In this article, you will learn the must-have dressmaker’s shears and other cutting tools every sewist should have in his/her toolkit; how to choose wisely; and how to care and respect your instruments.
In this article, you will learn the anatomy of a straight pin and how to choose the right pin for any sewing job; how to sharpen a dull straight pin; and how to discard used up straight pins safely.
In this article, you will learn that choosing the wrong sewing machine needle can cause a sewing machine to act the total ar$e; the anatomy of a sewing machine needle; the many flavors of needles; how to read a sewing machine needle packet; how to store used needles for future use; and how to discard a used up needles safely.
In this article, you will learn the least you need to know about sewing machine thread fiber content; thread weight; choosing high-quality thread; choosing the appropriate thread colour for your project; checking thread quality; testing thread strength; and storing thread.
In this article, you will learn the three essential measuring tools you must have in your toolkit; the beauty of grid rulers; how to stop rulers from slip-sliding all over your cutting surface; the importance of knowing how to read a ruler; and, what we ladies, all need to get over!
In this article, you will learn the various options for marking your fabric, such as tailor’s chalk; chalk pencils; chalk wheels; dressmaker’s carbon paper + tracing wheels; washable crayons; Avery labels, and more. You will also learn how to remove marks efficiently and effectively once they’ve accomplished their mission.
In this article, you will learn the virtue of a heavy iron; the necessity of a pressing cloth; how to clean your iron; the value of a tailor’s ham or seam roll; the simple $1 solution for leaky irons; and more.
In this article, you will be introduced to the wild world of sewing notions and how to find out what notions are required for your sewing project if you are using a commercial sewing pattern.
In this article, you will learn that being organized makes the sewing process more enjoyable; less stressful; and protects your tools and supplies. I hope that it also inspires you to think outside the box when considering options in you sewing space.