Sewing: Essential Equipment

9 things a sewing room can’t be without

1. Needles

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Needles of various sizes are used for all sorts of tasks, from visible hand sewing and embroidery to basic machine stitching and decorative machine effects

2. Pins

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Pins hold fabric in place before basting and stitching. Craft pins are suitable for many projects, while longer, finer pins are better for delicate fabrics. Use safety pins for threading elastic and cords through channels or for holding layers together when quilting. If you tend to lose or drop pins on the floor, buy ones with large pearl or beaded heads so you can find them more easily. e.g scarf pins ehehe

3. Measuring tapes

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These are necessary for accurate working and making sure the dresses and pants fit the wearer perfectly. Their pliability makes them ideal for measuring curves. When placed on an edge, a measuring tape can follow lines to give accurate sizing. Use a metal retractable measure for drapes.

4. Scissors

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Scissors essential for sewing. Use long-bladed shears for cutting out fabric and smaller, sharp-pointed needlework or embroidery scissors for snipping threads. Paper scissors are also must for cutting patterns and templates, as dressmaker’s shears will blunt when used for paper or card.

5. Ruler

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Use 15 cm ruler for measuring shorter lengths and long tape measure for 30 cm. A clear plastic rules is ideal as you can see the fabric beneath it.

6. Iron

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An iron is a vital of a sewing room’s equipment. Use it to open seams, press hems, and create folds and creases. An iron can often reduce the amount of pinning or basting between steps of a project. It also improves the finish of a piece of clothing, sharpening edges, smoothing creases, and reducing bulk.

7. Seam ripper

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This is a small tool is shaped to make it easier to undo stitches sewn in the wrong place. They vary in size but choose one that fits comfortably into the hand.

8. Work surface

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A flat surface at a worktable height. such as a table or worktop, is a fundamental part of a sewing room. Although you can cover the floor with a sheet before laying fabric over it for cutting out, most work needs a handy surface to prevent your knees and back from aching.

9. Sewing machine

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Your sewing machine need not be the latest in sewing technology but it must be reliable and provide the functions you need. Look after it, keep it lint and dust free, and have it serviced regularly.

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