Apart from a good sewing machine and spools, there are various other essential sewing tools that you’ll need to keep handy as you’ll be reaching out for them from time to time. It’s best to make a note of these essentials and always keep them at hand for sewing ‘emergencies’!
We’ve made the task easier by listing out a few essential tools that you should definitely have in your sewing kit.
2. A Rotary Cutter And A Clear Plastic Ruler
Rotary cutters can be really useful in cutting out patterned fabrics and are much easier to use as compared to fabric scissors. Their blades need to be kept sharp for the best results. They can also be easily replaced them from time to time.
The rotary cutter should always be rolled away from the body. It’s advisable to never cut in a ‘backwards’ direction i.e towards yourself as this can be very dangerous. It’s also crucial to keep your fingers away from the cutter. If you are a righty, then hold the ruler with your left hand while cutting down the right side of the ruler. Lefties can do the opposite.
A clear plastic ruler can help in straightening your fabric’s edges and also helps in measuring out and cutting out fabric with precision.
3. Seam Ripper
Mistakes do happen to the best of us – and this little tool can be of big help during those tough times. This tiny tool can help you cut and remove unwanted stitches.
Apart from its obvious use, it can also be used to cut open buttonholes as well as to turn out tiny corners! It can also come in handy when you need to open a slit into an applique fabric (not in the main fabric underneath). Now that’s value for money!
Do make sure that you invest in one that comes with a sturdy and comfortable handle.
4. Sewing Clips
Marking Chalk for Fabrics is an easy to erase, clay-based chalk that works well on fabric, glass, and vinyl. This tailor’s chalk leaves no grease spots, and the marks will wash or rub away. The unique, triangular shape of this chalk maintains a sharp marking edge.
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