21 Mar My Favorite Sewing Notions
1. Scissors: This pretty much sums it up:
2. Grabbit Magnetic Pin Holder: This little gadget saves me so much time when I’m sewing. The laborious task of putting pins back into a pin cushion one by one is too much to bear (wink). In all seriousness this is one of my favorite tools. I place it right in front of my sewing machine and throw the pins down as I sew. It also helps to pick up those pins that face plant off my sewing table when things get crazy.
3. Dritz Glass Head Pins: I tried a lot of different pins when I first started sewing (big yellow ones, butterfly tops, button tops, flower tops, straight pins) and these are by far my favorite. They are thin, lay flat against your fabric, and don’t leave giant holes behind. Beware, however, because they are sharp, super sharp, as in keep Band-Aids around sharp. They will draw blood but it’s worth it.
4. Mettler Metrosene Thread: I never thought thread mattered (gasp!) back in the day. I always bought the cheapest brand that I could find (with a JoAnn discount of course) having no idea why you’d pay more for the same thing. It wasn’t until I almost threw a couple spools out the window that I realized it makes a huge difference. This certain window-throwing brand, that shall not be named, puts a slit at the top of their spools that causes the thread to catch and ruin whatever you are making. I realize it’s a convenient notch when you are storing your thread, but not when you are sewing. I broke up with said brand and haven’t looked back. Now older and wiser, I know thread really does matter and it’s worth the extra investment. We sell Mettler Metrosene at Sewn and I really enjoy it. I’ve also heard Aurifil is pretty amazing but I haven’t used this yet.
5. Spring Tension Scissors: I use these scissors both for thread snipping and seam ripping. They have curved blades for easy handling and according to their description “provide less hand fatigue.” And who couldn’t use a little less hand fatigue? I don’t think these scissors are intended for seam ripping but out of pure laziness I use it for both. If you are looking for a good seam ripper only, this is a great one.
6. Dritz Mark-B-Gone Pen: I do not work quick enough for the speed of disappearing ink. It’s gone before I’m ready and I end up having to start all over again. The blue Mark-B-Gone pen is my go-to because it stays visible and washes out* (in theory). I have read some reviews where people have had trouble getting the marks out but I haven’t have this experience yet.
7. Pellon 830 Easy Pattern Tracing Paper: I used to use Freezer paper to make all of my patterns until I was introduced to Pellon Easy Pattern. Freezer paper is still my tool of choice when working with knits and other shifty material, but I use this tracing paper for any patterns using quilting cotton or other sturdy material. It’s transparent, which makes it easy to trace your patterns without the aid of a lot of light. It’s also easy to store in a file folder when you are finished.
8. Dritz Ezy-Hem: This tool is so easy that easy can be spelled “Ezy” and it’s still a hit. I use this for all of my hems, curved and straight. You can run right over it with your iron and it holds up like a champ. Warning: It gets really, really hot when you are pressing so proceed with caution.
9. Chopsticks: I can’t use chopsticks properly when eating, but I sure can turn a good corner with them. I find that these work better than the tools intended for corner turning. They aren’t as sharp so you can poke out your corner without fear of poking right through it. There is nothing worse than turning out a project and then ruining it by a hole in a corner. So the next time you are at a restaurant with chopsticks, take an extra pair home for your sewing kit.
10. Clover Wonder Clips: These clips are WONDERful. Sorry I had to use it again. They have flat bottoms, are incredibly strong and have multiple uses. These little clips of wonder are great for binding on quilts and holding together thick fabrics (think handbags). They are a tad on the pricey side, but definitely worth it.
*I didn’t include my self-healing cutting mat, my rotary cutter, or my Omnigrip non-slip ruler. These would be on my list of absolute needs, not wants (third grade economics). And there is nothing better than a sharp rotary blade.
What are your favorite sewing notions?