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Sewing Accessories

How I get my groove on…..

My sewing groove, that is.


You’ll just have to read on to see……


I am frequently asked what my “must have” tools are. I figured this would be worthy of its very own post.


I know many of you are just getting started and I love that. And for this reason, you have many questions, which I also love. It just means that you are considering jumping on this great little bandwagon of crafting/sewing. It’s quite a rush…..there’s no turning back. ;)


So here, let me help you a little bit more:


I have mentioned here a couple of times what type of machine I have. So once again, I have had a Singer 7444 for a couple of years and it has served me well.


Not SUPER fancy but a little above the basic machine. It works great for me.


I love having a sewing caddy to keep all of my notions and such in. It keeps everything together and organized.


Ooooh, something else I highly recommend is a thread caddy. Yes, its very own case. This keep all of that thread in its own space and keep it from unraveling and such. Mine looks like the inside plastic case, without the blue outer cover. I think it was a couple of dollars…..but very worth it.


And then of course some scissors (mine aren’t fancy…..just Fiskars),


a seam ripper (I use mine A LOT),


a retractable measuring tape (not necessary to have a retractable one, but convenient),


hand sewing needles,


And then of course thread and bobbins. (not pictured)


Also, it’s really handy to have pins and a pin cushion around. (Here’s a tutorial HERE.)


If you are cutting stuff out a lot, you might really enjoy a rotary cutter and mat. (Especially for quilt blocks.) It can save some time and keep your hands from getting callouses from the scissors. Yes, I have my fair share of callouses. Yuck.


Oh, I also use double sided iron-on adhesive a lot. Like Heat ‘n Bond. It works really well for a variety of projects.


Many of you know how much I love my Mod Podge. There are so many uses for it… go pick up a bottle.


And some sponge brushes to apply it with.


And finally, a glue gun. It’s a quick and easy way to finish off a project or add extra support to something.


I think that covers the basics. There are always other things to add to your collection and you don’t have to get it all at once. These are just some things that I find very useful and helpful.


Do you have birthday coming up? An anniversary? Why not add a couple of these to your wish list.


And then have fun making something new.

Ashley Johnston

Administrator at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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