What's Your Favorite Sewing Tool + A Chance To Win!

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What's Your Favorite Sewing Tool + A Chance To Win!

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Online Editor, Sew Daily
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We all have our favorite sewing tool, sewing book, sewing blog. And, as you become better as a seamstress your favorite list grows.

I can't be far from my favorite snips and I love my old Pfaff and Singer sewing machines (although I have room for a new one!) and I have my TNT sewing reference books too.

 Carla Crim of Scientific Seamstress and Sis Boom Pattern Co has a new book Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-In-One Visual Guide. And, I like it a lot. It's a slim book perfect for your sewing table or to keep when you are sewing and traveling. I am working on button holes and Carla explains sizing, placement, marking, stitching, tips and all about buttons themselves.  She includes a gauge for measuring buttons  before you sew. Which would have come in handy earlier.  In addition to garment sewing tips it also contains tips for sewing home decor, such as table cloth, bed skirts, and drapery measurements.

With all the resources out there that are online, there is something nice about looking at a book. I guess it gives my eyes a rest.

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There are many times where I've said how I love spiral bound books, which all sewing books should just be spiral bound, don't you think? Carla's new book is just that, she knows!

There are sections on zippers (of course), bias binding how-tos, size charts for everyone in the family, number conversions, edge treatments, different stitches and seams, marking and more.

It includes more than 300 how-to photos to clear up any confusing technique or tip. For such a slim book it packs in a lot.

Be sure to check out Carla's newest venture. She along with Jennifer Paganelli of Sis Boom have teamed up as the first talent for the Sew News Sew with Me! series.

We now have in store all their exclusive kits, fabrics and patterns. You will get Jennifer's beautiful fabrics along with Carla's exciting patterns and projects, plus her precise attention to detail that you will also find in her latest book. Please check them out today!
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To be entered to win a copy of Carla's Essential Sewing Reference Tool book tell me what your favorite sewing tool is.

I'll  announce a winner next week!

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About Jill

I am the Online Editor for Sew Daily and I am so incredibly excited to meet everyone here on this amazing sewing community!

My first passion is garment sewing, I love vintage sewing patterns and working with knits and silks. I also get very jazzed about sewing pants and love learning couture techniques. What about you? I can't wait to get started finding out more about you and what you like to sew.

150 thoughts on “What's Your Favorite Sewing Tool + A Chance To Win!

  1. My favorite sewing tools have to be the heavy duty Shears & Pinks that my hubby’s Grandmother passed on to me (over 2 granddaughters and 7 great-granddaughters!) I was honored that she felt they could be I entrusted to my care! She was a spunky old bird and I miss her very much.

  2. My most used sewing tool is my seam ripper, but that certainly doesn’t make it my favorite! My favorite is probably my teeny (5 inch) Fiskars scissors–they’re perfect for snipping seam allowances and curves, and the orange handles make them hard (but not impossible) to lose.

  3. I have several since I’ve been sewing all my life. BUT my very favorite is my grandmother’s 1932 Singer sewing machine. I just love the way it stiches, so much better than most of the machines out there today.

  4. My favourite sewing tool is the walking foot or even feed foot for my sewing machine. I had to purchase it separately for my machine but it was, hands down, the best money I have ever spent on my machine. In the 25 years I have owned my Janome 8000, I have had to replace the foot once because it was worn out. I use it for just about everything from quilting, to hemming jeans and t-shirts, piecing fleece, sewing leather and suede and inserting linings into almost anything. It even makes hemming slithery micro knits a breeze with a twin needle. It is especially helpful when stitching around bias curves and stretchy bits and setting in sleeves.
    Angela Maves

  5. My ver favorit sewing tool is my grandmother’s 1932 Singer sewing machine. I haven’t found a machine yet that can beat the stitches that machine makes.

  6. My lovely Viking Diamond is my favorite big tool, but my favorite hand tool is a pair of scissors that my grandmother gave me when I was 10. She told me to take care of them and that they would take care of me. Over 40 years later, I still use them to cut out most fabrics I use! I also really like this little pair of scissors I found at a yard sale. They are perfectly curved to use for doing applique. If I ever find another pair like them, I am buying them!

  7. My favorite sewing tool are my scissors, sharp sewing shears that slice through fabric like butter! There’s nothing like the feel of a good pair of shears in your hand, a rotary cutter just doesn’t do it!

