Both fun and practical, sewing is a great hobby and can be a great summertime activity to escape the summer heat. In order to be successful at your sewing projects, it can help to have a few basic tools. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Sewing box. While not a necessity, per se, a sewing box is useful to help you keep all of your sewing tools in one location. While it may be an extra expense purchasing a sewing box, it can also save you time and money when you are able to find what you need easily, without fear that you have lost something.
Sharp scissors. Dull scissors will make any project more difficult than it has to be, not to mention the fact that they make cutting threads (and therefore threading needles) nearly impossible and can result in damaged and wasted fabric. Do yourself the favor of investing in a quality pair of sewing scissors that you reserve only for cutting fabric.
Taylor’s Chalk. Taylor’s chalk is a must-have for anyone working with patterns. You can easily trace your pattern on to the fabric and remove the chalk easily later with no trace that it was ever there.
Pinking shears. This special kind of scissors cuts fabric in a zigzag edge to keep the edges of your fabric from fraying. Pinking shears can be a life saver if you spend much time working with fabric that has a tendency to fray, like satin for example.
Magnetic pin holder. A magnetic pin holder will do a much better jog holding on to your pins than a traditional pin cushion. It also allows you to simply wave the pin holder over your work area at the end of the day to ensure you haven’t missed any during clean up, saving you time and allowing you to avoid potentially injuring yourself.