1. Prym wonder tape
A transparent tape that is adhesive on both sides, and is used for tacking. This is not something I’ve used before. Have you tried it and what do you think? I plan to use this primarily for waistbands, since I still struggle with keeping them in place when I topstitch or stitch in the ditch.
I love this tool. It’s a silicone iron cover that protects the fabric and keeps the shine away when pressing. Plus the holes lets the steam through and it works well with high temperatures too. I had to buy a new iron shoe, because I accidentally jammed my previous one, so it doesn’t lie flat anymore. However I was a bit disappointed with this purchase as this new cover is smaller than my older one, and it doesn’t fit my iron as well as the older version. But still a tool that I highly recommend!
3. Woolly nylon
Woolly nylon thread has more coverage and a softer touch than regular serger thread. I use this in the lower looper when sewing activewear because it is pretty much chafe free. I also found woolly nylon to be the secret ingredient for a successful 3-thread flatlock seam
4. Schmetz Elx705 overlock serger needles
This is the king of ballpoints needles if you have a serger/coverstitch machine. It prevents skipped stitches and is really durable too. That said, since they cost a bit more I use them primarily for coverstitching. For regular serger stitches other needles will work fine too. Debbie Cook has a great guide about coverstitching and best needles that I highly recommend. I normally use the regular Elx705 needles, but though I should give the overlock version a try to see if there is any difference.
So that was a quick look at my recent purchases. Do have any faves that you can’t do without?