  8. My favorite sewing tool is my imagination. I can alter patterns or create my own to make just about anything I need. Of course, reference books are a great help because I sometimes need to look up techniques and new ways of doing things.

  9. My favorite is a sentimental one – my mother’s thimble. I can remember her using it so often, but also remember many games of Hide the Thimble that were played with it. I don’t use it very often myself, but I keep it on prominent display by my sewing machine. As far as what I use personally, my favorite is definitely the seam ripper, and it gets lots of use!

  10. Other than my two Pfaff sewing machine my favorite tool, I keep by my side, is the 1″ x 6″ ruler. I grab for that and my small scissors all the time.

  11. I am still very new to sewing, but I think my favorite tool is my shears. They’re heavy (in a good way) and solid to hold, and it’s so satisfying cutting through layers of fabric!

  12. My favorite sewing tool is my omnigrid rotary cutter. It has a protective blade cover that automatically moves out of the way when I cut my fabric. It keeps me from cutting myself (which I have done with other cutters).

  13. Hi Jill, my favorite sewing tool is my lowly seam ripper. I have had it for about 40 years, and it has gotten me out of more trouble and turned failures into successes more times than I can count. I would be lost without it. It is not just a seam ripper, but one I bought at the exchange in Weisbaden West Germany, a non-descript one…but the best I have ever used. It is my “go to” tool because my opportunities for learning are frequent.

  14. Hi Jill, my favorite sewing tool is my lowly seam ripper. I have had it for about 40 years, and it has gotten me out of more trouble and turned failures into successes more times than I can count. I would be lost without it. It is not just a seam ripper, but one I bought at the exchange in Weisbaden West Germany, a non-descript one…but the best I have ever used. It is my “go to” tool because my opportunities for learning are frequent.

  15. Measuring tape or quilting ruler. An odd choice for me, because I do art quilting. BUT, lately I have been drawn in by the resurgence the modern take on old standards, like flying geese and prairie star, in my quilts. So, out comes measuring! LOL!

  16. This is a tough question! I love my Bernina sewing machine, of course, but I also love all kinds of gadgets. I have been sewing since I was a young child, but I have only learned in the last few years that having the right tool for the job makes the result so much more professional, and so much more fun! At this moment (and this changes daily), my favorite hand tool is my flexible bodkin for threading elastic, ribbon, or cording quickly.

  17. My favorite sewing tool was a gift from my childhood sewing friend. It’s my Fons and Porter seam ripper. It helps me get things right the second time! This tool is the Cadillac of seam rippers- I had many before this and this one is the best. It fits in your hand perfectly. It’s my best sewing friend!

  18. With all the tools out there, it’s hard to decide! I think my new favorite is the Kai serrated scissors I received. Great for cutting those slippery, silky fabrics.

  19. Hmmm… My favorite sewing tool… not sure I have just one, as so many tools are essential to get the results one wants from their sewing… so I’ll go with two, in no particular order. My favorite tool – which I do not own yet – would be a dress form, in my own size, of course.

    My other favorite tool would be my dedicated fabric scissors.

  20. My favorite sewing tool is my Havel’s Ultra Pro Seam Ripper. The very best seam ripper I have ever attempted to use. I wouldn’t be without it.

  21. It is sad to say, but it is my seam ripper.
    Too many times I sew in a hurry, and make a mess and have to unpick the whole thing. Thank goodness for the seam ripper!

  22. I guess my favorite sewing tool is my tape measure. I use it almost every day on a variety of crafts. I sew, crochet & do multiple crafts. I’d rather measure a thousand times than mess up once.

  23. My favorite sewing item is a pressing ham, stitched and used by my sweet little grandma and passed on to me. It is an ever-present reminder of her, and of the many skills she shared with me I still use daily. I also adore my vintage New Home sewing machine – a 1960’s model picked up at a church tag sale for $15.00 – she runs like a dream!

  24. My favorite tool is a needle – pretty much any thing with an eye. I really enjoy the speed at which I can use machine needles (sewing machine and serger), and the control I get from a hand needle. Without the needle (all sorts, sizes and materials), I would not be sewing!

  25. If I had to pick just one it would be the needle. I love handwork and when traveling or the machine is in the shop getting it’s yearly checkup or whatever you can always sew or embellish or whatever.

