Here are some of the essentials I think every seamstress should have! As always, video straight below and text+pictures after that if you don't fancy the video format :)
1. Own at least two measuring tapes, because they will go missing. I swear! They're always hiding away somewhere....
2. It's good to have some sort of a trash can near your sewing machine for the threads you cut etc. I have this bright yellow small cup a family member once left at our summer cottage (thanks, Sanni!) and I started using it as a trash can. When it fills up, I empty it in the bigger bin that is beneath my desk, where is awkward to bend over every time I have some small bits to put there.
3. Grommet machine!! I know I'm losing my mind over this a bit, but this actually is worth the hype! It makes holes, it adds grommets and it can even be used for other types of studs and even for adding snap closures.
4. SCISSORS!! All shapes and sizes! :) I love the pinkin shears, because they make the zig zag edge, which isn't so easy to unravel; you can just cut a pattern out with pinking shears and you don't have to serge all the erges. Neat, huh? In addition are the most used scissors, fabric scissors. I have two different types, since I found a cheap deal in a Facebook group and so I had to buy myself another pair. You can never have too many scissors! Because you cannot cut anything but fabric with the fabric scissors, you need some random old scissors to do all your dirty work. These black ones were actually a house warming present. I was asked, what to bring and I just told my friend that I cannot ever have too many scissors! So, thank you Jani! Then there are the two small scissors for cutting threads etc. The black ones I love to use when working on my sewing machine or serger. But the more traditionally shaped scissors I like more when using the embroidery machine.
5. This is so obvious, but always have your manuals on hand!! When you have any kind of a problem, the solution is usually: clean the machine, re-thread the machine, change the needle, look at the manual.
6. This 60 cm long ruler is one of my best friends. It's so great when I want to draw up a pattern. This will allow me to draw an actually straight line - the measuring tape is not an option when trying to get a truly straight line!
7. This is only on the video, but it's just basically a hack on how to store your fabric using a cardboard. Here's a picture tutorial of it on Quiltingboards.
8. When you have your fabric stored neatly, you can start organizing your threads! I just screwed a few scrap wood pieces on my wall and put nails on it. The nails need to be long enough, so the threads won't fall off by themselves!
So this is it! I will be posting more on a later date, I think I missed a few tips and tricks. What are your hacks? Please comment below, especially if you have links to your own blogs or videos!
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