Sewing BasicsMarch 17, 2013 12:22 am sewing
When you are sewing, it is so nice to have the right tools in your sewing studio. During the past few years, I have accumulated most of the sewing tools that are required for the basic sewing. Things like a sewing machine and scissors seem obvious, but there are other handy sewing tools that might not be quite so obvious, but are so nice to have around. For example, the point turner is very helpful in pushing out corners in collars, pillows, or patch pockets.
When sewing hems on a garment, a seam gauge is an easy way to mark the hems accurately. A tape measure can be used, but a seam gauge will probably be more accurate in ensuring that the seam is even all the way around the garment.
Sewing tools that help during the pressing process include a good steam iron, a press cloth that you can somewhat see through, a tailor’s ham and a seam roll.
Just like a point turner (pictured above) is helpful in pushing out corners on collars or pillows, it is also nice to have a tailor’s clapper that has a point presser on one end. The clapper portion can be used to help flatten some seams and the point presser is useful when pressing points of collars or other areas where it would be hard to press a seam open and get a nice sharp corner.
These are just a few of the tools that help make the job of sewing easier. Many beginning seamstresses wonder if there is a “secret” to sewing well. Yes, there is, but it is an open “secret”. When you are sewing any project, whether it is a garment or craft, make sure that you press well during sewing construction. That will make your final project look much more professional.