I love to sew! I think most of us do.. When I have the right tools to start a project, I find the entire sewing process much easier and so enjoyable.
I am a sewing supply junkie. Some may call it a sewing supply nerd, my husband calls me a hoarder.. I get a lot of joy when I bring home a new ruler, marking pen, some scissors and then it becomes my go-to instrument for a next project.
For each DIY post I write, I like to show a picture of the materials needed for that project. It’s a great snapshot for the reader and also a reminder for myself. The other day I was reviewing my blog and realized I use the same tools over and over. A sewing 101 blog post came to mind, one that a beginner could read and follow for what tools to possibly buy next..
So, here it is.. My top 5 sewing tools:
- Self healing cutting mat – I like having mulitple sizes. The large mat covers my table, while the small mat is mobile and can be rotated around. The small mat helps with cutting at unique angles.
- Olfa Rotary Cutter – Great for all projects with straight lines. I have had the same rotary cutter from studying design at University! While I have purchased new blades, the cutter itself has lasted me for quite some time.
- Creative Grids quilting ruler – Love this ruler and I want a longer one! It has small circular grips on the bottom that hug your fabric or cutting surface..
- Dritz disappearing ink pen – I have used this pen for YEARS! The ink is dark and noticeable. Use it lightly. It is great for marking notches and placement positions. It fades away in about 24+ hrs. You can also get one that is erasable. It works just as well.
- Clover Chaco lining pen – This is my new fave! My local quilting and sewing store “Keep Me In Stitches” got me onto it. It is a refillable chalk marking pen. I bought it awhile ago and haven’t had to refill yet. Use it like a pen and the chalk rubs off your fabric. Overtime, the chalk can’t be seen! Although, I do say overtime.. I have a few unwashed quilting projects and the yellow chalk line is still there.
Well, short and sweet. That’s it for today. Have a great day and happy sewing!