There are so many gadgets and sewing tools to suit every kind of fancy that I would have to convert my website to accommodate everything. Here are a few of my favorites.
I am partial to Ghinger scissors. They are Italian made many all metal, strong, sharp, well made and they are dependable and time tested. Seamstresses have been using them for many years.
- Dressmaking scissors are a staple scissor used for cutting fabric
- Applique scissors have a bill that prevents the lower knife from slicing through the fabric and making unwanted holes. They can get close to cut around stitches hence the name
- Embroidery scissors are small and good for cutting threads and small pieces of fabric
- Pinking shears are good for preventing fabric edges from unraveling
Tube turners and threaders
There are a lot of options for turning your fabric tubes (think spaghetti straps) and by far the best in my opinion, but not the most versatile, meaning you won't use it for anything else.
Threaders are also so easy to come by but which one is the best? I've tried too many to admit and have found that pretty much each one works kind of well. What you are looking for is a gentle connection between the device and the fabric. Some threaders clamp onto the fabric so you can have something to thread through a casing, for example, and other threaders hook. Though the hooks are less invasive, since clamps can make holes or rip the fabric when stress is applied during the threading process, hooks are sometimes too gentle.
I am a big fan of using clips to hold fabric together. However there are times when clips won't due and pins are necessary.
I prefer pattern weights to hold patterns in place over pins. They are just as effective and less invasive than pins.
I've bought a great many marking tools kind of unable to make my mind up with what's best. More recently I discovered a chalk wheel that dispenses chalk as it rolls across the fabric. This seems to be the most accurate in that it doesn't pull at the fabric like pencils or chalk pieces do. I am also a fan of erasable pens but watch out for the iron because it completely disappears your erasable pen lines, so place it wisely.
Use an edge guide to make your stitch lines straight. I bought a magnetic edge guide that attaches to the metal part of the base plate and when I lost it it took me like 3 months (durrrr) to realize I could use a square magnet instead. Many machines have a guide that attaches to the back of their sewing machine and some machines have a guide that attaches to their walking foot. Read your manual to see if you have one or can buy one. Some people suggest using a post it note pack but really all you're looking for is a raised straight edge that your fabric can butt up against. If you don't want to buy a square magnet or a designated sewing guide get creative, I'm sure you have something in your house you could use.
I am a sucker for innovation and was amazed and intrigued by my iron which raises up on little legs by itself when it's set down. Having forgotten my iron flat on more than one occasion I thought it would be a foolproof way to ensure my family's safety from fire by iron and I thought it would help me move a little faster in my technique.