National Sewing Month Question #1!

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Today is the first day of our celebration of National Sewing Month! We asked a group of indie designers and bloggers four sewing questions for the month and this week we will focus on the first question, which is one of our favorites here in the shop: What is your favorite tool? We have had heated debates here about whether seam gauge (Maggie), her new Zirkle (Lisa), walking foot (Jenny) or rotary blade and mat (Lauren) should wear the crown, and we were no different from some of the others on our star-studded list.

Instead of grouping all the designers, bloggers, garment sewers or quilters together, we just threw everyone together and will give the scoop from a mixed group today, Wednesday and Friday. It will be a whole week of sewing fun! Today we are lucky enough to hear from the likes of Grainline Studios, Colette Patterns, Lauren Taylor, CraftyNHMom and Guicy Guice. Now, let’s get down and read what this group thinks reigns supreme in the sewing room:

Lauren Taylor, lladybird.com: OH, so many! Other than the obvious “sewing machine” answer – I love my iron and all the pressing tools related to it! I have a fantastic industrial gravity feed iron that really works some magic with the amount of steam/heat that comes out of it. I also love my little bamboo point turner, my sleeve board (I honestly don’t understand how anyone can get anything pressed without one) and my clapper. I also love the good ol’ basic seam gauge. I have several scattered around my sewing room and I use them constantly!

Kim, CraftyNHMom: I love my pincushions because they’re so cute. The tool I can’t live without is my purple fabric marker.

Wallis, Colette Patterns, Pattern Maker: My ergonomic fiskars scissors and chalk wheel.

Guiseppe, @guicy_guice: Currently, I am obsessed with Joan Hawley’s (of Lazy Girl Designs) Flying Geese Ruler. It flawlessly makes four flying geese at once, no trimming required. The ruler makes units from sizes 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ thru 3 1/2″ x 7″. I love flying geese and use it for every flying geese project.

Jen, Grainline Studios: I have to say my favorite tool is snips! I have tons of them scattered around my studio.

Haley, Colette Patters, Editor in Chief: Hands down has to be a good fine point seam ripper. Mistakes are going to be made, it happens! What is important is we learn from our goof-ups and that we have a good quality seam ripper to reverse all the damage.  I’m here to tell you, all seam rippers are not created equal! Your seam ripper should have a small point for getting up and under even the tiniest stitches and be sharp — this mean replacing it every few years if necessary. Clover makes a really high quality one that I  recommend.

These were such great answers. I know I now have some things to add to my list: gravity feed iron?!?! That should totally fit into my stocking this year! 😉 The fun isn’t over yet with the group we heard from today. Come back next Monday to see their answers to next week’s question.

Bonus questions! We also thought it would be fun if we threw in some extra questions for our participants.  We will put these in randomly throughout the week. These two questions got some fantastic responses, and we loved reading through all of the answers. We hope you do too!

What is your favortite thing you have ever sewn:

Usually my favorite thing is the last thing I made, because it’s new 🙂 (Jen, Grainline Studios)

What advice do you wish someone had given you before you started sewing:

I wish someone had told me that it’s okay if it’s not perfect. I was taught by my grandmother how to sew and she is very much a perfectionist. Having worked professionally at a factory that made clothes for Lord & Taylor and Macy’s, her attention to detail is remarkable. I just wish that when I made a mistake I was told “it’s okay” instead of “that’s wrong.” At the end of the day, this worked in my favor. I pay close attention to details and take great pride in those details. But I wish I weren’t so hard on myself when I get something “wrong.” (Guiseppe, @guicy_guice)

Thank you so much to today’s participants! Stop by the blog on Wendesday to hear from Heather of Closet Case Files, Kim of Late Night Stitchery, Allie of AllieMJackson, Mary of See Mary Quilt, Meg and Autumn from Colette Patterns, and Morgan from Thread Theory.

Now, what is your favorite tool? We want to know! 🙂

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