|Chalk Wedge or Pencil||With these tools, it is simple to accurately copy design line and construction markings.|
Chalk rubs off easily, so mark the fabric just before you start to sew.
|Dress Model||A dress model allows you to create your own patterns. They also allow you to tailor and fit garments to specific measurements.|
|Fabric Marking Pens||Water-soluble ink pens usually have blue ink that you can remove from the fabric with a damp sponge when you no longer need the markings.|
(Do not use water-soluble pens on very light-weight fabrics or on fabrics that need to be dry-cleaned.)
air-soluble ink simply dissappears on its own within 48 hours.
|Sewing Machine||The most important piece of equipment in a sewing room. |
It is very important to have the machine set up correctly for your use,
on a firm base and at an ergonomic height.
|Needles||For dressmaking; size 8. For bead embroidery and fine fabrics |
(silks or chiffons) size 9.
|Pins||Minimum 1 inch long dressmaking pins. Steel pins are |
recommended as others can bend easily.
|Pinking Shears||Pinking shears have zigzag blades that vut a “pinked” edge.|
Pinking is one way to finish seam allowances to keep them from raveling.
|Seam Ripper||With this precise tool, you can remove unwanted stitches without ripping the fabric.|
You can also cut open stitched buttonholes.
|Sewing Scissors||You need Scissors to trim, grade and clip seams.|
Most sewing scissors are 6″ (15.2cm) long with one sharp point and one blunt, rounded point.
|Sewing Shears||Shears are usually 7″ to 8″ (17.7 to 20.3cm) long.|
They have bent handles and a small hole for the thumb.
The bottom blade rests on the work surface so the fabric lies flat, which makes it easier to cut long lengths of fabric accurately.
|Embroidery Scissors or Snips||These small scissors are for precision cutting (trimming seams,|
cutting corners, and snipping thread ends, for example). They are about 3″ to 4″ 7.6 to 10.2cm) long with two sharp points.
Some sewers wear them around their necks on a ribbon or string to keep them handy.
|Seam gauge||Great for small measurements, especially seam allowances|
|Tailor’s chalk||At least two pieces are recommended, one white and one blue|
|Tape measure||A good tape measure shouldn’t stretch|
|Tracing wheel||A round cutting blade with a cerated edge. This enables you to|
mark patterns onto the fabric without cutting the pattern out
|Transparent ruler||2″ (5.1cm) wide transparent ruler with horizontal and|
vertical measurement markings for easy measuring and marking
|Thimble||Your thimble should fit comfortably on your middle finger.|
|Triangle||Your thimble should fit comfortably on your middle finger.|
|Ruler||It is easier to measure hems with a firm, straight ruler, and connecting points for straight seams.|
|Iron and Ironing Board||A medium weight with thermostat control and steam option. The board should be firm and smooth.|
|Yardstick||Helpful when you are laying out pattern and fabric, locating grainline and marking hems|