It’s crazy just how much you accumulate as a creative person, no matter how much I recycle, throw away or donate unused items my creative space is always expanding and that’s just my fabric stash that I’m referring to. I have lots of scissors for various types of work and I always believe in having the correct tools as it saves time and makes your process more productive.
I bought this recent addition of two cute sewing boxes that I couldn’t resist, It has a padded lid that you can stick pins and needles in it’s essentially a pincushion.
1. Point turner – Use to form crisp points, well-shaped pockets and garment turnings by gently shaping from the inside.
2. Sewing gauge – Used for measuring short spaces and marking hem turnings.
3. Clippers – I tend to use these more often to clip threads than a small pair of scissors.
4. Tape measure – A vital piece of my equipment for pattern cutting and dressmaking.
5. Hand sewing needles – I’ve been using Sharps since my college days, they come in various sizes to suit different weights of fabric.
6. Small scissors – Essential for cutting threads and fiddly tasks.
7. Metal thimble – Your thimble should fit comfortably, without falling off, I wear mine to protect my finger that pushes the needle through the fabric. Without it, you’ll end up with lots of tiny holes in your fingertip.
8. Wrist pin cushion & pins – When I’m in a fitting it’s easy for me to access pins close by.
9. Beeswax – This will make your hand sewing easier and more enjoyable as you won’t have to worry about tangling threads as you work.
10. Chalk pencil – I use a chalk pencil to mark buttons, eyelets or pocket positions and the (chalk dispenser – my favourite) or a triangle shape to mark fabrics. This needs to be kept sharp for a clean line.
11. Screwdriver – I use a small screwdriver for swapping out machine plates.
12. Unpicker – For unpicking stitches and undoing seams
13. Buttonhole chisel – This cuts the fabric clearly through a machine-stitched buttonhole.
14. Safety pins – I mainly use them to anchor elastic or thread elastic through a channel. This handy 2-tier food storage container is what I use to store some of my tools in, it’s ideal because it’s long enough for my scissors. More on this later…