Top 5 Tools I Can't Sew Without

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There are lots of tools I use in my sewing room, but here are my top 5 must haves for any project. 

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1st Must Have Tool

Any good Sewist will tell you that #1 is a seam ripper!  Yep, that's right! Doesn't matter how long you've been sewing, you will always need a sharp seam ripper nearby to undo a mistake.   I would think after all these years I wouldn't need it as much, but when you do alterations, you need it to rip apart a garment. Then, of course, to rip out and re do something.  You can find them at the fabric store, most craft stores, and Walmart and of course on Amazon. 

My favorite seam ripper to be used can be found here on Amazon: 

2nd Must Have Tool

Second is a good pair of sharp dress maker scissors.  I am partial to Gingher, they are well made and very sharp which what you need for fabric.  Whatever you do, remember, don't cut paper with them!  (Even though I have from time to time)

My favorite dress maker scissors can be found here on Amazon:

3rd Must Have Tool

Third would have to be pins and lots of them! I like quilting pins because they are longer and have a round ball at the top which is easier to grab. I don't like those short little pins - they are hard to work. The only use I see for them is pinning mens dress shirts for display. 

My favorite quilting pins can be found here on Amazon:

4th Must Have Tool

Number four is tailors chalk.  There are various ones you can buy. I would stick with white because I just don't know how well the colored chalks can be removed, and I don't work with fabric enough to really need the colored chalk anyway. I do like the Carmel Super Glide Tailors chalk because it steams right off the fabric.  It works great for marking alterations or pattern lines or info you need to transfer to your material. 

My favorite tailors chalk can be found here on Amazon:  

Fifth Must Have Tool

Number five is going be a hem gauge.  These are primarily for measuring pants while you're fitting someone to hem their pants.  However, they are super handy, because they are small and you can grab it to measure a hem, seam width, etc. 

My favorite hem gauge tool can be found here on Amazon:

Ready to Sew

As you get started with sewing, these are the first things I would suggest starting with and then add to your collection as needed per project. 

What are some tools that you would recommend to a new sewist?  Leave us a comment!

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