10 Sewing Tools
Sewing tools, aka sewing notions, are just as crucial to a seamster than a baking pan is to a baker. Tools make our jobs and process easier when trying to complete a task or technique. Using the right notion will save you time and of course the headache of manually doing each step. As you grow in confidence and skill, I would recommend reassessing your tools and upgrading or changing out some to make it easier and more enjoyable!
What type of Sewing do you prefer?
There are defiantly necessary sewing tools that every sewist should have in their bag, however, when you choose a sewing path (examples are garment sewist, quilter, bag maker, accessories) each subcategory will have tools that help for that specific skill set or project set. Or maybe you’re just getting into sewing and are not 100% sure of what supplies are going to give you the best bang for your buck.
Well, I am here to help you with some basic and some more specialized tools you may want to invest in.
Top 10 tools
These are in no particular order; they are not rated in order, means that I think you will benefit from having on hand for sewing.
# 10. A good QUALITY iron.
I have the Sapporo Gravity Feed iron at my home studio, I love this iron so much, but I do know it’s not practical for all sewists
I include the favorite that I have at the studio! Great price and heavy duty!
# 9. Scissors, scissors and more scissors
I love my Kai N5230 9 inch bent blade; the bent helps me cut my fabric so easily without lifting my material from the table which reduces shifting in those slinkier fabrics. For quality to price, I have yet to buy a better pair. I was always a Gingher scissors girl until Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness showed me this brand at one of the quilt markets, it’s been the best investment!
# 8. Tube turners
This little tool will make turning your straps a breeze, seriously spend the $8 you will thank me later!
# 7. Serger
If you plan on sewing knit fabric and or garments, this sewing machine will become your right hand. It will save you time and money! Don’t be afraid of it as it’s one of the coolest tools you can get! It’s easy to use and takes a little time practicing the threading, but it is doable!
# 6. Rotary Cutters and Mats
I like to have a few styles and sizes on hand for cutting with a rotary blade. This makes cutting squares for quilting very easy and clean; also if you have the smaller cutter, you can use the rotary to cut out your clothing! I have fallen in love with these cutters! If you are going to use a rotary cutter make sure that you also grab a self-healing mat as well. The self-healing mat will help protect your table and cutters.
# 5. Good Marking Tools
I love a variety of different marking tools. There isn’t a great go-to for all types so you will want to find a few that work well for you. I like using chalk pencils, frixion markers/gel pens, water or air soluble, carbon paper and pressed chalk.
# 4 Pressing Ham, Seam Roll, and Clapper
Ironing and pressing are essential for making your projects look high quality and professional. I like to say the difference between handmade and homemade. These tools will help you press or iron specific curves, creases and such into the fabric, allowing you to mold and shape.
# 3 Rulers – Different types for different jobs
We take a lot of measurements in sewing; we need various tools to be able to accomplish different tasks. I have a few favorites, they have been tried and true for me over the years, and it’s what is always available to use at the studio as well.
# 2 Different types of tracing paper for drafting patterns or altering them
Tracing paper can be a personal preference; I like having a few different widths, weights and opacities. I use medical examination paper for quick drafts and mockups; then once I work out the kinks, I switch to a heavier tracing paper, which I use to make a temp pattern if it becomes one of the staple patterns, I use heavy weight pattern paper or Vellum.
# 1 Sewing Machine
Sewing machines are like cars, most like the ones that they like and are totally brand loyal, and I get it, I am too! I love my Brother Sewing Machines, I have been a user since I started and still to this day will recommend the brand to new sewists.
This is a tried and true machine, you can go a little fancier with the PC-420, but the CS6000i is a great machine! It comes with a walking foot as well!!
My top 10 tools that will bring your sewing to the next level. It’s really about having the right tools for the jobs you’re trying to accomplish. Did I miss anything that you think I should have added? Let me know!