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What’s the most unique sewing tool you can’t live without?

In our premier issue of BurdaStyle US magazine, we debuted a new article called “Top 10”. There, we compile a list of your insider tips. The premier issue features your Top 10 tips for sewing the perfect buttonhole.

Now, in preparation for the next issue of BurdaStyle, we want to know: WHAT’S THE MOST UNIQUE SEWING TOOL YOU CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Comment below with what it is and what it does. And include your first name, last initial, city, and country (or State if you live in the US). Your insider tip could appear in the next issue of BurdaStyle US!


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    Jan 9, 2014, 07.08 PMby LPepper

    My Unique sewing tool is something my sewing kid cannot be complete with out. this took is an ordinary wooden tooth pick. I use tooth picks to create the perfect button shank. The reason they are the best is because they are strong, a great thickness and completely smooth so that I can easily make a secure button and simply slide the tooth pick out when I am ready to make finish the shank.

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    Oct 23, 2013, 02.50 AMby jenss-1

    A full set of colored pencils – for tracing, but also for marking my changes to the pattern, distinctively.

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      Oct 23, 2013, 05.20 AMby Mary Athey

      I bought a full set as well lol. Did yours come with the pen to put the chalk in? I saw my set in one of my sewing mags and it really is great for marking darts etc. I have it sat on my machine along with my stitch rip.snips and tweezers lol x

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      Oct 24, 2013, 02.36 AMby jenss-1

      Mary, I think yours is fancier than mine! My set is just from the stationery store. Sometimes I get a bit carried away with the pencil choices and have to put a color key on my pattern so that I know what line is what…

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      Oct 24, 2013, 08.13 PMby Denise Wild

      great idea!

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    Oct 22, 2013, 10.14 PMby Schatz011

    Silver gel pen, it washes out perfectly, it’s very precise and you can use it on most colors.

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    Oct 20, 2013, 12.47 PMby FaithMorgan

    Large washers from the hardware store. They make great pattern weights. And, because they don’t have much height, you can get the rotary cutter around them with ease.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 01.11 PMby alekat

    I have two unconventional tools – First is a strong magnet that I put inside a small candle tin which acts as a pin catcher instead of having to put the pins in bowl and risk them spilling over onto the floor.

    The second is my old coffee cup which I use as a tiny bin for bits of thread and snipped off corners. I have a cat who likes to chew on everything so the cup holds the threads until I can put them in the bin

    Catherine A, Sydney Australia

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    Oct 18, 2013, 12.46 PMby Lesley Lynn

    A tiny gadget called a needle applicator. Mine has a brush on the end, but the working end has a hole to grab machine needles when changing. It has transformed my sewing, as I now happily change needles frequently and always have the right needle for the fabric on which I am working. Before i was introduced to this tiny treasure, I loathed the fiddle of changing needles and dropping them into my serger mechanics. No more.

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    Oct 18, 2013, 08.30 AMby nkaiy

    its my tropical scissors

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    Oct 18, 2013, 03.00 AMby Graca

    A jean-a-ma-jig!

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      Oct 24, 2013, 08.14 PMby Denise Wild

      What’s a jean-a-ma-jig?

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    Oct 17, 2013, 02.38 PMby Meldbombs

    This stuff called jiffy tape for when i am lazy to actually sew things like piping, just take bias tape, put in the cord and then put the tape and iron it

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    Oct 17, 2013, 02.08 PMby max

    My unconventional sewing tool is a metal yardstick! I slip it inside tubes of fabric to iron the seams flat on the inside and outside after I turn them. Just have to be sure and let it cool off after ironing.

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    Oct 17, 2013, 10.53 AMby freakusbzzz

    Definitely my Seam Allowance Guide !! Mega time saver and a very cool invention. Even if I do say so myself : http://seamallowanceguide.com

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    Oct 17, 2013, 02.07 AMby croustinath

    I have never liked the erasable markers for fabric. I discovered pastel crayons in the art supplies store and now I have at least a dozen of them, in different colours. I always have the perfect crayon to mark every fabric, just a tone lighter or darker than my fabric!

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    Oct 16, 2013, 10.38 PMby sewster55

    a plastic chop stick…. i find it very useful for pushing out corners and points

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    Oct 16, 2013, 06.50 PMby jmelsha

    A surgical type seam ripper for “unsewing” my mistakes.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 06.44 PMby Anna Nguyen

    There are lots of sewing tools I can’t live without, but the unique, specialized tool I can’t live without would be duckbill scissors. Sure I can clip curved seams with regular scissors, but duck bill scissors give that additional, comforting, assurance of not clipping too deep.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 06.17 PMby Jon Fulton Adams

    Tailor’s Ham or Point Turner, it’s a tie … and, for the record, scissors aren’t that ‘unique’.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 05.22 PMby MojoHollz

    Just thought of another one :P Tissue paper, like you would use when wrapping presents. It is super cheep but makes great pattern paper. Easy to see through for tracing patterns, easy to cut, and did I mention super cheep?

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      Oct 18, 2013, 01.13 PMby alekat

      Oh i was going to say cooking parchment which is very similar! i also use it to stop my machine from skipping stitches on slippery fabrics!

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      Oct 19, 2013, 04.34 AMby MojoHollz

      Wow I never thought of parchment paper, I will have to try that! I have used the tissue paper for sewing vinyl to keep it from sticking similar to you and your parchment paper too! What can I say we are geniuses :P

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    Oct 16, 2013, 05.20 PMby MojoHollz

    Invisible zipper foot for the sewing machine! One of those things I never wanted to buy because I had a regular zipper foot, oh how naïve I was! This takes 90% of the frustration out of installing invisible zippers! It is the tool that probably cost me the least but I am most happy I bought :)

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    Oct 16, 2013, 03.46 PMby mcclxix

    I like how people are answering “scissors” to a request for a unique sewing tool.

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    Oct 16, 2013, 02.56 PMby espantalhete

    the scissors!!

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