The 5 basic sewing tools you can't do without!

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.

1. Fabric Shears

Yes, fabric shears are definitely one of the most important items that you’ll need to stock in your sewing kit. It’s important to keep them separate and not use them for any other projects apart from sewing as their blades can dull out and end up damaging the fabric. It is also important to invest wisely in them instead of opting for the cheapest ones as good ones can last you for a long time.

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

Yes, we know what all the pin-lovers are thinking! But these little tools are much easier and safer to handle! They are extremely useful to hold layered sections without distortion. And as they come with flat backs and flat sides – they can be used to hold fabric at a flat angle so that the hem or edge doesn't pucker or wrinkle up.
The major advantage of investing in these is that you can even use them for fabrics such as laminate, leather, vinyl, silk, satin wherein using pins is not suitable. Now that’s a win-win situation!


5. Fabric Markers

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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