Top Five Tools

As part of my Blogoversary celebration, I’m spending five days sharing top five lists. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway on this post! Today, I’m sharing my top five sewing tools. These are more specialty tools but everyone of them I use on a weekly, if not daily, basis! 


The Kwik Klip: If you baste with safety pins, you need this tool! It saves your fingers and fingernails. There’s more here including a video of the Klip in action!


Clover Wonderclips: These clips are lifesavers in the sewing studio. You can use them to clip down your binding, keep your pieces or blocks in order and even clip up your hair in a pinch! More here


Sunflower Thread Cutter: This thing is a must when you’re a chain piecing fool! You can clip apart your pieces in half the time. There’s more info here


The Purple Thang: It has so many uses! You can poke out corners and check your quarter inch seam. You’ll reach for it over and over and keep finding new uses! More here


Perfect Seam Guide: Everyone should check their 1/4″ seam! Even if you’re using a 1/4″ foot, it helps to visually see the 1/4″. More here

What are your favorites? 

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mini Ruler

I am an owner of many rulers, mostly Creative Grids. My “go-to” is the 6 1/2 x 12 1/2″, but today I’m sharing its little baby. It’s 6 1/2 x 2 1/2″. You’ve probably seen it in shops with a custom logo.


I use it when I’m working on binding, to cut HSTs apart or for a quickmeasurement. I have one stashed on every sewing pouch! I love that Creative Grids don’t slip and have both 1/2″ and full inch marked prominently.

xx LC 

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mini Screwdriver

I was recently gifted the best little screwdriver! It’s perfect for getting into tight spots on your machine.


There are six interchangeable tips! One is perfect for the screws on the hard frame clutches I use. Double score! If you’re local, they’re available at Sew Original. If you’re not local, ask your local shop! 

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: THE Oliso

Okay, full disclosure, I had to actually google whether this was terrific tool Thursdays or Thursday’s terrific tool. It’s been that long since I’ve posted a cool tool! But I am back with a doozy. The Oliso. I know what some of you may be thinking. Is it worth it? Can it really be that great? Do I really need another iron? The answer to all of the above is yes! 


For an iron, it can be a bit spendy. Think of it in terms of fabric. Do I want 15 yards of fabric or do I want the most amazing ironing experience of my life? For those of you who aren’t familiar, what is unique about the Oliso is that it pops up and down. This means you never pick up the iron. When you are quilting all day and pressing repeatedly, it makes a huge difference in how your wrist feels at the end of the day. Here’s a short video.


I have definitely heard rumblings about Oliso’s that leak water. I will say I hear these complaints about most irons. I have no concrete facts on whether this iron or that iron leaks more. That said, I do not use steam and therefore do not ever put water in my iron. None of my irons leak;) I can say that a really good way to prolong the life of your iron, is to use a spray bottle instead of putting water in the iron. 

Another full disclosure, I was given this iron by Oliso last Spring at Market. I wanted to use it a bit before I introduced it on the blog. After a few short months of use, one had to be purchased for The Guru! Iron envy is a dangerous dynamic for a mother daughter duo. If/When this one dies, I’ll be purchasing a replacement stat. My wrist thanks me in advance.

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Kwik Klip


It’s time for one of my favorite tools! I baste with safety pins and that can kill your fingers. The Kwik Klip not only saves your fingers, it also makes you go faster.


You just slide the clip underneath the pin and then press the safety pen down to close. It makes basting (slightly) less annoying! Here’s a video of the Kwik Klip in action.

xx LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Mastering the 1/4″ Seam

Today’s tool is one if my favorite for teaching. One of the most frequent questions I get is how to sew a accurate 1/4″ seam. The first step to this is seeing what the 1/4″ seam on YOUR machine looks like. This is my go to tool!

This is my quarter inch foot and you can see how for an accurate 1/4″, I want my fabric just barely in from the foot. It’s called the Perfect Piecing Seam Guide. You can ask for it from your local quilt shop too! It’s the best tool under $10 that you’ll find.

xx LC

 

Terrific Tool Thursday: Above the Curve

I love the look of curved corners on projects. However I hate searching my cupboard for the perfect curve. Plus, using a plate can make using a rotary quite difficult. Then I found this corner tool from Creative Grids

Plus the markings help you out if you’re  making darts. There’s a center mark and inch markings. And since it’s a nice Creative Grids acrylic ruler, you get a clean rotary cut. I cut through three layers with Thermalon and three layers of lining with no trouble in one cut.

xx LC

PS: So it’s Tuesday, not Thursday. Oops! I guess you’ll get a tip this Thursday;)

Terrific Tool Thursday: Bobbin Buddies

Today’s tool is so simple that it’s genius! It’s a Bobbin Buddy! It’s a little notion to keep your bobbin and thread paired up.

I use a lot of Aurifil 40 wt and Aurifil 50 wt in my favorite soft white, 2021. This means no more guess the weight of the bobbin.

Thanks to my friend Stephanie who introduced me to these!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Cut ‘n Press

Today’s tool is pretty basic, but I use it every single day! It’s the Cut ‘n Press from June Tailor. It’s perfect for taking to class and on retreat. It’s a cutting board on one side and a pressing board on the other.

I use the pressing side at home because it’s such a great surface. It’s a bit harder than my regular ironing board. 


I have both the 10″ square and the 12 x 18″. Well, technically I have three of the 12 x 18″ size. Seriously, I use them all the time.

Tonight is my Market Preview Party at Village Fabric Shop! If you’re local, come by 5-7 pm!

xo LC

Terrific Tool Thursday: Misty Fuse

Today’s Terrific Tool is Misty Fuse. Last week, Shannon Brinkley came to North Carolina to teach a Scrappy Bits Appliqué workshop. She’s an avid Misty Fuse user. It’s a thin fine interfacing that’s double sided and can be used in similar instances to Wonder Under and Steam A Seam Lite, but it’s MUCH thinner. So thin, in fact, that I struggled to get a photo.

 

It leaves the fabric much more pliable! I’m sold:)

xo LC