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Sewing Must Haves

Having the right tool for the right job is always a plus even for sewing projects.  I’m sure anyone who does crafting or sewing, even the very casual sewer, has the very basic items readily available; like a good pair of scissors, needle and thread.

Here are some worthwhile tools that I’m sure you will find helpful to give your sewing projects that professional look and feel.   A well equipped sewing room always has a seam ripper at hand, maybe even two.  You will just have those moments when it will be necessary to utilize the seam ripper and this tool does make fast work of taking out thread.

Another great tool to have at your disposal is a knit picker.   You know how your favorite sweater will get a snag and you end up with a pulled thread, well the knit picker makes fast work of pulling that loop to the wrong side of the material and you cannot tell that there was ever a snag.

Fray check is another one of my personal favorite sewing aids.  The name says it all!!  This liquid, when dry, helps to keep fabric and/or threads from fraying.   Easy to use and is machine washable and dry cleanable.

Sewing snips are a convenient item to have for cutting threads.  They are lighter than a pair of scissors and  you use only one motion for snipping those threads.

A needle threader, tweezers and a soft measuring tape are very useful items to have readily available too.  A turning/stuffing tool is super nice to have when you have to turn a corner to the right side or getting batting into small areas.  Actually, I have had success using a knitting needle or a chop stick to help make a crisp corner or pushing that little bit of batting into place.

Elastic  threaders or a bodkin are great to use to help pull elastic through a casing.   Safety pins are a must too and can also be attached to the end of elastic for threading through a casing.

A couple of more unusual items to have in your sewing basket are a telescopic magnet and a magnifying glass. The magnet is a great tool to help pick up those pins that you know are going to spill or to find that one illusive pin that dropped onto the rug and you can’t see it.  Speaking of can’t seeing, the magnifying glass gives you that extra oomph when looking at very small, detailed work.

These little sewing aids are not only perfect for the seamstress/crafter but also having them available in a little bin in your closet or desk drawer at work for those times when a clothing mishap presents itself would be an unexpected pleasure!!


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Not the same old Resolution!!

The beginning of a new year makes us ready for resolutions of all kinds.  Why not take this time to organize all those sewing supplies, clean your sewing machine and stock up on your sewing notions!!

Make sure you have plenty of sewing needles:  Sizes 9, 10 are great for delicate fabrics, Sizes 12, 14 work for medium weight fabrics and Sizes 16, 18 are for those heavier fabrics like denim.  Sewing with a good, sharp needle can really make a difference when sewing and in the completed project itself.  One needle is good for about 15 hours of sewing.  Also, you can use little wire baskets to store your needles by sizes and types.

Now is a great time also to read your sewing machine manual again to make sure you are oiling it correctly.  Take off the needle plate and use a little brush to remove all those pesky thread fuzzies!!  Keep a small makeup brush in your supply stash to dust your machine regularly.

Purchase some new bobbins for your machine to have ready for all those projects you have dancing in your head.  Nothing worse than to begin a new activity and realize all your bobbins are filled with the wrong color of thread.  Also, organize your spools of thread by color on a thread rack.  They are ready at a glance for that inspirational moment that strikes at 10:00 p.m. or, like me, at 5:00 a.m. Take a moment to sort bias tapes, elastics, Velcro, etc. into small totes for easy access.  Small canning jars work nicely for buttons and make for a fun display too.  Sorting your buttons by color is really a time saver.

A couple of sewing references that I enjoy checking out are Clotilde and Atlanta Thread and Supply.

Just taking an afternoon or weekend getting your sewing space organized, labeled, and cleaned up will not only brighten your area but will give you that “feel good” fuel to generate new projects.


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