A Few Unusual Sewing Tools

Nov 12, 2012

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.

Happy stitching!

 

 


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das0421 wrote
on Nov 12, 2012 5:59 PM

Believe it or not, I own all of those tools and sidebar, the notcher is also fantastic for clipping curves!  I think the notcher is a must-have.

AmberStitch wrote
on Nov 12, 2012 7:55 PM

Ha! I'm not the only one!

on Nov 12, 2012 9:42 PM

Hi Amber,

as a fashion patternmaker, I too own a few notchers, scissors on a necklace, nippers & the hemostat that I inherited from my husbands' grandmother.  The other sewing tools I received from her were pattern weights:  metal donuts encased in plastic, to hold a pattern in place w/o pinning and a "Simflex" expanding gauge.  This tool opens like an accordion to evenly space button holes on garments.  Here is a link so you can see a picture: www.nancysnotions.com/.../simflex+expanding+gauge.do.  I'm a certifiable sewing tool junkie!

best,

melanie

Anniem51 wrote
on Nov 13, 2012 6:37 AM

I love my snippers and wouldn't be without them. I tie them to a pretty ribbon and hang them around my neck. Then they are handy when I am snipping threads.

on Nov 13, 2012 7:33 AM

I read with interest your article on unusual sewing tools, especially your hemostat.  I 'acquired', many years ago, a Spencer Wells artery forceps which I think is similar and find it very useful for all sorts of things,  I have even used it for getting chunks of cork out of a wine bottle!

Happy stitching.

Judy

on Nov 13, 2012 9:35 AM

Like the first post, I too own every one of those tools.  I have a son who has a leather shop and he frequently scans my sewing room for new and nifty tools.  I get  some nifty tools from him also.  Also, my husband has a saying, "Good tools, good product."  His workshop is also well equipped.  

waterbaby@2 wrote
on Nov 21, 2012 1:48 PM

Gotta find a pair of those "U" ended nippers -- I have plenty of scissor devices but am forever moving them around, and one of these could be nicely tied to my sewing machine (my nips all have solid plastic grips).

Also:

== Simile/Metaphor alert ==  "If I misplace them, it's a crisis akin to Superman without Kryptonite." jumped right out at the nerd in me: Kryptonite is what weakens Superman and therefore is something he NEEDS to be without!

waterbaby@2 wrote
on Nov 21, 2012 1:48 PM

Gotta find a pair of those "U" ended nippers -- I have plenty of scissor devices but am forever moving them around, and one of these could be nicely tied to my sewing machine (my nips all have solid plastic grips).

Also:

== Simile/Metaphor alert ==  "If I misplace them, it's a crisis akin to Superman without Kryptonite." jumped right out at the nerd in me: Kryptonite is what weakens Superman and therefore is something he NEEDS to be without!