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: 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″┬áseam. 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 Tip Tuesday: Pressing Cards

 
When Shea Henderson visited, she gave me a few great tips to share here so I’m back with another one. When pressing a specified width, you can cut yourself a piece of card stock that’s the correct width to use as a guide. 

 
This is so much easier than trying to measure as you go! I have a metal guide that’s for this purpose but the iron makes it so hot. Thanks Shea!

xo LC