My Favorite Things

I have been complaining a list of my favorite tools and accessories for sewing and have been sharing this with my Sewing Lesson Students. I wanted to post this link in a way that you have direct links to Amazon (note: these are affiliate links. There is NO additional charge to you). 

 

Fabric Scissors

Two links for these, one in normal size and one for smaller hands. My younger students love being able to use the smaller size and so does Emma. If you are only going to buy one pair and have younger sewer, get the smaller set. They are only 1" shorter. I use both interchangeably, but Emma prefers the smaller size. I also included a link for micro-tip scissors. I use these to cut thread (and I keep them next to my machine). I also use them when I need to cut with precision (when I am cutting a notch, in tight spaces, or awkward angles). 

Do NOT use these scissors on anything other than fabric. It will dull them. 

  • Regular Size

 

  • Smaller Size

  • Micro-Tip/Thread Scissors

 

Magnetic Sewing Guide

If you have done a sewing lesson with me, you have probably used this handy tool. This magnetic guide is awesome and helps create straight stitching. I keep it stuck to my bobbin winder on the top of my machine (it is also a magnet and keeps it in a handy spot). This set also comes with a seam guide to help you measure the perfect width of your seam. 

 

 

Sewing Clips: 

I avoid pins if I can. They are can a pain (pun intended) and I often find them with my feet or fingers. I find for the majority of my projects, clips work so much better. There are still times I need pins (when attaching two pieces not on an edge). These are the clips I use and love (and they come in an adorable metal container). 

 

 

Heat Erasing Pens

I am going to post 2 links for these.

      • Madam Sew Heat Erasable Fabric Marking Pens are the ones I have used for many years. They are refillable and come in 4 colors (white, red, blue, and black). These are great and erase with heat (such as your iron). 

      • I just started using the Frixon Clicker Erasable Gel Pens. These have been longer lasting than the Madam Sew pens listed above, but do not come in white (which I need for dark colored fabric). 

Fiskars Rotary Cutter

I love this rotary cutter for a few reasons. It is comfortable to use, especially when I am cutting fabric for hours. For safety reasons, I like that I have to squeeze the handle for the blade to engage. This is wonderful as my prior cutter, I would lay down and forget the blade was out (and that is why I keep bandaids on my cutting table)!. This cutter does have a feature to lock the blade, either open or shut. I do this when Jack is trying to "help". 

Replacement Blades

Unlike scissors, the downside to a rotary cutter is the blades dull. I always have refills on hand and prefer the name brand. These fit the rotary cutter above (45mm blades). A trick, when have a dull blade, mark with with a sharpie and put it back in the little container. These helps you remember which ones are dull! I have a backup rotary cutter that I put a dull blade in to cut paper. I NEVER use my fabric blade on paper, it will dull it faster. 

 

Self-Healing Cutting Mat

If you have a rotary cutter, you NEED a self-healing mat or you will destroy the surface you are cutting on. If you are new to sewing, the smaller mat will be a great size. If you have room for a larger one, go for it! Three sizes are posted below. I have all three scattered across my large cutting table. I started with the smaller one and then added to it when I increased my table size. 

 

24" x 36"  MAT ONY

 

Mat, Rotary Cutter and Ruler set

if you are going this route, double check the rotary cutter and make sure it is one to your liking. I like this set and the blade is locking. It does not have the same "squeeze to cut" as the one listed above, but better than the very basic one. 

Fabric Ruler

Bigger is not always better. Having a small ruler is a great tool. I have many sizes and often reach for my 2.5" ruler. 

 

If you buy the combined set, it has a 6.5" wide ruler. This is also a great size to have. If not, I would recommend a 24" long ruler. Quilting cotton is usually 40-42" wide. If you fold it in half, this ruler is plenty long enough to cover the entire width to get a nice straight cut. 

 

Wonder Tape

This is another trick of the trade I use. This double-sided tape is great to hold two pieces of fabric (I mostly use it with Zippers) to keep them from wiggling when sewing. This type is wash away (meaning when you wash it, it goes away). There are permanent versions, but I find this is what I reach for 99% of the time. 

 

Let's talk sewing machines

The sky is the limit when it comes to machines. You do not need to spend $$$$$$ to get a machine that fits your needs. My daughter has the Singer Tradition and it is a great machine. This is just the updated version I got in middle school and took with me to college. If you care for them, they will last. Go SLOW when sewing bulky items and it will work great. 

HIGHLY recommend price around for your machine. Prices are not consistent. These links are just to give you examples. I am always happy to answer any questions you have when purchasing a machine.