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You need lots of sharp things in your sewing room- you can never have too many!
These comfort handle scissors are Zede’s favorites for trimming threads and clipping curves. They were included in our “Dressmaker’s Delight” SewHere Box this year.
If you don’t have a buttonhole cutter set– it is one of the most accurate, fool-proof tools you’ll own. No more over-shooting with a seam ripper and ruining your garment on the final finishing step.
This Olfa rotary cutter is the exact cutter Zede and I use to cut out clothing every day. the blade is exposed when you squeeze the ergonomic handle, and you can lock it open or closed.
If you don’t have a pair of duckbill scissors for trimming appliqués and sheer fabrics, treat yourself to this Tula Pink pair! We use these scissors to trim close to our overstitched hems, as well.
Tame Your Fabrics
Don’t let the name of these straight pins fool you- they’re marketed for making Espadrille shoes, but they’re perfect for garment sewing and they’re the only kind we like! They’re extra long and won’t melt if you iron over them!
Wonderclips are a must-have alternative to pins when working with zippers or vinyl and leather. I especially enjoy the assorted color pack- it’s like working with little jewels in your sewing room!
Pattern weights help you keep your patterns and in place without distorting your fabrics. Simply lay out your patterns on grain, place the weights, and go to town with the rotary cutter! Canned for works too- but these smaller weights can fit into tapered, flappy parts of your pattern in a way that tuna-fish cans cannot.
If you ever have to tackle a large hemming job, like draperies, these clips help you mark a deep hem accurately. Just make sure to take them out before sewing over them. Another sewing notion that should last close to forever!
Sewing and Fitting Books
“Fit For Real People” is one of the most often recommended books in the Self Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group. It’s your body, make clothes to fit it!
“The Magic Pattern Book” is an excellent value with lots of good sewing instruction as well as patterns for up to 216 garments and accessories. The patterns run a bit large- so if your bust is under 36″, this might not be the book for you.
“Metric Pattern Cutting for Women” is not for the faint of heart. On the more technical end of the spectrum, it’s used as a textbook in many fashion programs. You’ll spend hours pouring over the drafting theories and diagrams in this book- I know I do.
“The Bra Zone” is not a book about making bras, but a book that digs deep into how bras are manufactured and fitted. While it isn’t a sewing book, I learned so much from reading it- we even have a whole podcast episode about it!
We’re big fans of the Oliso irons- register your warranty, and they’ll help you out with any issues. They’re the magical kind of iron that pops up when you let go of the handle. This purple model has a 10-minute automatic shut off. If that’s too short for you, try the yellow model, which has a 30-minute shut off.
The Clover Hot Iron Finger is your assistant at the ironing board. So, if you’re ever tempted to touch something hot with your finger- try using this silicone implement instead. The rod shape helps you roll out seams and the spatula end holds down tricky corners
A Teflon Pressing Sheet is something no stitcher should be without. If you ever use fusible products, then this sheet should be at your side to protect your iron, your project and your ironing board. In fact, I’d recommend getting two, so you can make a protective Teflon Sandwich!
This multifunctional clapper and presser with help you press hard-to-reach corners and set freshly pressed seams with ease. This is once again, a sewing notion that you’ll have forever!
Sew Much Fun
Have all the absolutely practical things covered? Get some pretties for your sewing room!
This Allen Designs Sewing Machine Clock is on my Christmas list! I love all the colors available!
I already have a huge S’Well bottle, but I could do with one covered in Liberty of London licensed designs!!!
Need some artwork? Check out this sewing machine print, if your walls aren’t covered in threads and fabrics already.
You could make your own lipstick needle holder- but this one with a crown on it is pretty precious.
I hope your holiday season is full of sewing cheer and goodies that will help you be creative in the New Year!!!!