Sewing can be daunting to many, with so many scary and funny looking tools to choose from we can understand how easy it is to get overwhelmed. Here at Flosstyle, we aim to help make sewing as simple as possible, hence why we have compiled a list of our top five sewing tools. These tools are what we consider essential for sewing and make a great list of basics to accumulate as a sewing beginner.
It is important to understand your tools and the impacts they have on your sewing. A good set of sewing tools is what sets apart a basic piece of sewing from an advanced one. It is important to remember that the quality of your sewing isn’t based on the amount of tools that you have. It is far more important to have a few really good tools that will aid you in preparing the perfect sewing piece.
One of the most important tools in sewing is the scissors you use. Scissors are used for practically everything in sewing. Having a sharp and good quality pair of scissors makes the sewing process much easier, giving you much more control over your work. The most important thing to consider when purchasing a pair of scissors for your sewing is that the scissors are fabric scissors. Any other scissors could potentially ruin your fabrics and work. If you are hoping for one pair of scissors to use universally, a medium or small sized sharp pair is your best bet. These will allow you efficiency whilst still retaining control over your scissor work.
How do I know which sewing scissors are the right ones?
However, if you wanted to cover all basis, different sized scissors are important for different reasons. Large cutting scissors are essential for cutting large pieces of fabric. They cut time and make the process much easier. However, if you’re hoping to create more detailed works, then it is essential that you invest in a good small and sharp pair of scissors. These sewing scissors will allow you to retain control over your work and create beautifully detailed sewing masterpieces.
A sharp seam ripper
No matter how experienced you may be, every sewer makes mistakes. This is why a good, sharp seam ripper is an essential tool in your sewing kit. Seam rippers essentially rid your works of the wrongs you may make, allowing you to quickly fix your work in the case of an accident. The most important feature of a seam ripper is that it remains sharp. Blunt seam rippers simply won’t do as they run the risk of damaging the rest of your sewing project by pulling and ripping the surrounding fabrics. If you already have a seam ripper, make sure it is sharp and as soon as it becomes blunt, replace it! The easiest way to use a seam ripper is to hold the fabric with one hand and, with the other, go up under the stitches and rip them out. This will allow for control over both fabric and seams, ripping seams out in the easiest way possible.
Handy measuring tools
Measuring tools are a staple in sewing, they are used for practically everything. It would be impossible to find a pattern that does not require you to measure out materials prior to use. Since different patterns call for different measurements it is useful to use measurement tools that include both metric and imperial units. Measuring tape is one of the most commonly used measuring tools. Not only does your measuring tape have to be versatile, but it also must be flexible. Sometimes, sewing preparation can be much more complex than measuring out the area of flat pieces of fabric. This is why we recommend you buy measuring tape that is flexible, so it can be wrapped around odd surfaces. Measuring tape isn’t the only measuring tool that you can use. A ruler is also incredibly helpful. If a ruler isn’t as flexible as you would like, a ruler and a piece of wool/string work great together. To measure out lengths, all you have to do is measure it out on your piece of wool/string and measure this segment of string on the ruler. Another measuring tool which sewers may use is a sewing gauge. This tool makes measuring much easier with a slider, meaning you can set the gauge at the length you require, instead of having to locate it on individual lines. These are also really helpful for measuring lengths across curved surfaces or corners. The combination of the three of these items or just one of them allows for simple and accurate measurement, a key aspect of a good piece of sewing.
The perfect pins
There are many different types of pins and it can be easy to get confused about which ones are important in sewing. Pins allow for your pattern to be held in place while you sew and also secure smaller bits into your piece. Straight pins are the most common type of pins, these are pins made of a straight piece of wire with a pointed end. There are different types which differ with thickness, length and the material the heads and tips are made of. The most common type of straight pin is a ballpoint pin. These are pins which have rounded points, this means that they are great at holding together fabrics which are delicate such as knits. There are many different ballpoint pins depending on their sizes, however, these are commonly used by sewers across the board. Another type of pin is the dressmaker’s pin. These pins are classic and can be used for any type of fabric. They avoid fabric damage due to their small pinhead. The third most common pin is a glass head pin. These pins are fine which means that they can be used on delicate fabrics such as silk. They are also really good to iron over as glass tips will not melt when in high heat. Choosing pins may seem daunting but the three main types are listed out for you in this article. The most important thing is that you understand what materials each is used for and why. Through obtaining the perfect pins, you will be able to hold together a wide variety of materials whilst keeping your sewing piece intact.
Wash Away Tape
Wash Away Tape is a tape which holds on to fabrics and, basically, forces them to stay in place. It can also be applied to the fabric to avoid them from stretching out as well as reinforcing seams. This is super helpful when sewing things like zippers, necklines, armholes and pockets. Using wash away tape is a great, easy alternative to having to ‘stay stitch’ fabric. Instead of this, all you have to do is lay down a piece of tape in its desired place, and hold the fabric together. The best part about washj away tape is that it is completely dissolvable. This will mean that you do not need to go back and take it out after it has been used.
We hope that this article has made the crazy world of sewing seem much more simple to you. Believe it or not, sewing isn’t as complicated and costly as it is made out to be, and you can get started with these 5 essential tools to sewing, some which you may already have in your home. As time goes on, you can start to build your collection of tools, but, for the main part, these tools, along with a sewing machine and a passion for patterns, is all you need to start your sewing journey.
Make sure to check out some of our other blogs if you want to learn more from Flosstyle about sewing.