Discover The Sewing Gadgets You Need
For Your New Sewing Ideas
What sewing gadgets are you likely to require when you have those new sewing ideas? Here is a
quick breakdown of the most useful tools.
Number one has to be a tape measure. However, do now rely on one your grannie gave you as they
do tend to stretch a bit over time. You may also consider a flexible clear ruler with grid markings. A
yardstick or a longer ruler is always useful so you can measure from the floor to a hemline and a
seam gauge is a six inch ruler with a sliding marker and acts as a quick and accurate measuring
device. Watch that your gauge does not get bent as you will then need to replace it.
Basting tape is a very useful double-sided tape that can be used as a replacement for tacking thread
to temporarily hold fabrics or zippers in place until they are sewn without the need for pins. If you
use pins, make sure they are stainless steel and have a fine point. Longer pins with glass or plastic
heads are easier to work with and to find if you drop them (which you will!), but please throw them
out when they become damaged. Keep a magnet handy as this will be a big help if you drop the pins,
so it may be a good idea to get a magnetic pin cushion which will serve a double purpose.
Something else that needs to be replaced is your sewing needles as blunt needles are difficult to
work with. If you are sewing by hand, get yourself a thimble or thimble pads. Thimble pads have
adhesive backs but can be a bit difficult to get in exactly the right place. If you are like me and your
eyesight isn't what it used to be, a needle threader is a must!
Tailor's (or dressmaker) chalk or slivers of plain soap can prove useful for marking material. Another
alternative would be water-erasable pens, but remember to test that the ink does not stain the
fabric. You can also get disappearing ink or air-erasable marking pens where the marks fade over
time or, you can just remove them with water. Try a serrated tracing wheel for transferring m