I shared this post over at Imagine Gnats a couple of months ago, and I thought I’d post it today in case you missed it!
Rachael and I bonded over our mutual love of sewing, so I shared some of my favourite sewing tools. I have to warn you – they are not fancy and many of you will have these items or similar. Just everyday practical items that I couldn’t be without!
My first favourite sewing tool is something I bought recently – a Chako Ace pen. It is a Japanese fabric marker, and the markings you make on your fabric vanish within 24 hours. It also has a white tip at the other end which acts like an eraser, so if you marked something incorrectly, you just erase it like magic!
Very cool and quite fun to use. I bought mine here – a bargain price at $4.50 with free shipping! Can’t go wrong! Edit – that shop is no longer selling the Chako Ace Pens 🙁 You might have to look elsewhere but there are similar products at Spotlight (if you are in Aus or NZ) or maybe at your local fabric / craft supply store.
Next are my trusty pinking shears. Lots of people I know haven’t bought a set because they can be really expensive, but I picked mine up at Ikea for only ten bucks! They have been great, and they really come in handy for clipping around curves and simple but decorative edging for appliques.
Finally, a chopstick. Why buy a special tool when a chopstick can push out your corners and stuff hobby fill into those tiny spaces when making softies? Simple and effective, and most of us have some floating around in a kitchen drawer!
I would also include my seam ripper in my list of favourites. What about you? What sewing tools can’t you live without? I’d love to know!