There are a lot of products out there for quilting and sewing. Â The isles at the stores are filled with fun supplies and must have’s. Â Over time you will find that there are a few basic quilting tools that you use- all the time.
They are your go-to tool. Â You take them with you when you go on sewing dates, retreats or have ready at a moments notice to use. Â These are the things that sit by your hand, sewing machine or lounge on your table, ready for some action!
I have come up wtih a list of my favorite tools. Â These are hidden from others and not shared often. Â I love, love them. Â And it shows.
- Rotary CutterÂ â€“ Â The blades are very sharp and cut fabric quickly and accurately.Â The blade rolls, just Â like a pizza cutter. Â Â There are many different sizes. Â I use the small-sized cutter most. Â It whips around curves like nobodies business, and is easy for me to grip. Â There are a few different kind of handles and blade sizes. Â Before purchasing one, I would suggestion giving them a try.
- A Self-healing Cutting MatÂ â€“ allows you to use the rotary cutter for cutting fabric. Â Mats come in many different sizes, but an 18â€³ x 24â€³ mat is a good size to start with. Â Need to clean the mat you have? Here is a quick how-to to help you out.Â
- ScissorsÂ â€“ sharp sewing scissors are a must. Â Trying to cut with something that is less than sharp can only make your experience frustrating. Â Another thing to look for is the point of the scissor. Â When you are snipping corners or curves having this part of the scissor sharp, and pointy will be necessary.Â
- Seam RipperÂ â€“ I have had many, and have used them all. Â There is one in my travel kit, one in my sewing machine drawer, and one on the cutting table. Â I call them my ‘best friend’ because it helps me fix what is wrong…and really knows best!
- FabricÂ – we’ve hit this topic before. Â Keep with high quality fabric. Â Your projects turn out better, last longer and you won’t have problems with colors bleading or bad fabric weave.
- ThreadÂ â€“ we’ve hit this topic before too. Â This is the one thing that is holding all your fabric together. Â Don’ skimp here. Â Use a few different brands until you find your favorite.
- PinsÂ â€“ the flower head pins are my favorite. Â They lay flat against the fabric and are kind of a heavier pin so they hold their place. Â Remove them prior to stitching the spot though to avoid breaking your needle.
- PincushionsÂ – Â these are you pins best friends. Â They come in all different shapes and sizes. Â Lots of sewers tend to collect pincushions and have them place stratically placed throughout the Â house.
- Wonder Clips – these are right now my favorite thing! Â They are great for holding your binding on. Â They won’t stick you.
- RulersÂ â€“ My favorite size is the 6″ X 12″, but I find that I use other shapes and sizes almost as much. Â Depending on the project that is being worked on, the ruler might change. Â I suggest trying out a few of your friends to find out which one is your favorite.
This is part of the Pre-K Patchwork Series. Â Click here for moreÂ Quilting 101 tips.
Q & A- Have you found a few favorites that are must have’s in your sewing room? Â Share it in the comments-