I started sewing when I was very young. We’re talking pillows and blankets for my barbie beds (which I happened to construct out of shoe boxes), hair scrunchies (they were an 80’s thing in case you don’t know) and, eventually, I worked up to pillows and curtains for my own bedroom. In our previous homes, I always had my sewing machine set up, ready to make something at the drop of a hat. When we moved into this house almost 10 years ago, I sewed most of our window treatments and pillows. But, once those were all wrapped up, my sewing projects became few and far between, and my sewing machine started collecting dust.
All of that changed, recently, when I decided to get back to doing some of the things I enjoyed in the past. (Add being more physically active to that list as well!) Now, I’m pulling out my sewing machine more often and putting those skills I developed from a young age to use. I guess you could say I’m back in the saddle again.
If you’ve fallen off the sewing wagon and want to hop back on or, perhaps, you’d like to give it a try for the first time, I have Virginia from Fynes Designs sharing her sewing must-have tools. Virginia’s projects are always so impressive and I knew she must have some tricks up her sleeve. Here goes…
I thought back on my sewing projects previous to owing a quilting ruler, rotary cutter and self-healing mat, and it was a sad story. Nothing was straight and I spent forever trying to figure out how people did it! I think after a sewing machine this has to be your big next purchase. Plus I use it for paper too!
I use a variety of pins; I prefer glass head pins so you can press right over top them. But more importantly, I need more than one pin cushion… 3 to be exact! I have one on my cutting table, one beside my sewing machine, and one on the ironing board. I always have pins in reach, and always a place to put them back.
This handy tool looks like a tube of lipstick. It’s the best chalk I’ve used for sewing as you never have to worry about the lead breaking and it makes a fine line.
Having a great pair of sharp shears is so important for sewing, but just as important is a small pair that snip at the tip. I love these Westcott ones, they are perfect for clipping corners and I love having a pair beside the sewing machine to snip threads.
This is one of my favorites for my sewing machine. It has a ¼” guide, so as long as the fabric is rested against the edge of the foot, it sews a perfect seam without having to watch the line. It was very inexpensive, perfect for assembling a quilt.
For a quick and easy sewing project, check out my 10 minute dish towel aprons.
Feeling a little more ambitious? Follow my tutorial for sewing a girl’s purse (free pattern included!).
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Thanks, Virginia! I definitely need to get some of those glass-head pins since I’m always melting mine. And a foot where you don’t have to pay close attention- I’m in!
P.S. Your dish towel aprons are pinned on my “Sew It” board for later!
Do you have any sewing must-haves? What tools do you use to create flawless projects?
Enjoy your day,