Top sewing tools

January 18, 2015

The last few months I have been introduced to some top sewing tools – “extras” . These are not essential sewing tools but boy am I glad have met you..

My personal top 5 “extra” sewing tools

1 Rotary Cutter

rotary cutter

Oh my, how did I manage without one??? I love the precise cutting

2 Non slip Quilting Ruler

quilting ruler

You can’t have a rotary cutter without a quilting ruler. I not only use this for cutting but for marking out my knitting needle cases, and any precise square and rectangular pieces of sewing. Since owning this measuring block I wonder how I lived without it – I use it most days!

3 Quilters chalk pen

chalk penNow there is nothing wrong with traditional tailors chalk, but this is so precise – great for measuring out my knitting needle cases, and tracing round pattern pieces. Again I use this every time I sew!

4 Clover clips

clover clips

These are wonderful for bag making, and for holding fabrics you rather not have pin holes in.

 5 Overlocker / Serger


I have to admit its a work in progress learning how to use it!!

Thank you Elizabeth for introducing me to three out of five!!  Here are some further favourite sewing tool suggestions by some fabulous sewing bloggers:

I suspect I will be purchasing the odd item from this list this year!!

But the big question is what have I missed fellow sewers?? What is going to transform my sewing next??





30 comments so far.

30 responses to “Top sewing tools”

  1. Elizabeth says:

    My pleasure! 🙂 xx

  2. Isn’t it amazing how the right gadget can make a world of difference 🙂 Some fantastic recommendations here! x

  3. Such a great list! You never realize how much you are missing until you try out a new tool. I am pretty such I need to get me some clover clips.

  4. I have one of those seam measurer things, that allows me to make sure that my hems are level! I also love my rotary cutter and ruler too.

  5. Sara says:

    Nice list! Thanks for the link back!

  6. Penny says:

    Can I add in a radio? A good play on Radio 4 is a must when I’m sewing!

    • Vicky says:

      What a fabulous idea – excuse me whilst I pop off to put the radio on:) (although the Archers omnibus can be a bit distracting!)

  7. Gertie says:

    There’s a great book called ‘Notions: 50 Great Gadgets You Can’t Live without’ which you might find interesting. I found it really useful x

  8. Bethany says:

    Great list. As mentioned above, I love my Clover 5-in-1 hem gauge which is new to me recently. Much better than the basic one. Also love my Clover Wonder clips and bodkin. A few on this list I’ll have to give a try! Thanks for sharing.

    • Vicky says:

      The hem gauge is high up on my to purchase list:) Having only recently discovered clover products I am a fan, they are well made:)

  9. Knitnrun4sanity says:

    I have read about the rotary cutter elsewhere and did wonder if it would have made cutting my leggings out any easier! Do you need a board? I am intrigued by some of the other items on your yet to be purchased list. Please hurry and buy them so I can learn more

    • Vicky says:

      You are so right you do need a board of the rotary cutter – it should be on the list!! Never made leggings.. where do you get your fabric from? Do I need a trip to Cambridge?!

  10. Ginny says:

    I too have only started using a rotary cutter fairly recently. And my seam measurer also gets a lot of use. I haven’t seen the clover clips before.

  11. All the above are useful – Rotary cutter is fantastic but useless without a self healing cutting board (17 x23) is best plus a couple of spare blades for when you accidently cut over a pin!!

  12. Stephanie says:

    I cannot imagine sewing without my rotary cutter & rulers! I scored a bunch of rulers at an estate sale in all shapes and sizes, I love em. I use cheap alligator hair clips instead of pins, but am curious if wonder clips would be worth it over my cheapies!

  13. Shaz says:

    Bias binding sewing machine foot. Changed my life

  14. Jen says:

    Fantastic list! I totally believe in the right tool for the job (although that doesn’t mean I don’t try to make tools do things they shouldn’t! lol. xx

  15. Please come and continue to join in with Handmade Monday, I shall be hosting it on my site from this Sunday but everything else remains the same.

  16. Jan says:

    A great list, I don’t have a lot of sewing gadgets but I’ve heard lots of good things about the rotary cutter, I really must look into one 🙂

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