  26. My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine manual. No matter how long I have had the machine, sometimes it is difficult for me to remember how to put in a zipper, do a blind hem, etc.
    Shirley

  27. My favorite sewing tool is my sewing machine manual. No matter how long I have had the machine, sometimes it is difficult for me to remember how to put in a zipper, do a blind hem, etc.
    Shirley

  28. My favourite tool is my Brother CS 6000 sewing machine. versatile for home and great for attending our guild workshops and the annual retreat. Was going to upgrade, but realized it does everything I need to sew my quilty projects. Five yrs old and not a whimper of trouble.

  29. My favorite is my Viking Sewing machine. I bought it in 1975. It is a real trooper. Even sewed a soft top for my son’s Bronco. It is just hard to get parts for it now. I do have a lot of cams for it. My son says, Mom don’t let that go.”

  30. Hey there! My favorite seeing tool is my thimble. Most of what I sew are doll clothes so I do it by hand…while babysitting twin boys and watching Netflix. Without my thimble, I’d have pricked my thumbs a lot, maybe even see it to my clothes. Yes, I’ve done that.

  31. Hi Jill, I recently won a titanium thread snips as a door prize at my quilting club and I just love it. Also, my Pfaff Quilt Expressions sewing machine with the built-in walking foot is the best.

  32. As my eyes have grown “older”, I find it extremely difficult to thread a needle. I purchased a fancy needle threader that I absolutely cannot live without. If I lose this one or if it broke, I would purchase another. It does the work for me in no time and I no longer need to fight with threading my needles.

  33. My favorite sewing tool is the EZ Quilting Magnetic Needle Keeper. It’s a little plastic case with a see-thru lid, and measures less than 3×3. I recently took it with me on a long roadtrip so I’d have a couple straight pins and several needles with me. No more jabbing a hand-sewing needle into a spool of thread!

  34. I cannot do without my seam ripper! As much as I’d like to do a perfect job, I know that is not always going to happen. My seam ripper has rescued my more times than I can remember.

  35. Hi Jill,
    I have to say that my favorite sewing tools are my Olfa rotaty cutter and cutting mat. My seam ripper is right up there with them, but the rotary cutting method has saved so much of my time, that they are at the top of the list. I love notions and have many other favorites too!

  36. I’d have to say my Kai scissors (8″ angled, 5″ blunt end embroidery and 7″serrated) are favorites of mine. I discovered Kai scissors at a sewing expo and I’m convinced they are fabulous! I use the 5″ blunt for snipping threads while sewing and they’re my absolute favorite!

  37. My first thought was the trusty seam ripper but I’ve just finished some drawstring projects so the little wire tool that you use to thread a drawstring through the placket. I inherited this one from my grandmother. It once had a decal on it from a bank. It was a promotional item probably in the 1940’s or early 1950’s,

  38. Hard call – there are so many! But one of my most-used tools is a small, heart-shaped pin cushion with a little ribbon loop at the top. I hang it on the pegboard above my machine when sewing there, and have clipped it to a lanyard so I can put it around my neck when carrying hand-sewing to a comfortable chair in the living room.

  39. My favorite sewing tool is my pair of Klein 5” Spring Loaded Embroider Curved Blades scissors. They are great for traveling and working with little projects as well as cutting machine embroidery threads and cutting out intricate applique and cutwork designs.

  40. Hi Jill, my favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter, as my hands get sore when I use the scissors. My other favorite tool are my friends who sew and can answer my questions.

  41. Hi Jill, my favorite sewing tool is my rotary cutter, as my hands get sore when I use the scissors. My other favorite tool are my friends who sew and can answer my questions.

  42. My favourite tool is my old Singer Sewing machine with it’s ruffle attachment. It was a used one bought for me by my Mother to learn to sew on when I was ten I was the only member of my family who sewed. Although I have a much newer Singer machine now, I still use my old reliable and will never get rid of it.

  43. My favorite sewing tool is my trusty thimble. Since hand sewing is my preferred method – embroidery, quilting, mending, and sewing – my grandmother’s thimble is always at hand. I also use my mother’s 1952 Singer Featherweight sewing machine. No fancy stitches (I do those by hand!)

