These sewing tools aren’t essential, but they can make some sewing tasks easier to do and help you get more
There are marks on pattern pieces that need to be transferred to fabric before starting to sew.
You don’t absolutely need the following marking tools because marks can be made with tailor’s tacks, which
require only a needle and thread. But these tools can help you mark your fabric more quickly and easily.
(See How to Mark Fabric for more information.)
This is a fabric chalk that comes in a variety of colors. It’s available in pencil, cake, and powdered
Tracing paper and tracing wheel
Tracing paper is a type of coated paper that comes in a variety of colors. When placed against fabric
and rolled over with a tracing wheel (a tool that resembles a miniature pizza cutter), a mark is made
onto the fabric.
This is a fabric marking pen that comes in a variety of colors. It’s available in two types, air soluble
and water soluble. Marks made with air soluble pens disappear with exposure to air. Marks made with
water soluble pens are removed with water.
A smaller pair of scissors, about 3”-5” in length, can make tasks like clipping threads and trimming seam
allowances easier to do.
This is a little pillow you stick your pins into when you’re not using them. You can store your pins in the
container they came in, but a pincushion can make the pins easier to retrieve.
This is a ham-shaped cushion that provides a rounded surface for pressing curved seams like sleeve caps,
princess seams, and darts.
Sometimes called a sleeve roll, this is a tube-shaped cushion that’s used to press seams in sleeves and
other narrow areas. It can also be used as a surface for pressing other seams open. The rounded surface
of the seam roll can keep the edges of a seam allowance from pressing a ridge into the right side of fabric.
This is a small, cup-shaped tool that fits over the tip of your finger to protect it from the sharp tip of a
needle as you hand sew.
This is a hand held plastic or wooden tool with a point at one end. After an item, such as a shirt collar, is
turned right side out, the point turner is used to poke out the corners to make them nice and sharp.
This is a hand-held tool used for pulling cord through a fabric casing.
Clear Ruler, 12”-18”
This is useful for taking measurements your sewing gauge is too small for and your yardstick too long and
cumbersome for. A clear ruler allows you to see through to your fabric or pattern piece underneath.
These are scissors with sawtooth blades that make a notched, zigzag pattern when they cut. They can
provide a quick way to finish the raw edges of seam allowances to keep them from fraying.
Or pressing cloth, this is a lightweight cloth used protect fabric from the heat of an iron as it’s being
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