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« Reply #10 on: July 20, 2005 02:53:57 PM »

A magnet.

I learned this from someone on craftster and I don't know how I did without it for so long.  I put an upside down magnet on my machine when I'm sewing.  This way I don't have to stop to pull pins, I can just drop them onto the magnet and they'll stay.  I also use it when I'm pinning, so I don't have to have an open container just waiting for a horrible accident.

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« Reply #11 on: July 21, 2005 12:58:04 AM »

SCISSORS obviously. can't live w/o it 4 sure. I seldom use my seam ripper. And I wish I had a serger.

The magnet idea is gr8.

I'm a total spaz, so I'm gonna have to say that my seam ripper is my favorite tool.

I love my seam ripper like crazy.  Somehow I end up using it in just about everything I sew... I don't know why.  Sometimes I use it to cut thread when I'm too lazy to find scissors.


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« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2006 10:14:37 AM »

Hi all

Please can someone advise me of what tools and products a begineer should have in there sewing box?
Im thinking of things for reconstructing items too.

« Reply #13 on: February 12, 2006 12:41:50 PM »

Do you have a sewing machine?  This is a list if you don't.

Here's what I'd have:
- lots of different sized needles; they sell them in packs
- different coloured thread; common colours should do (red, blue, purple, yellow, green...)
- seam ripper (my absolute favorite tool!); get one of the big ones
- good scissors
- tape measure
- pins (I lile the large ones)

These are the necessities.  If you want extras, I would say also have ribbon, trims, buttons, and stitch witchery (sp?).

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« Reply #14 on: February 13, 2006 02:40:42 AM »

You need one pair of scissors to cut fabric and nothing else with, one small pair for cutting threads and one pair for cutting everything else.
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« Reply #15 on: February 14, 2006 09:49:54 PM »

I think that torilimcadie's list is great, and annamaria's tip of having 2 pairs of scissors is good too.  I have two big pairs of scissors (for cutting fabric and patterns) and then a tiny silver pair for embroidery, which is great for snipping loose hand-sewing or machine-stitching threads.

I would add these to the list:

-- something to store your pins in!  I find pincushions too bulky for when I sew so I have a dinky ceramic dish to put them in.  Works great!
-- if you're doing reconstruction, I would definitely have some fabric glue on hand, maybe fusible interfacing as well.

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« Reply #16 on: February 16, 2006 05:20:38 AM »

The above list is what I rely on...also adding a good pencil for transfering marks, etc. And backup seam ripper, if you are like me, and lose the first one every single fricking time you reach for it, lol!

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« Reply #17 on: February 16, 2006 09:02:53 PM »

fabric chalk, tracing paper and tracing wheel. Smiley

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« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2006 06:25:28 AM »

Safety pins of different sizes.  Useful when you are threading elastic through a casing or turning a tube. 

Thimble of some kind.  I found these that are a bit of leather with a plastic back that are like a ring.  I can't stand the other kind but these work great and have saved my fingers. 

Beeswax.  Useful for when you are doing any hand sewing.  You run your thread over it and it helps keep it from tangling and gives it a bit of extra strength.

I actually have 3 pairs of scissors.  One good fabric pair just for cutting material, one cheap pair for cutting out the paper patterns or anything other than material, and a small pair for snipping threads.

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« Reply #19 on: June 07, 2006 10:58:14 AM »

My mother recently gave me her old sewing machine.  I am so excited and want to start on some basic things. (pjs, ect.) i was wondering what items MUST i have before i begin on the machine i know i need thread, but after that I'm pretty lost...
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