    – Leslie Roussel,
    Bush , Louisiana

  44. My favorite tools would have to be my set of Chestnut Tools Pro Stitch Picker and the companion Pro Seam Ripper. Like knives and scissors; when the tool is properly sharp, mistakes or injuries rarely happen. These have wonderful tooled edges and makes any stitch removal a breeze. (No I do not work for them, just love them!)
    My other favorite is sewing machine needles. Using the correct needle will make almost any machine a pleasure to sew with; from french seams on chiffon to 3 layer hems on denim with my 37 year old Kenmore.
    I learned to sew as a child by trial and error and was stubborn as all I wanted was to create FAST. Add ten years of maturity and reading the instructions taught me that with a few correct tools, money and tears could be saved.

  45. My favorite tool is the surgical style seam ripper. It is so sharp and cuts the “unsewing” time to a fraction. Couldn’t sew anything without it being handy

  46. I love my curved nose tweezers. I use them to pull up bobbin thread tone top, to pick out frogging and lots more. They’re always right next to my sewing machine.

  47. I love my curved nose tweezers. I use them to pull up bobbin thread tone top, to pick out frogging and lots more. They’re always right next to my sewing machine.

  48. My favorite sewing tool would have to be the perfect needle for the job…and hands capable of using it skillfully. I used to use a short quilting needle for lots of hand work, but now it’s too hard for me to hold onto. There are many other tools that could be considered favorites, depending on the day or the project. Too bad time to sew isn’t considered a tool!!

  49. My favorite is my 6 inch sewing gauge that I’ve had since home ec class in 7th grade in the 1970s. I use it all the time and it’s always by my machine when I sew.

  50. Hi Jill, my favorite sewing tool aside from my very sharp scissors, is my sewing gauge. I use it to check seam allowances, measure hems and buttons. It is always at hand.

  51. Well it was the seam ripper. This is the one I used a lot while I learnt to sew and it saved a lot of time. Now it is the rolled hem foot which i use on sheers all the time. Thanks for the giveaway.

  52. My favorite sewing tool is my Dritz Bound Buttonhole Maker, which I have had since my 20’s. I had to go on ebay to buy one for each of my daughters when they began to sew.

  53. Hi Jill – I’d have to say my little hemistat is always by my machine. I can use it to hold tiny fabric pieces, stuff tiny parts and many other things that no other tool can do. It keeps my fingers from being burned by the iron or stitched by my sewing machine. I have a curved one and a straight one.

  54. I have many favorites but if i have to name one i would i have to say my 1/4″ Quilting Foot because without it, well, i don’t think i need to say any more, (laughing).

  55. Hi my favorite sewing tool is my stack of vinyl floor tiles I have to make sturdy patterns, I teach an after school sewing club twice a week for 8-11 year old boys and girls and we make a lot of small felt items such as animals and birds as the tiles are easy enough for me to cut and sturdy enough for the children to trace around they are perfect.

  56. Hi my favorite sewing tool is my stack of vinyl floor tiles I have to make sturdy patterns, I teach an after school sewing club twice a week for 8-11 year old boys and girls and we make a lot of small felt items such as animals and birds as the tiles are easy enough for me to cut and sturdy enough for the children to trace around they are perfect.

  57. Hello Jill, my favorite sewing tool is a sewing guage by Dritz. It is essentially a 6 inch metal ruler with a sliding piece that moves along the center of the ruler to measure. I use it during pinning, before I begin stitching (to get my bearings), and even during pressing with the iron. If I misplace it, everything stops until I locate it!!

  58. Quite recently I bought a stiletto just because it looked nice. I didn’t know then that I’ll be constantly grabbing it while sewing on the machine. It’s like having a small enough finger that helps me feed fabric into the machine while on fold or when I do not want the fabric to move too much. I would also sometimes use it to pick out 1 or 2 unwanted stitches, to make awl punches on my fabric or poke holes on my patterns for marking purposes. I never knew it would be so useful and now its something i use for all my sewing.

  59. being a new sewer, I have to my favorite tool right now pins. at first I tried to sew my quilts like the seasoned ladies in videos I watch but I am not there right now and they really help me!!!

  60. My favorite sewing tool has to be my Janome Memory Craft 9900. This dream machine does SO many things; sewing, embroidery, quilting, you name it. And it’s such a dream to operate – I simply don’t know how I got along without it. Second has to be my Fons & Porter stiletto. I find myself reaching for it constantly while sewing.

