use it to score straight lines in light fabrics, when I find the fabric pen to heavy. I would love to find one in bone or fine wood, for the nice feel in hand.
This is a very important tool and it’s available in many sizes. I am not a quilter but I find a quilting ruler to be an essential tool. The weight is very important as it flattens the fabric as you measure. Also, if you decide to cut fabric with a rotary cutter, you will need one of those, it won’t work with a normal ruler. Mine is a SewEasy.
This is a fun tool, almost like a toy. It’s used for marking patterns on paper before cutting them. I don’t use a lot as I use commercial patterns but it’s handy in case you need to make modifications.
Do you have weird and whacky notions you wouldn’t part with? Please let me know in the comments below.