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Five Must-have Sewing Tools

These simple, inexpensive items make sewing easier and more enjoyable.

Nov 01, 2008
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The buttonhole gauge simplifies positioning and measuring of buttonholes, pleats, tucks, or anything else that needs to be evenly spaced.

Good sewing tools are an extension of your sewing machine and basic for any sewing room. They make most tasks easier, improve results, and certainly add to sewing enjoyment. But there are so many great gadgets available today, how do you choose tools that are effective and useful and won’t just clutter your toolbox? For me, a good tool is one with a simple design that easily accomplishes the task it was meant to do, and it’s one that I reach for over and over.

Below are the five tools that I absolutely could not live without. They’re inexpensive items that you can find in most notions departments, or see “Sources.” I know there may be other similar products available, as well as several additional items that are equally useful depending on the type of sewing your do, but these are my favorites.

This little, unassuming tool…

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