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Basic Sewing ToolsThere are some sewing tools that you can’t evenbegin without. The correct sewing tool makesany sewing project easier. Knowing which tool toselect and where to use it will simplify andimprove the outcome of each sewing step. Thesewing tools listed below are the basic tools ofthe trade that help you save precious sewingtime. When purchasing sewing tools, select brand names for quality products that have cleardirections.Disappearing Ink PenA non permanent ink pen, usually with blue or violet ink, is used for transferring patternmarkings. 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 BoardYou cannot sew without these. While sewing, keep your iron warmed to the woolsetting, and be prepared to press each seam after you stitch it, depending on thefabric’s ability to handle heat. Never stitch across a seam that hasn’t been pressed. It’sa sure way to make your project look home-made.NeedlesSewing needles, both hand and machine, are another must-have item. There aremany types of needles, and there are separate guidelines that give in-depthinformation on how to choose the correct one for your sewing project. For the mostbasic machine-sewing project, choose a universal or ball-point needle for knitfabrics, and a “sharp” for woven fabrics. Choose the size of the needle based on theweight of the fabric. For lightweight fabrics, choose a finer needle (lower numbers); forheavyweight fabrics, choose a thicker needle (larger numbers). PinsStraight pins range in lengths from 1/2" to 1 7/8". Look for sharp, smooth, rustproof pinsthat can bend without breaking. Use different types for general sewing, quilting,working with silks or knits. PincushionPincushions come in a variety of styles. The most popular styles include the familiar redtomato with an emery-filled strawberry, which sharpens and cleans pins andneedles; a rectangular, wristband pincushion mounted on a plastic wristbandthat is perfect for pin-fitting and marking hems; and magnetic “grabber” types thatmake for easy plop-and-drop pin catching.Seam GaugeAlso 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 RipperA 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 MeasureFlexible fibreglass or fabric measuring tape that is ideal for taking body measurements, measuring patterns andlayouts as well as general measuring. Fabric types tend to stretch after prolonged use.ThimbleMade 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 ResultsAs with any profession or hobby, using the right tools can make all the difference in theworld and can make the difference between amateur or professional results. Even if you’veonly sewn a few projects and collected some basic sewing tools, it may be time to learnabout some of the advanced sewing tools designed to give your project that professionaledge.Most sewing projects can be completed without the following tools, but as you improveand fine-tune your skills and develop an affinity for quilting, home decorating or clothingconstruction, you’ll find these tools indispensable for saving time, increasing accuracy andsimplifying tasks.