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11 Essential Sewing Tools

Threads magazine - 120 – Aug./Sept. 2005
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Sewing is about more than just a machine and some thread. You’ll need tools for measuring, marking, cutting, and more. Find out the basic  items you need for accurate and efficient sewing.


When you bring a bright, shiny sewing machine home for the first time, like all new mothers, you may find yourself bursting with pride, but at the same time, slightly unsure about what to do with it. Not to worry: To begin transforming yards and yards of pretty fabric into all sorts of dresses, pants, and skirts, you just need to purchase a few small gadgets and notions. This handy start-up kit isn’t at all expensive or difficult to acquire—just follow the provided shopping list of 11 tried-and-true products at left.

Give your tools a comfy home

Like all cherished tools, your sewing essentials need to live in a designated container so they don’t become misplaced. Everything, except the ruler, fits into a shoe box. Or, follow my lead and purchase a square, inexpensive plastic box at a drugstore. Its secure, snap-tight lid prevents spills, and you’ll love the fact that you can easily pack it up and cart it to sewing classes.

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