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    May 28, 2014, 06.55 PMby debora sosa

    I can’t live without my pattern weights!!! Specially since they are actually naturally polished rocks I found at the beach! They are beautiful and keep my patterns from flying away.

    Debora S. Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

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    May 28, 2014, 05.45 PMby Tpj1969

    I always keep an iron, pressing cloth and a clapper close by my sewing station. They are my favorite and essential notions. A quick press is always a good place to begin a project, both fabric and pattern (I often give my paper pattern a light mash before laying out.). Use a pressing cloth between iron and fabric. Steam and a good wooden clapper will improve any hem, seam, pleat or dart.

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    May 28, 2014, 02.42 AMby outdooranimal

    I use an opthalmic 45 degree scalpel for removing stitches. Tiny and razor sharp, makes fast work for errant stitches or things needing to be taken apart to be repaired.

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    May 27, 2014, 07.23 PMby misslivia

    A chopstick is actually one of my favorite tools – I make bow ties all the time for my online shop and there is literally nothing better than a chopstick to turn a bow tie right-side out. I’ve tried using knitting needles in the past, but they generally have pointier tips, which can rip holes through the fabric. A nice wooden chopstick with a blunt end does the job every time and allows me to turn a bow tie in seconds!

    - Olivia L., Seattle, WA, US

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    May 27, 2014, 01.45 PMby gwmartin

    Post-Its! They’re not just for university and the doctor’s office anymore. A tiny block of post-its never leaves my sewing kit. Bare with me.

    While drafting/altering patterns Post-Its are a life saver for simple math and jotting measurements. They also help keep a list going of all the things you forgot/ran out of for that one project.

    They are heavy enough to add additional pattern weight while cutting out your fabric. A block of post-its also makes a very small straight edge when you are in a pinch (e.g.,checking your 90 degree corners).

    They are sticky but they don’t mar the fabric, so you can lay stitching notes or reminders on your pattern pieces.

    When you are finished with the notes on the front, The sticky side can act like a povo lint roller for the inevitable thread doom by your foot pedal.

    AND LAST BUT NOT LEAST (Drumroll please) [warning: this will change your sewing game] For those obscure stitch lines and hems that don’t match a guideline on the plate of your machine. Don’t pout- cultivate your desired guideline based on the garment; square a post-it off to the needle, and stick that puppy down. The edge of the post it is now your guideline. Bam, beautiful even stitch lines- people will think you are a wizard!

    P.S. Post-Its are recyclable- so have Mother Earth’s back, while post-its has got yours.

    George Martinat Asheville, NC, US.

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    May 27, 2014, 11.16 AMby loves2sew555

    I simply cannot live without my seamriper!! I will literally cry if I can’t find it! You literally cannot do any wrong when you have a seam riper and is literally the best tool ever invented! All the other tools I never really use as I got into sewing by myself and was never formally taught. I just picked it up as I went along and improvised with different tools around the house – nail polish as pattern weights, grease proof paper as tracing paper, sharpie to trace patterns, pencil to make on fabric, two pencils stuck together to add seam allowance… the list goes on. I always get annoyed at how expensive sewing tools are and how unnecessary they are for example the tool that turns a fabric tube the right way round.. just use a safety pin! :)

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      May 27, 2014, 11.19 AMby loves2sew555

      My name is Amber Allen from Leicester, England :)

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      May 27, 2014, 02.54 PMby gwmartin

      I love your post. I must admit, I glanced over it time and time again because I was like ‘nah, duh’ everyone loves a seam ripper. I use Ginger’s sickled retractable seam ripper, it is costly but it is replaceable and seams shudder in fear when it comes near. I love my BCBG sewing supplies as much as I love hood paper bag patterning. nail polish as weights that is just clever. Happy sewing

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      May 27, 2014, 06.04 PMby loves2sew555

      Ha thanks! A seam ripper is definitely the best sewing tool! When I had the brain wave of using nail polishes as weights I must admit I was really proud of myself! But then I get distracted by a nail colour and just have to paint my nails ! :p

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      May 28, 2014, 06.47 PMby misslivia

      I have three seam rippers because I love them so much and never want to be caught without one! I wish I didn’t have to use it all that much, but alas, I do!

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    May 26, 2014, 07.59 PMby Cynsin

    Another favorite notion is the sticky measuring tape. I was using it for slipcovers only. However, I’m making a linen dress using couture techniques and it works really nicely on the hand picked zipper. I place it 1/4 inch away from the center and the markings ensure my stitches are exactly 1/4 inch apart. Lovely!

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    May 24, 2014, 05.42 PMby sewzgud

    I use custom fabric piping on a lot of projects, including garments and home furnishings. It adds such a beautiful accent. I recently bought the “DARR Piping Magic” piping seam allowance trimmer. It features guides to trim custom-made piping to any of 6 different seam allowance widths, from 1/4 inch to one inch. It is fast, accurate and easy to use. I can’t imagine being without it!

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    May 24, 2014, 11.28 AMby purplefan

    The Singer brush-like the one in your photo-is great for cleaning feed dogs, bobbin case and any other nook with lint on the machine! The bristles are long and soft, superior to the mini plastic bristle brushes some sewing machines get in their kit or accessory box.

    Since I have used the brush long before compressed air in a can was known to me for making quick cleanup of a portable machine, I still rely on the brush.

    I’m surprised to see a pattern tracing wheel in the photo-have not used it in a long time. Mom used to have the navy or red carbon sheets, which I found fascinating as a teen.

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    May 23, 2014, 12.07 AMby Cynsin

    My newest favorite is a notion I’m sure many other sewing gadget “junkies” like me have purchased only to have it sit in a drawer languishing…beeswax. I currently am constructing a lovely linen dress and following couture techniques. Of course, this means much hand sewing, which included, for me, the challenge of tangled, knotted thread. I had read about beeswax and dismissed it before. I decided to give it a try and, now, not only am using it, I added the additional suggestion of pressing the wax into the thread with a warm iron. Fabulous results and an item that now will be used often!

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    May 22, 2014, 04.47 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

    I love my Bernina Buttonhole foot #3. It’s great for sewing buttonholes where foot #3A just won’t, but it’s also great for invisible zips, whipped hems, cording, and stitches where I need extra visibility.

    Also on the list of “Essential Presser Feet You Didn’t Know You Needed” is an even feed foot, especially when sewing pleather on a mid-range sewing machine. This will make or break your leather skirt or jacket.

    My other favourite notion (in case feet don’t count) is my box of forked pins, or as I call them in real life “The Amazing Plaid Matching Pins”. They save (what seems like) hours of frustrated unpicking and resewing when you are making a plaid skirt or a dress with intersecting seams that just have to match up. Perfection is important when you’re doing a fashion degree.

    Sabrina WB Cottingham, East Yorkshire, England

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      May 22, 2014, 05.13 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      Just remembered another one: those wooden sticks you get in manicure kits. They make great “extra fingers” when doing something fiddly at the sewing machine, and the two different ends help in different ways: the pointed one is good for getting really close to the needle, and the angled, flat end is good for keeping things flat.

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