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Helen Haughey's Favorite Tools and Storage Solutions

Helens spacious studio creates a serene business environment. She especially loves that light comes in through the windows on three sides of her room.
Many of the books in Helens collection were essential for the completion of her Master of Sewing and Design certification. She refers to them constantly for inspiration.
Quiet machines are very important to Helen, which is one reason she loves sewing with Berninas.
Helens spacious studio creates a serene business environment. She especially loves that light comes in through the windows on three sides of her room.

Helen's spacious studio creates a serene business environment. She especially loves that light comes in through the windows on three sides of her room.

Photo: Heather Roth Fine Art Photography

In Threads #174, business owner and couture sewer, Helen Haughey (whose article "Sew a Classic Sheath Dress" was recently featured on the cover of issue #170) let us tour her lovely sewing studio, located in her St. Louis, Missouri home. While she's still trying to figure out the perfect place for all of her sewing supplies since her recent reorganization, her current system seems to be working just fine. Here we take a closer look at some of Helen's favorite sewing tools and helpful organization solutions.

Below you'll see Helen keeps a number of designer and sewing reference books on-hand in her studio. She especially relishes her Coco Chanel books, since she appreciates the simplicity and elegance in Coco's designs.

Books

When it comes to making fitting adjustments, this French pin cushion bracelet is Helen's go-to tool. While she bought hers on a trip to Paris, it can be purchased on Susan Khalje's website here.

Pincushion bracelet

Helen loves the quality and precision of Bernina sewing machines, and recently bought this Bernina 710 primarily for its LED lighting feature.

Helen and her sewing machine

Helen notes that there are a few sewing tools she can't live without. They include: a rotary cutter, 8-inch Gingher micro-serrated shears, a seam gauge, an organza press cloth, and a Tailor Trix sleeve board.

Rotary cutter

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Comments (1)

luvstosew luvstosew writes: Though I can hardly take credit for the idea, I LOVE the two heavy duty magnetic strips (the kind you use in the kitchen for knives) I have in my sewing studio, one attached to the wall next to my machine, and one above my cutting counter. I keep a great assortment of scissors, stitch rippers, tweezers, etc. attached to them both. Nothing ever gets lost under my work because as soon as I finish using whichever tool, I just snap it back onto the magnetic strip.
Posted: 6:33 pm on July 30th

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