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									Discover The Sewing Gadgets You Need For Your New Sewing Ideas
What sewing gadgets are you likely to require when you have those new sewing ideas? Here is a quick breakdown of the most useful tools. Number one has to be a tape measure. However, do now rely on one your grannie gave you as they do tend to stretch a bit over time. You may also consider a flexible clear ruler with grid markings. A yardstick or a longer ruler is always useful so you can measure from the floor to a hemline and a seam gauge is a six inch ruler with a sliding marker and acts as a quick and accurate measuring device. Watch that your gauge does not get bent as you will then need to replace it. Basting tape is a very useful double-sided tape that can be used as a replacement for tacking thread to temporarily hold fabrics or zippers in place until they are sewn without the need for pins. If you use pins, make sure they are stainless steel and have a fine point. Longer pins with glass or plastic heads are easier to work with and to find if you drop them (which you will!), but please throw them out when they become damaged. Keep a magnet handy as this will be a big help if you drop the pins, so it may be a good idea to get a magnetic pin cushion which will serve a double purpose. Something else that needs to be replaced is your sewing needles as blunt needles are difficult to work with. If you are sewing by hand, get yourself a thimble or thimble pads. Thimble pads have adhesive backs but can be a bit difficult to get in exactly the right place. If you are like me and your eyesight isn't what it used to be, a needle threader is a must! Tailor's (or dressmaker) chalk or slivers of plain soap can prove useful for marking material. Another alternative would be water-erasable pens, but remember to test that the ink does not stain the fabric. You can also get disappearing ink or air-erasable marking pens where the marks fade over time or, you can just remove them with water. Try a serrated tracing wheel for transferring markings or a smooth wheel if the fabric is particularly delicate. If you are using a tracing wheel, you may also use tracing paper that is placed between the pattern and the fabric before you run the wheel over the fabric. Not really a gadget for your sewing ideas but an essential part of your kit, are a selection of scissors for different tasks. These include buttonhole scissors and a 4 to 5 inch pair of embroidery scissors for clipping and trimming. A pair of high quality 7 to 8 inch dressmaking shears for cutting out fabric are vital and a pair of pinking shears that cut with a zigzag blade will help prevent fraying. Thread clippers are a small sharp scissors with blades that are held open by a spring mechanism. Keep your scissors and shears dry to avoid corrosion and wipe and sharpen the blades frequently. Oil the hinge or pivot point often. As well as scissors you may like to try a rotary cutter. These have a round sharp blade of various sizes but don't forget you need a cutting mat that is designed for rotary cutters underneath!

A very useful sewing gadget is a good seam ripper. These have a sharp smooth point and a razor sharp cutting edge in the curve and one of these has saved my bacon on more than one occasion! Don't be tempted to use a seam ripper as a point turner though. Get a separate point turner to push out corners and points as they won't make any holes in the fabric. Some more useful sewing gadgets include a bodkin that locks and is used to thread elastic, ribbon etc through casings. Using a buttonhole chisel and backing wood will enable you to cut buttonholes without cutting the surrounding threads and a further handy tool for heavy, thick seams is a humpjumper. The hump-jumper will keep the presser foot level with the height of the seam and easier to sew. Although the above list of gadgets for your sewing ideas is quite comprehensive, no doubt there are some I may have missed for which I apologise in advance! For more on sewing ideas follow the link to

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