The best sewing supplies that aren’t really sewing supplies!
I love sewing supplies as you’d probably guess! You can read about my favorite supplies in this post! This post is a little different – these items are supplies I keep on hand in my sewing room, but aren’t actually sewing supplies! Multipurpose tools or sewing tool hacks, if you will! ;) Add these 10 favorites to your sewing stash for better sewing, you can probably find a few of them around the house!
A lint roller is a sewing room ESSENTIAL! Use it to get threads off of your fabric, quick and easy! I keep this right above my sewing machine and use it all the time!
These are awesome if you want to draw on your fabric but don’t want it to last forever! The FriXion ball pen by Pilot is erasable on paper but comes off with HEAT on fabric! So write all you want and then press it when you’re done! Read more here! Be careful though, it can reappear in very cold weather!
A chopstick is a perfect point turner! Use it to push out corners and tricky little points.
I wrote about how a cake froster is one of my sewing room staples in this Sewing 101 post! I still love to use this as an ironing aid. It helps me get sharp edges as I iron. I especially love that it heats up too, making ironing a little bit faster. This one is nice and little for smaller projects!
Invisible tape has so many uses in the sewing room! I use it the most for taping pattern pages together and holding zippers while I sew them into a seam.
Washi tape can really perform any of the functions of invisible tape, but I also love it for marking seam allowances on my sewing machine. I like to do this when I’m using a seam allowance that I usually don’t use to remind me!
Solid washi tape is also a great tool for labeling fabrics for a project or quilt.
TOE NAIL SEPARATORS
Toe nail separators work wonders as bobbin holders! Use these little holders to keep bobbins wound up and then stash them in a drawer or little box!
A fork is an odd tool for sewing, but it works great as a helper for making pleats! Using a fork to fold the fabric over will space them perfectly.
Another ESSENTIAL! I use a basic magnetic wand to pick up pins from my sewing room floor. Pinless feet are happy feet!
You already have a forks, so why not add some food!? Just kidding, these are solely for the weight of the can. Use cans of food to hold pattern paper on top of fabric while you rotary cut around the edges! Pattern weights can help you cut fabric much faster than using pins!
Check out more sewing tips HERE!
Do you have any tools to add to this list?
Love this! Why didn’t I think of the frosting spreader?!? I must live under a rock because I didn’t know what washi tape is ????????. Thank you!!
That purple thang
6″ ruler for drawing sew lines in half square triangles
Bone folder for making points on dresdens
Never thought of using a spatula! Brilliant! Thanks
A toothbrush for cleaning the sewing machine; a glue stick for help holding fabric together temporarily; a short handled small head screwdriver, tweezers and needle nose pliers in your tool kit; small plastic containers or jars for holding stuff; elastic hair ties for button closures.
Very cool !
THANK YOU ????
I use painters tape for my go to tape…forceps are also great and clear nail polish to keep buttons on permanently…no loose thread.. freezer paper to back patterns…
Gloria J Roybal
Dental floss also helps hold fabric in place when you are trying to gather fabric for pleats. Place it where needle sews, in center of sewing foot and adjust it as you sew, then pull it out when you are done with your pleats.
My stepmom taught name this…a zigzag stitch over dental floss is so much easier to pull to form gathers. Been doing it for over 50 years.
Fantastic ideas. I knew about chopsticks, but never thought about using toe separators or a fork to help with sewing. Also liked the idea of using tape to hold a zip in place. I will put these to use right away.
Great ideas, I like the weights! Now, head to Dollar Tree and get a plastic kitchen utensil tray to store items in!
I use the lint roller with pre-cuts – right after taking off the plastic wrapper, roll around the linked edges a few times. It really picks up lots of little thread pieces.
I do NOT like that new tool purple thang. It is useless, or redundant
I use tweezers a lot. I have several types as I used to work as a nurse and always had some of my own tools. fine tweezers are great just search medical tweezers or lab tweezers on Amazon
this is a nice pair but there are plenty of others
The brand I have is from Germany Stainless Miltex. I use them frequently
Round toothpicks to use as a makeshift stiletto, shelving liner (grip type) to put under your sewing foot to keep it from slipping, Thanks for the tip on the offset spatula; I hadn’t thought of that!
Oh good one!
I’ve found the tubular bamboo(?) stick that comes in manicure kits, shaved at an angle at one end and (sometimes) a point at the other, to be essential when guiding tricky fabric through the needle area of my machine.(Having loooooonggg memories of seeing, as a toddler, my mother (twice) with a sewing machine needle through her fingernail, I keep my fingers right out of the way!!!!!).
I used to use a thin metal object, but broke a pin that actually hit my glasses, so I went to something softer…….Works a treat!!
It’s called an Orange Stick, I think. :/
An offset screwdriver to open the cover over the foot/bobbin. Much easier than the manf. supplied screwdriver.
Parchment paper (used to protect baking sheets) for protecting my ironing board and iron when I am putting in fusible interfacing.
That suggestion is going to be so helpful!
wonderful tips! I use my heartshaped cake-form (? )baking-form ,to make heartshaped sewing projects. Suzie from Sweden
A+ I use almost all of these except the toe dividers for bobbins! Good Stuff. Gonna tweet it! LOVE.
Dental floss threaders to insert serger tails or yarn through the eye of a needle.
To clean lint out of your machine, q-tips (especially the flexible ones) or pipe cleaners work really well to get that fluff and dust out.
The plastic tablecloths with flannel backs that you can get at dollar store are a great portable design wall.
I use empty prescription bottles to store used and broken needles and pins – no one gets scratched or pricked when throwing out the garbage.
Empty tennis ball containers are great for holding tools when you are going to workshop or retreat.
Advice from the tech at my shop, using Q-tips to clean the dust out of your machine can do harm to it as the cotton can catch on those little screws inside. Use a soft brush to do this similar to the one in the kit you received with your machine. Occasionally you can use the can of air, but do not use this often.
I bend a pipe cleaner into a 1/2 inch loop and then insert the ends of the pipe cleaner into a coffee stirrer/straw to make a small tool to clean dust from my machine.