  61. My old Wiss dressmaking scissors. They cut right to the point. Great for applique. OR a stiletto type tool – I think it’s called a tailor’s needle. It’s like a metal thimble with a blunt needle on the end. Wear it on the finger to help feed fabric under the sewing machine needle.

  62. Definitely my craft room. With 3 children and all the distractions and interruptions that come with them, it is so nice to have a room where I can leave my project out and simply close the door. It saves time getting out and cleaning up everything anytime I want yo work on a project and worrying about tools landing in the wrong hands.

  63. Definitely my craft room. With 3 children and all the distractions and interruptions that come with them, it is so nice to have a room where I can leave my project out and simply close the door. It saves time getting out and cleaning up everything anytime I want yo work on a project and worrying about tools landing in the wrong hands.

  64. Hi Jill,

    I’d have to say my favorite tool is a plain old needle & thread. A sewing machine is not in the budget right now so anything I do has to be by hand. Thanks for the chance to win!

  65. My favorite sewing tool is the tube turner. The style I always reach for when turning out the corner of a collar,a bag, or turning a tube is like a scissors where the blades are big “C” and one side is a dull point and the other is a depression that point sits in while closed. Jo Hilpert

  66. My favorite tool would have to be my hand sewing needles, most are vintage. I learned to sew with my Grandma using them! Hopefully our new granddaughter will want to maintain the family tradition of hand sewing.

  67. My favorite is my free motion foot. Once I learned how to do free motion, I felt so free! I no longer had to follow the lines and follow any rules, and if you are an artist, like I am, you don’t like to follow rules!

  68. My favorite is my free motion foot. Once I learned how to do free motion, I felt so free! I no longer had to follow the lines and follow any rules, and if you are an artist, like I am, you don’t like to follow rules!

  69. My favorite is my free motion foot. Once I learned how to do free motion, I felt so free! I no longer had to follow the lines and follow any rules, and if you are an artist, like I am, you don’t like to follow rules!

  70. My favorite tool is my free motion foot. Once I learned about free motion and dropped my feed dogs, it changed my whole way of thinking about sewing. No more following the lines and following the rules. I had full control over what my machine was doing and my projects are now one of a kind.

  71. My favorite tool is my free motion foot. Once I learned about free motion and dropped my feed dogs, it changed my whole way of thinking about sewing. No more following the lines and following the rules. I had full control over what my machine was doing and my projects are now one of a kind.

  72. My favorite tool is my free motion foot. Once I learned about free motion and dropped my feed dogs, it changed my whole way of thinking about sewing. No more following the lines and following the rules. I had full control over what my machine was doing and my projects are now one of a kind.

  73. As most sewists, I have a number of ‘favorite tools’ 🙂 However, the one that I reach for almost all of the time is a book by Sandra Bettina titled “More Fabric Savvy” which is a quick resource guide to selecting and sewing fabric. What does this mean? For 100 different fabrics (for example, alpaca, batik, batiste, faux leather, slinky knit, sueded rayon, taffeta, waterproof breathable and non-breathable, wool jersey & melton, and many more), you will find fabric facts, suitable uses, preshrinking, layout, marking, cutting, interfacing, thread, needle, stitch length, presser foot, seam finish, pressing, topstitching, closures, and hem. It’s a veritable wealth of knowledge.

    That being said, Carla’s Essential Sewing Reference Tool book could become my new favorite!!! Thanks for bringing it to your readers’ attention 🙂

  74. As most sewists, I have a number of ‘favorite tools’ 🙂 However, the one that I reach for almost all of the time is a book by Sandra Bettina titled “More Fabric Savvy” which is a quick resource guide to selecting and sewing fabric. What does this mean? For 100 different fabrics (for example, alpaca, batik, batiste, faux leather, slinky knit, sueded rayon, taffeta, waterproof breathable and non-breathable, wool jersey & melton, and many more), you will find fabric facts, suitable uses, preshrinking, layout, marking, cutting, interfacing, thread, needle, stitch length, presser foot, seam finish, pressing, topstitching, closures, and hem. It’s a veritable wealth of knowledge.

    That being said, Carla’s Essential Sewing Reference Tool book could become my new favorite!!! Thanks for bringing it to your readers’ attention 🙂

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