There are lots of tools that can be useful when sewing. Some are quite necessary, while others are just helpful, and fun, to use. These are our favourite sewing tools.
Sewing needles (A) – it’s important to use jersey or stretch needles. Jersey needles is used for knit fabrics, and stretch needles for elastic materials. Schmetz provides a great guide if you want to learn more about which needles to use for different fabrics
Twin needle (B) – to be used when hemming or binding your garment
Pins or clips (C) – both pins and clips can be useful. Choose the one you feel most comfortable with. But with some kind of fabric clips are to prefer, since the pins will leave small holes in your fabric. One example where clips are to prefer is when you use softshell.
Scissors (D) – a pair of sharp fabric scissors, and be sure to use different scissors for cutting your fabric and your paper patterns.
Tape measure (E) – for measuring yourself, and your sewing project
Seam ripper (F) – a necessary tool for everyone, regardless of how skilled seamstress you are. For unpicking tacking and mistakes.
Thread (G) – be sure to use good quality threads, since some machines are a bit sensitive for which threads you are using. Threads of good quality can avoid skipped stitches when sewing.
Seam gauge (H) – a tool for measuring the seam allowance.
Mending needle (I) – a practical and handy helper to attach the overlock/coverstitch thread to sewn garments. But you can also use a regular hand sewing needle.
Tweecers (J) – helpful for threading your sewing machine, overlock, coverstitch etc
Marking tools (K) – for drawing your seam allowance, and other markings, to your fabric.
Aqua glue marker (L) – a nice complement to pins and clips when fixating the fabric.
Tracing paper (M) – draw your pattern onto your tracing paper. You can also use baking paper or construction plastic.
Interfacing (N) – to stabilize your fabric, for example when sewing buttonholes.
Long ruler made of plastic or metal (O) – useful together with your rotary cutter.
Rotary cutter (P) – can be used instead of fabric scissors, or as a complement to your scissors. A rotary cutter is also nice to have when cutting your bindings.
Cutting mat (Q) – to be used with your rotary cutter. Protects your table from the rotary cutting blade.
Iron (R) – used for ironing and pressing. A must have if you want to achieve a professional look of your sewn garments.
Ironing board (S) – can be found in various sizes, from big to small ones that you can put on your table
Pattern weights (T) – to hold the tracing paper in place while drawing your pattern pieces, or to hold the fabric in place while you cut it out. You can use whatever you have to hand as pattern weights.
Punch pliers (U) – for punching holes in textiles or leather.
Pliers (V) – to attach color or metal snaps, or eyelets.
Tracing wheel (X) – for transferring markings to your fabric, often used with carbon paper.
(Dressmakers') carbon paper (Y) - transfers a wax-like color to your fabric so you can transfer darts, pleats, notches etc, or make alterations.
Also useful but not pictured (yet):
Elastic threader – helpful when threading elastic through casings, but if you don’t have one a safety pin will also do the job
Loop turner – helpful when turning fabric tubes, such as straps. But you can also use a safety pin.
Walking foot - a presser foot you can attach on your sewing machine. Makes sure to evenly feed the layers of fabric while you're sewing.