Hey y’all – today I’m sharing some of my favorite sewing notions. For years I was resistant to getting extra gadgets to help with my sewing – I didn’t even own a seam ripper, but used scissors or a razor blade. And while you certainly don’t NEED any of these (a safety pin will replace the functions of two of these) they are nice to have. Just like a seam ripper works better than a razor, these are designed for specific sewing tasks and do each of them easier and faster than the basic multipurpose tools.
So I made a video of how to use each of these, which you can watch below or on YouTube here.
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The first tool is this Simflex Gauge. This is used to easily space buttons, buttonholes, pleats, etc without math! You just pull on the ends of the gauge to length and then mark at the points. Super easy!
While a safety pin can be used to turn a tube right side out, this quick turn tube turner does it even faster. You put the plastic tube inside the wrong side out fabric tube, then use the wood dowel to push the end of the turn inside the plastic tube and out comes a right side out strap!
The Curve Runner tool above was gifted to me when it was in prototype form. It’s handy to measure curved seams (think necklines when you’re trying to determine neckband length) – you just run the wheel along the curve. I have the 8 inch version, but there is also a 12 inch version that you can get.
The tool below is called a bodkin. While a safety pin can be used to pull elastic, drawstrings, etc through a casing, the bodkin is easier in my opinion. It clamps on and has a longer piece to hold onto than a safety pin does. Also, if the elastic escapes in the casing, you can unclamp and re-clamp within the casing without having to pull all the elastic back out. That’s almost impossible to do with a safety pin.
Finally there’s the bias tape tip. This is used to fold bias tape or quilt binding as you iron it. You can also see how I use it and make my bias tape in this post.
I hope at least one of these notions makes it into your sewing room!