A Habitat desk lamp. Short and squat, light enough to easily move about my sewing table, I can drag it really close to the machine bed on my sewing machine. No more winter nights spent squinting at dark fabrics.
My Gingher micro serrated shears have really proved their worth, cutting out all those drapey fabrics for my Pussy Bow blouses. The blades have tiny teeth, which prevents slippery fabric from billowing away as you cut. If you have a bit of money to spare, I’d definitely spend it on decent sewing scissors. They make all the difference.
This has been a recent and revolutionary discovery. The importance of my own hands! A tip I picked up from Couture Finishing Techniques. After pressing a seam or fold, lightly finger press. (Ensuring the fabric isn’t too hot. Obligatory health and safety message done.) Press your hands lightly against the fold, holding the steam in the fabric. This makes a real difference. In the photo above, the top swatch hasn’t been finger pressed; the bottom swatch has.
Do you have any tips of your own for useful sewing or knitting aids? Which part of your body has proved most useful? (Don’t answer that!) Supply a tip for my readers, and you automatically become eligible for my January busting giveaway:
- A copy of Elementary Sewing Skills by Merchant & Mills
- A garter stitch knitting themed tea towel from the Debbie Bliss Home Collection
The giveaway is open worldwide and closes on Wednesday 7 January, midnight GMT.