I recently noticed that my sewing room/work room holds an inordinate amount of random things that I use while working that I loosely call “tools”.
Today I thought I’d share a glimpse of my sewing room and these “tools” both expected and unexpected. I might inspire you to use a few of them yourself…or you just might show me a much better option!
1. Painters Tape
Every now and then I make something using a thoroughly out-of-control fringe. Like the one pictured above. It’s gorgeous but entirely unruly when it comes to sewing with it. Painters tape helps to keeps it under control.
2. Binder Clips
You wouldn’t believe how handy these little guys are. Occasionally I end up sewing through layers of fabrics and trims that I simply can not get a pin through. Example: unruly fringe
I use the binder clips in place of straight pins to get the job done while praying I can get my machine to sew through all this thickness!
3. Blocks of Wood
HUGE pet peeve…traveling sewing machine pedals. For years I have battled the roving foot pedal wandering around under my sewing table while searching for it with my foot. Finally I slapped a piece of wood down to hold it in place. Pretty, isn’t it? Especially with all the dust.
You may notice the pedal is facing backwards. See! It still moves! But it’s better than before.
4. Space Heater
I get cold. This little guy runs from October to April and sometimes (like this year) into May.
5. Staple Gun and Helpers
This handy tool is used when mounting a window treatment to a board. My favorite size staples is 3/8″.
Screwdrivers used for ripping out staples when a mistakes are made. Seldom used.
6. Hammer and Pliers
The hammer goes hand in hand with the staple gun to hammer those reluctant staples in place.
The pliers are super handy for…
- pulling broken sewing machine needles out of thick layers of fabrics
- pulling a hand sewing needle though fabric when it’s stuck
- pulling staples out of boards (during those rare moments of mistakes)
7. Random Supplies
The unexpected and the not so unexpected…random nails, nail file, seam ripper (I see at least 3), Fray Check, clothes pins, binder clips, Chap Stick (more than one), Post-it pad, pretty colored straight pins, a whole box of sewing machine accessories (mostly machine feet), cute note pad with an “S” on the paper, thimble (I never use – hate them!), ink pen.
8. Band Aids
Very handy when using #5 or #6, when fingers get in the way of moving sewing machine parts, any occurrence that may necessitate the need for pliers or simply stabbing myself with a pin or needle. Blood on client’s pillows is not recommended.
Band aids are shown with other more expected sewing supplies. Except the matches. No clue why they’re in here.
10 Kite String
Kite string is the best thing to use when gathering a large project like a bed skirt.
My Janome Ruffler is awesome! Has a mind of it’s own and won’t gather velvet but works great on other fabrics.
BONUS TOOLS – both Unexpected and Expected
- Camera - Unexpected sewing tool but obvious blogger tool.
- DVD player or iPad – For “listening” to movies while sewing. Best movies are those you’ve seen a zillion times and practically know by heart. This way you won’t get sidetracked watching. My movies of choice include ALL Jane Austen movies, Many Masterpiece Classics, The Man From Snowy River, Moonstruck, How to Steal a Million, etc.
- Magnifying Glass – (I hate what getting older is doing to my eyes) Used most often to read what size needle I’m using!
- Wire Cutters & Needle Nose Pliers – Can’t recall why but they’re here just in case.
- Glue Gun – multiple uses.
- Iron – duh!
- Sewing Machine – double duh…duh. Mine happens to be a Janome Memory Craft 6300.
Hope this list of the randomness that exists in my sewing room triggers a helpful hint or two for your own work room. To actually see my work room take a look HERE.
What expected or unexpected tools are favorites in your work room?