Sewing Tools & Notions

When you are just starting out or have been sewing for years, there is always more to learn about which sewing supplies to keep at hand. Sew Daily offers help and knowledge on sewing room organization, tools, supplies, and notions; plus, inside tips on the newest and best supplies available.

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What's Not to Love About a Great Sewing Tip?

I am definitely a hoarder of excellent tips and tricks for sewing. I take a lot of technique classes with Seventh Avenue pros, and they are an amazing resource for all sorts of arcane information when it comes to garment construction. Speedy bias strips are just one of the great tipsin this new e-book. But…

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How Good Scissors Changed My Sewing Life

It's amazing how a good pair of scissors can change your sewing life. I invested in a nice pair a few months back, and have not regretted it for one minute. It's been a godsend when cutting out pattern pieces and fabric. Scissors have a tendency to disappear at my house. In my house, scissors…

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Organizing The Little Things in Your Sewing Life

Last week, I shared my sewing goal for the new year: making a king quilt. But before I get started on this project, I need to organize my sewing tools. My sewing tools storage mess. The root of the problem lies in the nomadic lifestyle I led in my 20s. I moved from New York…

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Oh, Bamboo Point Turner! How I Love Thee!

Simple in concept, yet oh, so wonderful–may I present the humble bamboo point turner. Simply beautiful and perfectly designed, it's a bamboo point turner. Knitting needles and pencils best kept forknitting and writing.  The rounded end is for round collars. The pointed end makes crisp corners. When a collar has to be turned, or the corners of…

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That's Not a Sewing Machine! That's an Iron!

My older daughter demonstrates today's principle while making a tablecloth.Step 1:  Press before sewing. Step 2:  Sew. Step 3:  Press after sewing.Easy! If you really want to learn how to use a sewing machine, I have an important tip for you. Set up your iron and ironing board close by. Everything–and I do mean everything–will look…

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What's with All the Sewing Gadgets?

Walk into any sewing shop and you will see walls of sewing notions and accessories. And every year, more and more gadgets hit the market. Expand this simple metallic gauge toget perfectly spaced buttonholes. It takes up so little room!  Buttons right where you want them–not where the pattern dictates. Over the years I have accumulated…

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Tips for a Beginning Sewist

When I was a beginning sewist, I avoided handsewing at all costs. If the fabric could be coerced under my machine's foot, that's where it went. Just recently, I began to change my ways. Why? Because sometimes, it is so much easier to handsew. So, so, so much easier. Handstitching the binding tothe inside was…

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My Favorite Tool for Hand Sewing: Some of that Beeswax

I was sewing for many years before I discovered beeswax. I knew about it and I scoffed at it. What was the use of adding one more step to the sewing process? I wanted to have my project finished already! From all the notches in my beeswax, you can see I have waxed many a…

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Pattern Weights vs. Pins!

People have all sorts of strong feelings about pins in sewing. Some swear by pin basting, and some don't ever use pins at all–to protect the fabric and save time. I prefer to take a softer stance, and I do whatever fits the project. But if you are going pin-free, pattern weights are an awesome…

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Take Back Your Sewing Studios!

How many stay-cations have I sworn to spend cleaning my closet once and for all, exploring those mystery boxes in the attic, or some other noble endeavor.  As if. But on a recent winter holiday I vowed that I would finally unpack my sewing supplies and set up a sewing room that had been       …