Friday, 28 February 2014

Sewing tools, gadgets and gizmos

Wow! I can't believe how long it's been since I last posted on here! 

To ease myself back in gently I thought I'd revisit an old post from my previous blog. It's all about the simple gadgets that make a sewers life that much easier.

Sewing Machine

It goes without saying that my trusty sewing machine is an absolute must, along with good quality all purpose thread.

Pencil and ruler

I use these when drawing the pattern pieces and for marking the positions of fastenings and trims. A disappearing marker pen is also invaluable for marking fabric.


Good quality, sharp scissors are essential. At a minimum, dressmakers shears for cutting out and embroidery scissors for snipping threads and cutting buttonholes etc.


Where would I be without these? I prefer to use these large coloured, plastic headed pins as they are easy to see, and easier to find if you drop them!


Sewing machine needles need to be changed frequently, as blunt needles can damage the fabric and can result in skipped stitches. Different fabrics also need different needles, some need sharp points while others require needles with a rounded tip. So always use the correct needle for your fabric. A good selection of needles for hand sewing is also essential.

Zipper foot

This enables you to sew up close to zips and piping.


This saves fingers and means you won't bleed on the fabric - not a good idea!

Seam ripper

For those times when you've made a mistake and need to unpick (don't you just hate it when that happens?), this little gadget makes it so much easier.

Loop turner

great for turning tubes of fabric the right way out. ie: for bag handles.

Point turner

For pushing out corners, gives a nice crisp edge to inside pockets and to the corners of  the bag.


For attaching decorative items such as sequins, diamantes and rosettes.

Plastic clips

Great for holding together fabric that would be damaged by pins - faux leather for example.

Teflon foot

For sewing with faux leather or other fabrics where a normal foot will not slide smoothly over.

This is obviously not a comprehensive list, there are lots of other handy little gadgets around that are nice to have but not essential. but if you know of any other essential tools, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by,


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