Video: Sewing straight – the tools you need!

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A straight line of stitching is definitely a telltale sign of quality work. But sometimes it’s not as easy as it sounds, even with practice. In this video, I share my top six tools that will make sewing straight a breeze. And the best part? 5 out of 6 tools are either pretty much free or included in the toolbox that comes with most sewing machines.

The only thing that cost a pretty penny is the magnifying lamp that I’ve praised before. Mine is from Prym and doesn’t appear to be sold anymore, but a lot of people seem to like he Brightech Magnifying Desk lamp  (Amazon Affiliate link), so that could be an alternative to explore.

What are your favourite tools and hacks to help you sew straighter? Or have you reached a point where you have gotten so proficient that you can gauge your sewing without any extra help? As for me, I still rely on tools even though I’ve been sewing for over 30 years. It just makes sewing a much more stressfree activity, knowing that I have set myself up for success using the right tools.


  • Sandy
    January 14, 2019 at 4:44 am

    The black tape is called electric tape in the US. I did purchase the brightech lamp my can go from a table lamp to a pole lamp. It has adjustable light dim to bright. Thanks for letting me know about this. In the US the cost was $94.00 and free shipping. I also have a few ott lights in my sewing room as my sewing room is in the basement. I always love your recommendations. Thanks again for blogging. Sandy

    • Johanna
      January 16, 2019 at 3:59 pm

      Good to know that the lamp delivered! It sounds better than mine actually, I would love a dimmer!

  • Jo Ann Crain
    February 5, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    Thanks for the suggestions. I believe i heard you sa Blu-Tack for the adhesive. Found it on Amazon. Will have to order.

  • Annette Falden Jensen
    May 9, 2019 at 12:19 pm

    Första gången jag ser något från din blogg. Nu vet jag äntligen vad den långa konstiga linjalen ska användas till. Super, super förklaring och massor av bra tips. Många tack.
    Jag hittade dig via FB-sidan Coverstitch Sewing Discussion Group.
    Jag ser fram emot att lära mig mer från din underbara blogg.
    Många vänliga hälsningar
    Annette, Danmark


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