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Your favorite sewing tools: A compilation

A while back I shared five of my favorite sewing tools and I also asked for your suggestions of great sewing tools so that I could compile them in a blog post and share the knowledge. I got some really cool tips, several that I hadn’t even heard of, much less own. But I can see myself getting all of these in the future (I have already bought one)

So here goes a list of your favorites. Thank you to everyone who contributed!



One of Kathleen’s favourites are magnetic seam allowance guides. “You attach to your scissors when cutting so you can add a seam allowance or fit insurance WHILE cutting. Huge time saver” These are Hollie’s Seam Allowance Guides and looks really cool.


Several of you suggested getting a pair of good embroidery scissors, great for snipping threads and such. Jane writes “I use them for snipping threads at the machine, sometimes for a little bit of unpicking, for snipping notches, when hand-sewing and just all those little detailed bits of cutting. I have a few pairs so I can always find one”

Kai’s small scissors are regarded highly for this purpose.


Kathleen also recommended the seam guides by Nancy Zieman from Clover. These can be used in six different ways, from everything curves and straight lines to topstitching and quilts. Looks very simple and clever


Julie’s favorite sewing thing is the magnetic pincushion “I just throw my pins near it, and they are back in the proper place”. I actually bought one just the other day, can’t wait to start to throw pins at it!



One of Donna’s favourites is a curved ruler with different seam allowance on it. Hers is from Kathy Ruddy.



Another of Donna’ss favourite is a tailor’s clapper. This tool is used to create immaculate pressed seams and creases when pressing. The one in the photo is from Angela Wolf.


Again thank you all for the awesome list of tools!


    November 15, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I own the magnetic pincushion 🙂 A lifesaver if you drop pins on the floor like nobody’s business and have a cat and dog roaming aroung….

    I would a wood clapper but of course there is no such thing in Portugal.

    • Johanna
      November 17, 2016 at 2:23 pm

      I haven’t seen a wood clapper either here in Sweden, maybe there are garments industry wholesalers who have them? I did see a tutorial on Craftsy on how to DIY a clapper. If I ever get caught by the woodworking bug I will report back!

    November 18, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I found a PDF file with instructions to make several pressing tools – 🙂 There are woodworking facilities at my husband workplace, maybe I can get a clapper for free 🙂

    • Johanna
      November 19, 2016 at 6:54 pm

      Wow those instructions are awesome! Fingers crossed you can get your hands on a clapper that way 🙂

  • Emma
    December 11, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Having recently bought a magnetic pincushion , I would not be without it you can throw pins at it , is much quicker when you are zooming along a seam on your machine , it also great for picking up pins from the floor just hold it upside down and wave it around close to carpet pins find their way to it !
    Agree with several pairs of embroidery scissors, they are never where you thought you put them.

    Need to invest in seam allowance guide, not seen these before !

    • Johanna
      December 12, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      I love my magnetic pincushion so much too, I had no idea how good it was until I finally got mine recently for all the reasons you state. And yes those seam allowance guides seems very nifty, I might get them too in the future


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