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Sunday, 6 February 2011

Sewing tools | Sewing Tools and Notions | Basic Sewing Tools|

Sewing tools | Sewing Tools and Notions | Basic Sewing Tools|

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  1. Basic Sewing Tools
    There are some sewing tools that you can’t even
    begin without. The correct sewing tool makes
    any sewing project easier. Knowing which tool to
    select and where to use it will simplify and
    improve the outcome of each sewing step. The
    sewing tools listed below are the basic tools of
    the trade that help you save precious sewing
    When purchasing sewing tools, select brand names for quality products that have clear
    Disappearing Ink Pen
    A non permanent ink pen, usually with blue or violet ink, is used for transferring pattern
    markings. The ink eventually disappears (air-soluble) or is easily removed with water
    (water-soluble). Check the ink on a scrap of the fabric prior to using it on your projects.
    Iron & Ironing Board
    You cannot sew without these. While sewing, keep your iron warmed to the wool
    setting, and be prepared to press each seam after you stitch it, depending on the
    fabric’s ability to handle heat. Never stitch across a seam that hasn’t been pressed. It’s
    a sure way to make your project look home-made.
    Sewing needles, both hand and machine, are another must-have item. There are
    many types of needles, and there are separate guidelines that give in-depth
    information on how to choose the correct one for your sewing project. For the most
    basic machine-sewing project, choose a universal or ball-point needle for knit
    fabrics, and a “sharp” for woven fabrics. Choose the size of the needle based on the
    weight of the fabric. For lightweight fabrics, choose a finer needle (lower numbers); for
    heavyweight fabrics, choose a thicker needle (larger numbers).
    Straight pins range in lengths from 1/2" to 1 7/8". Look for sharp, smooth, rustproof pins
    that can bend without breaking. Use different types for general sewing, quilting,
    working with silks or knits.
    Pincushions come in a variety of styles. The most popular styles include the familiar red
    tomato with an emery-filled strawberry, which sharpens and cleans pins and
    needles; a rectangular, wristband pincushion mounted on a plastic wristband
    that is perfect for pin-fitting and marking hems; and magnetic “grabber” types that
    make for easy plop-and-drop pin catching.
    Seam Gauge
    Also called a sewing gauge, this 6" ruler with a sliding red marker has many uses.
    Use it to mark hems, buttons and buttonholes as well as design details, such as pleats and tucks.
    Seam Ripper
    A curved metal cutting blade used to “rip” stitches or “reverse sew.”One end of the curved blade has a sharp point and the other has a small plastic ball that prevents the ripper from slipping.
    Use a seam ripper to remove stitches one at a time, slash machine stitched buttonholes, and to pick out loose threads caught in stitching.
    Tape Measure
    Flexible fibreglass or fabric measuring tape that is ideal for taking body measurements, measuring patterns and
    layouts as well as general measuring. Fabric types tend to stretch after prolonged use.
    Made of metal, rubber, leather or plastic, this small, protective cover slips over the index or middle finger.
    When hand sewing or quilting, a thimble protects the fingertip from pin pricks and is used to push the needle through multiple layers of fabric.
    Sewing Tools for Professional Results
    As with any profession or hobby, using the right tools can make all the difference in the
    world and can make the difference between amateur or professional results. Even if you’ve
    only sewn a few projects and collected some basic sewing tools, it may be time to learn
    about some of the advanced sewing tools designed to give your project that professional
    Most sewing projects can be completed without the following tools, but as you improve
    and fine-tune your skills and develop an affinity for quilting, home decorating or clothing
    construction, you’ll find these tools indispensable for saving time, increasing accuracy and
    simplifying tasks.