Sewing is a unique hobby because it can be both fun and practical all at the same time. You can sew clothing items and decorative items for your home also simply by learning the basics of sewing.
Ever since the day where man began walking upright, people have been sewing. Sewing started out as a very primitive and simple stitch to make clothing and utilitarian items. As time passed, people began to sew more advanced and interesting clothing and decorative items. Today, people all over the face of the globe sew, both men and women.
The majority of people today do not need to sew their own clothing. Clothing is readily available in most of the world. However, many people enjoy sewing and enjoy the fact that they can make something themselves. In order to be successful at your own attempt to sew, there are some neat gadgets which can help you out. Let’s take a moment and look at some of them:
A Sewing Box
A sewing box is a must for all households, in my opinion. Whether you sew or just simply mend things from time to time, a sewing box to keep your supplies in will save you a lot of time and money. By having a dedicated sewing box for your supplies, you will always know where things are when you have to sew back on a button or hem a pair of pants.
Very Sharp Scissors
Using dull scissors is one of the most frustrating things you can do when you are sewing. Dull scissors make your project much harder than it needs to be. A good quality pair of very sharp scissors will save you a ton of frustration and time. Your projects will also turn out better and have cleaner lines to them.
Pinking shears are a special type of scissors which cut fabric so that the edges are zigzagged. This zigzagging keeps fragile fabric edges from fraying. If you will be working with a fabric with a tendency to fray, such as satin, you will find that pinking shears make your life a whole lot easier.
A stitch gage looks like a small ruler with a sliding gage on it. The stitch gage is used to help you measure and also to help you sew straight seams and hems every single time.
Taylor’s chalk is a must for making markings on your fabric and cutting out patterns. The chalk is easily removed from your final product
Anti-fraying solution can be applied to the edges of your fabric to keep it from fraying while you work with it. The solution resembles super glue and can safely be used on most fabrics.
Magnetic Pin Holder
Rather than a traditional fabric pin cushion, a magnetic pin holder can make your use of pins and needles easier. Also, when you are finished for the day, you can simply wave your magnetic pin holder over your work area and attract up all of the stray pins before they end up on the floor and in someone’s foot.
Elastic pullers are used to pull elastic through casings in your projects. They are very inexpensive and indispensable if you will be working with elastics.
In addition to these gadgets, you should also consider a good cover for your sewing machine to keep out dust and dirt. This will help your machine running well for years to come without having to pay for costly maintenance.
Another good item to have in your sewing room is a comprehensive book on sewing techniques. As you sew more, you want to try out new things and add extra excitement to your items. With a good sewing book you will have a reference on hand that you can use.
By purchasing the gadgets above, a sewing machine cover, and a good sewing book, you will be well on your way to sewing amazing items. Sewing isn’t really that hard to master, and when you have all of the tools you will need, it is just that much easier.