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Five Sewing Tools and Products Which Make For Easier Sewing

Sewing is not what it used to be with more modern machines and accessories that shortcut processes and make the sewing part easier and more accurate.

There are five basic tools that really make the process of sewing much easier. Of course it is easier with a good sewing machine that it ever will be by hand, but these are must have items that top off the list.

1. Wonder tape – is one of those ideas that you wish that you had thought of. It is simple to use and it dissolves and disappears when washed. It is double sided and is used to secure pieces of fabric together before they are sewed. Lemon Squeezy Home has a nice project using it so you may want to go and see how it was used on her maternity shirt.

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It ensures that they stay the way you want them to be sewed. It is great for holding zippers in place, as well as long pieces of fabric. It can be located at most sewing centers, retail and discount stores, as well as on the internet.

2. Wonder clips – If you like wonder tape, you’ll love wonder clips. These are similar and are wide enough to hold quilt bindings together as well as leather purse handles or straps. It is very handy for sewing applications with multiple layers that are thick. The clips have a flat base 1/4″ and 1/2″ allowance for seams. They are very easily removed, once you begin to feed your material through your sewing machine.

3. Portabe Iron – There are instances when you just simply need an iron that is small enough in size to fit into small spaces. This is when you need the Portable Iron from Petite Press which can be used with machine embroidery and applique projects, if only a portion needs to be pressed, even while the material is still in the hoop. It is extremely portable, so it can be taken anywhere to sewing group meetings and so forth.

The small iron is ideal for the pressing of seams to open them and for straightening out those corners that are turned. It warms up very quickly and doesn’t get the room heated like a normal sized iron will.

4. Tricot – For a device that can be used both as an underlining and as an interfacing, depending on which application you are using, the Pellon Easy Knit is a tricot that is fusible. It is available just about anywhere you can buy fabric, and it comes in black or white with widths of 20″. It also comes in `1.5 wide by 10 or 30 yard rolls.

5. Rotary cutter – is used for pinking is a quick way to effortlessly and quickly add an element of decoration to a fabric edge or other crafting projects. If you don’t have a serger, it also makes quick work for the finishing the edges of the seams of garments. These rotary shears are very easy to use and are much more ergonomic than the pinking shears that we have all traditionally used.

These types of tools and gadgets are all borne out of the sewing experiences of others in the past who said, “Why not have . . .?” And now we do! Its amazing how new things are invented every day making our hobbies and lives easier.;) If you want to learn more about sewing accessories for beginners, check out Sewing Made Simple. I like her Learn How To Sew Series.

This entry was posted on July 21, 2015, in Sewing.

How To Build Your Sewing Room

A space for sewing is a great thing to have. However, to do this properly you need to have your room laid out right.sewing room

If it is not laid out right, you could end up tripping on top of your machine or even worse have fabric all over the place and not be able to get the work completed that you want to do. However, with some advice it is going to be easy to get the sewing room set up exactly how you want it to be and know it is going work for the projects you are trying to complete.

A cutting table is going to be one of the items that you need to have in your sewing room. With the cutting table you will have a chance to get the fabric cut in your home, rather than at the store, but also be able to control the lines of the cuts that you are making. However, you need to make sure you have the cutting table set up in a space that you have full access to the table. This way you will be able to get around the table and know you can cut the fabric you need to.

The sewing machine itself, if it is in a table or a long arm should be towards the center of the room. This means you need to have a center plug in the room on the floor, but with the sewing machine in the middle of the room, it is going to be easier for you to get the access you need for the sewing and be able to get around the sewing machine and know it is going to be in a spot that will let you complete the projects you want to do.

Fabric storage is important as well when you are working on laying out your sewing room. While you may not think about this, you need to realize you need to have some type of storage shelves in place. These shelves can be something as simple as a bookshelf, to something that is built into the walls. You just have to make sure you are looking at the shelves and have them on a wall that is accessible, but also is going to be easy for you to work with and store fabric in.

As you may have found out, it can be hard to build your sewing room at times. This is when you should learn more about how to build your sewing room. When you have this advice, it is going to be easy for you to get the sewing room laid out properly. Then you will not have to be concerned about the room not working for what you want it to. Instead, you will find the sewing room is going to work perfect for what you want to do and know you can easily complete any of your projects you want to do.

This entry was posted on March 15, 2015, in Crafts, Sewing.