I have a thing for unusual sewing accessories. Alright, I have an obsession. There's just something about a unique sewing tool that really makes me want to own it immediately.
|My unusual sewing tools.
Here are a few of my favorites:
The pattern notcher: This was something I never knew existed until I took a pattern-making class and it's definitely not floating around your average fabric shop. In fact, as far as I know they can only be bought online. And what does it do? It makes the all necessary notches on pattern templates, and simply nothing else does the trick quite as well. A perfect, narrow, U-shaped notch beats a snip any day.
The snippers: Speaking of snips, I found this delightful sewing accessory at a hole-in-the-wall store in the Garment District in New York City. They are perfect to keep by my sewing machine to cut loose threads on projects. You gotta stay on top of snipping the threads, or you'll have a big job when you finish!
The scissors on a chain: I know it's so very old lady, but these scissors are not only useful, but beautiful. I bought this pair at the Puyallup Sewing Expo years ago, and they have been my constant sewing companion since. If I misplace them, it's a crisis akin to Superman without Kryptonite.
The hemostats: I took a class from sewing celeb Kenneth D. King, and he loves his hemostats. I began to understand why, because hemostats can function as a third hand, holding an unsewn seam or anything else in place, while you attend to other sewing tasks.
I highly recommend you add these tools to your sewing kit. And any of these sewing accessories will come in handy when you create one of the 50+ projects from the new Stitch Gifts 2013, now available to order in the Sew Daily Shop.
What are your most favorite unique sewing accessories? I would love to hear all about them.