1. My Kai Scissors
I bought these from Wawak when they were on sale and love, love, love them! They are sharp enough and cut neatly through anything. They are lightweight in my hand and don't hurt to use. I presently own one pair but when they go on sale again, I'm buying another pair! Because while I know many of you are fans of rotary cutters, I'm a scissors girl through and through.
2. My Dritz Pins and Magnetic Pincushions
I bought these pins after using them at Gaylen's four years ago. I love how they glide through most fabrics, are lightweight and pressable. Also since they have colored heads, I can find them when they fall on the floor. The Dritz pins are in the first magnetic pincushion.
My magnetic pincushion also comes from sewing in Gaylen's sewing room. She bought her's from a hardware store but I bought mine online from Amazon. Again multiple sources both online and locally to purchase both the pins and the magnetic pincushions. As you can see from the picture above, I store two different types of pins for different fabrics.
Right now I'm using two magnetic pincushions but I'm thinking about adding a third smaller version to the ironing board...we'll see!
3. My Pressing Shoulder
I bought this years ago off of Etsy when Ann from Gorgeous Things shared it on her blog. I love this pressing tool and use it for ANY curvy seam now. Initially when I bought it, I used it for shoulder seams of sleeves but over time I've incorporated it into all of my pressing needs.
Of course my source doesn't make these any more. If you want to add one to your pressing tool collection, Gaylen sells them on her blog, here. Reach out to Gaylen, if you have any questions about them.
4. The Make-up Brushes I use to clean my sewing machine
Honestly got these really cheap because they were on sale and my local Walgreens offers points, so I used the points to pay for these. They have bristles that don't shed and softly clean the insides of my machines. Since I sew a lot, there is a lot of fuzz collecting in my machines and I try to keep them clean between sewing marathons.
5. Shout Color Catchers
I buy these in bulk from Amazon because I put them in EVERY dark colored and some print fabric pre-washes. Since developing this policy, I haven't ruined a piece of fabric which occurred from time to time prior to this. I bought them in a large (56 count) box last year and am still working my way through the box. I love having them on-hand whenever I need to set up the washer with some fabric!
6. My button collection
Now that I'm making more shirts, I'm loving my button collection more and more! I've collected enough different types of buttons that I can usually find something that matches or coordinates with my fabric. Also since I use to work for a button company, I usually have at least 2 dozen of each button. I've stored my buttons in embroidery thread boxes. This allowed me to store them by color because there were plenty of sections to store different size buttons. They are stocked on two shelves on my computer table and are easily accessible when I need to rumble through them.
7. My Duckbill Scissors
8. The Hump Jumper
This tool has been a godsend while making shirts. I've used it ALOT! It's also great for starting bulky seams in jeans, jean jackets or anywhere the fabric is thick. If you don't own one you should be able to purchase it anywhere notions are sold both locally and online.
9. Janome Noise Reducing Anti-Slip Sewing Machine Mat
I put this under my serger because it tended to travel all over my sewing table when it was in use. Since I've bought it, my serger is glued to the table top. One of my best buys EVAH! It was purchased from Amazon but if you Google it there are other options if you don't like the Big A.
10. Schmetz Needles in the 100 packages
About three years ago I started buying packages of Schmetz Universal Needles in 100 needle packages from Amazon. I have them in all sizes from 60 to 110. I'm just sad that I can't purchase the stretch or denim needles in these size packs! As I said I purchased these three years ago, right before I started this job and I haven't bought a needle since then! Seriously the best investment, because I never worry about having a sewing machine needle when I need one.
So this is my Top Ten Favorite Things. Do you use any of these items in your sewing space? Or do you have other faves? If you want, share what you like below! Also, how do you store your tools? I would be interested in hearing about that too!
Finally, I was never contacted by the winner of Barbara's book so I've pulled another name - Marlene Golden - please contact me with your email address! Thanks!
...as always more later!