The 12 Most Essentials Sewing Tools

The 12 Most Essentials Sewing Tools

Today’s topic cannot be talked about enough.  Having the correct tools is essential.  Not necessarily the most expensive but one that are dependable.  

The 12 Most Essential Sewing Tools

Whether you’re a longtime sewist, or a new sewist in the New Year, there are twelve essential sewing tools I keep in my sewing toolkit at all times. These indispensable tools will be helpful during every stage of your next sewing project...I promise!

  1. Fabric Scissors: Per their name, these scissors are made for fabric. A sharp pair of scissors will help you avoid wanting to quit before you even turn on your machine. These come in all price ranges.
  2. Acrylic Fabric Ruler:A see-through ruler made for cutting fabric will help you cut straight lines. I prefer a 6″ or 6.5″ wide by about 24″ long ruler. This will suit all of your needs, although there are many different sizes to choose from.
  3. Rotary Cutter:A rotary cutter will help you cut straight lines when paired with your ruler and cutting mat. You can even cut out curvy lines if you roll slowly.
  4. Self-Healing Cutting Mat:Use this cutting mat to protect your table/floor while cutting and preserve your rotary cutter. These aren’t just for quilters.
  5. Safety Pins: You’ll use safety pins to thread elastic through a casing for an elastic waistband, or to keep a quilt sandwiched together while you quilt.
  6. Straight Pins:Look for the kind of pins with colorful heads. These are more noticeable while you are sewing and will help prevent you from accidentally sewing over a needle (or stepping on a stray one!).
  7. Pin Cushion:You’ll store your pins here, so they stay off your floor. A magnetic one is handy for picking up any loose pins!
  8. Sewing Machine Needles:It's so important to have extra needles. If you happen to break one, you want to make sure to have another one on hand! Universal needles will suit most of your needs. Use the 90/14 for slightly heavier fabric or the 80/12 for a bit lighter fabric. You most likely you won’t notice a difference now. 
  9. Erasable Marker: Erixon Pens are heat erasable and are super helpful for marking your patterns. 
  10. Seam Ripper: It happens to everyone. Eventually you will need to take your stitches out because you messed up. A seam ripper will help you do that without ruining your fabric.
  11. Snips: Once you use these tweezer like tiny scissors, there is no turning back. You will wonder how you ever survived without them! 
  12. Sewing Gauge: A small ruler for quick measurements. 

Whether you're working on a simple tote bag or an intricate quilt, these 12 essential sewing tools will come in handy during every stage of your sewing project. Stop by the shop today for your sewing essentials, and we'll be happy to help you get started with a sewing toolkit!

If you are looking for a cool place for your sewing needs visit Chateau Sew & Sew we are waiting to assist you.  Call or come by.  

Remember to check out Monday’s, July 17’s  free PDF  Trieste Tunic - and July 24’s sweet Diaper Bag pattern.

Come back next week, we will be off on new and exciting journeys.

I just know you are going to enjoy this fabulous recipe.  It is great old fashioned comfort food.

Creamy Italian Chicken Fettuccine

What You Need

1/2 lb. fettuccine, uncooked

3 cups mixed fresh broccoli florets and red pepper strips

2 Tbsp. oil

3/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips

1 cup milk

4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz. pkg.) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed

3/4 cup KRAFT Shredded Italian* Five Cheese Blend

3 Tbsp. KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese

Make it:

Cook pasta in large saucepan as directed on package, omitting salt and adding vegetables to the cooking water for the last 3 min.

Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; co and stir 8 min. or until done. Remove chicken from skillet; cover to keep warm.

Add milk and cream cheese to skillet; cook on low heat 5 min. or until cream cheese is completely melted and mixture is well blended, stirring constantly. Stir in chicken and shredded cheese.

Drain pasta mixture; place on serving plate. Top with chicken mixture and Parmesan.