In my last newsletter – I asked you a question. I wanted to know what were your “I can’t live without it” sewing tools. You did not disappoint! So many great ideas here that I thought I’d share them with everyone.
Some of the tools you mentioned – I do carry in the shop. Others, I’m busy learning about – thanks so much to you. You may find them “on the shelves” at Quiltblox sometime soon.
Read all the way to the end to see how I organize all my favorite sewing tools – next to my sewing machine.
Your Favorite Sewing Tools
Patty – My favorite quilting tool is my…Crock Pot!! It makes sewing a dream because I can sew non-stop. I don’t have to stop to prepare dinner & it pretty much guarantees leftovers so another full day of sewing! The family loves it too as they can eat whenever they want to!
Carolyn – My ruler.
Gay: Good rulers, like Quilters Select and Bloc Loc, and rotary cutters are certainly necessities. But I also really like long, very fine pins! Clover has been my favorite so far, but of course, I am always on the lookout for others.
Susan: Right now the Folded Corner Clipper is my favorite tool – it’s the only way I can make Flying Geese without the bottom curving. I also just saw a YouTube video that shows how to use it to finish bindings – brilliant!
Nancy: Fork pins are my favorite tool. They are indispensable in matching seams.
Claudia: My best tool is my wooden manicure stick. I use it for bringing up the bobbin thread to the topside, poking and prodding my fabric under my needle, and poking out the corners of sewn projects (most recently … pillowcases).
Ada: When I started quilting, I soon realized my sewing thimbles did not work with quilting. I found the Roxanne thimbles at a quilt show. I didn’t want to pay the high price but I’m glad I did. It doesn’t rub blisters on my finger from stress and the needle doesn’t slip off the dimples. And my fingernail can be as long as I can get it to grow.
Janet: My seam ripper. No matter how careful I am, I sometimes need to rip & resew.
Paula: Right now, I am making bags. The one essential tool that I use is “by Annie’s” Stiletto. It holds fabrics, zippers, and binding pieces in place as you sew. I’m happy that I invested in Annie’s Stiletto!
Samantha: I can’t live without my 1/4 Add a Seam Ruler. I’m A FPP’er and I love this ruler!
Kathy: My Gingher scissors, Hera Marker from Clover, and red, white & blue diagonal seam tape, are game changers for me.
Kerre: It might be simple, but it is the rotary cutter. I have arthritis in my hands, particularly my right thumb. If I had to use scissors, I wouldn’t be quilting.
Tana: A small pair of sharp pointed scissors, great to cut and clip, and occasionally rip out stitches.
@Buttontwillandtwine: Apparently it’s my seam ripper
@bylauramcfall: Long-handled bent nose Tweezers. They came with a serger but I use them for everything
@BeverlyFugazzi: My folded corner Clipper – the fastest way to do binding and “flippy corners”. Followed by my rotary cutter that can be used for right or left hand and has super easy blade change.
@cshellyqbq: That Purple Thang and Wooly Felted Seam Press/Clapper – the best for pressing seams open.
@francesquilts: I love my thread snips.
@Jennykaequilts: Glue stick!
@Mpsquiltguild: The LED light strip on my machine. Makes working on dark colors much easier.
@Dragonflyquiltstudio: A wood-handled seam ripper with a flat side – by @woodturningsbycynthia
@Gerijansenvanvliet: A wooden finger-pressing tool. It flattens seams out nicely and saves many trips to the ironing station.
Thanks so much to every one of you who took a minute to share your favorite sewing tools with me!
What about you? Are your favorite sewing tools on the list? If not – add yours in the comments.
My favorite sewing tool is – a rotating desktop organizer. I use it to hold all those sewing tools – and keep them organized next to my sewing machine. I found mine many years ago at an office supply store. Here’s one that is very similar to the one I use: Rotating Desktop Organizer.