What’s your favourite sewing tool?
Camali Campbell | Date posted: March 5th, 2012
We asked a bunch of sewing fanatics what sewing tool they simply can’t live without—here’s what we discovered.
Sewer: Kimberli MacKay, an instructor at The Sewing Studio New York. “For more than a decade I worked in ladies accessories designing specializing in handbags, cold weather boots, scarves, hats, etc. Then I made more than 90 round trips to China working with factories in the fashion industry. I am a milliner (hat maker) for 14 years. Most recently I made clothes for dolls in a famous New York City store for Christmas.”
Must-have sewing tool: “It’s called a ‘Third Hand.’ When you are hemming a garment, you are using one hand to hold one thing and the other to hold another thing and you wish you had a third hand. The third hand holds the thing you need held while you are trying to hem.”
Sewer: Fleur Hoare, an instructor at The Sewing Studio New York. “I started sewing about five years ago; I’m self taught with a few pattern cutting classes and the help of Youtube.”
Must-have sewing tool: “In the U.K. we call it a Patternmaster and in the U.S. it is called a curve square.” Charlene Washington, who’s an instructor at The Sewing Studio New York, is in agreement that this is her essential tool as well. “The hip curve makes maneuvering shapes easy and fun,” she says.
Sewer: Donna Martell, real estate agent. “I come from a family of sewers. Sewing came from Grandma’s home economics.”
Must-have sewing tool: “My stitch ripper, because you can make a mistake and fix it with the stitch ripper. No one will ever even know you did.”