I was reminded last weekend at a sewing circle, that we all have our sewing essentials that we reach for every time. One woman's trusty seam ripper is another woman's worst enemy.
Sewing for me is synonimous with blissful solitude. But occasionally I like to meet up with others to share my excitement, latest pattern or to just eat cake and be. Inevitably at these sewing circles, someone has an incredible gadget that none of us have ever seen before and so it makes for expensive repercussions afterwards when I rush home and spend the evening tracking down those new fangled must haves!
It's lovely to try out new techniques and short cuts, but what are our top 10 must haves? We'll, I'm glad you asked!
Number 10: Bobbins
Bobbins, spare bobbins and even more bobbins! You can never have enough bobbins because there's nothing worse than all your bobbins being full of the wrong colour thread and there's nothing nicer than sitting down to your project and already having a freshly wound bobbin ready and waiting. Image credit.
Number 9: Bias Binding Maker
This neat little device allows you to become your own bias binding making factory from the comfort of your own home! No more unsightly, mismatched binding, you simply cut the stated width of fabric on the bias and then iron while passing through the device to create the folds in all the right places. Viola! Image credit.
Number 8: Small fabric scissors
It's so much easier to tidy up thread ends as you go rather than at the end of a project. For that reason it's ideal to keep a small pair of sharp scissors within arms reach.
Number 7: French chalk
Whether you like a large hulk of chalk in your hand, a tape measure around your neck and the imagination to pretend your work on Saville Row as you mark (guilty!) or you prefer the chalk pens that wind up for ease, french chalk is a must for pattern markings. Image credit.
Number 6: Vanishing pen
Occasionally a vanishing pen will have better results than chalk, depending on the fabric that you are working on. Always do a test on a scrap piece of fabric to ensure it vanishes and be sure not to iron over this to avoid setting in. We love vanishing pens for their ease and accuracy and it really is magic when those markings disappear all on their own. We wouldn't be without ours.
Number 5: A magnet
When you've just sat down and inadvertently knocked over a box of open pins everywhere, a decent sized magnet is great for rounding up all those loose pins. Your feet will thank you the following day! Image credit.
Number 4: Bodkin
This trusty little tool is fantastic for turning tubes of fabric inside out such as straps and waistbands. It has a rounded end which means that unlike the safety pin method, there is no danger of the fastening opening up and getting wedged inside the tube.
Number 3: Ironing gloves
Who knew there was such a thing! Heat resistant gloves mean you can iron in your hem or pleats with dignity rather than looking like you're playing a very hot piano. Genius. Image credit
Number 2: Bobbin holder
We are huge fans of the sacred bobbin holder. Not only does it prevent disastrous tangles but bobbins can be arranged in rainbow order - and that's the part that really make us smile!
Number 1: Seam ripper
Okay, so I know you've probably got one but have you got a sharp one? A sharp seam ripper can take dreaded seam ripping from dreaded to not quite so dreaded. Slightly. And they even make bejewelled and gold ones too, if you're stuck for Christmas list ideas that is!
What are your sewing bff's? firstname.lastname@example.org
Yours, feeling November-eee x