Londa’s Must Have Starter Sewing Notions
If you’ve decided to give sewing a try — more than just stitching up rips and sewing on buttons — these are the notions that I think you should invest in…..
Seam Ripper – I like this one for the big, easy to grip handle.
Water Soluble Marker – select fine or thick point
Applique Sharp Needles – Black/Gold from Clover sizes 9-12 – perfect size here for most hand sewing uses
Point Turner – my absolute favorite, simple tool to safely push out corners once you turn something right side out
Loop Turner – inexpensive, loop on one end for holding, hook on other…handy to hook onto elastic lost in a casing in addition to turning a tube!
Protect & Go Thimble from Clover – my favorite new thimble! Select size.
Double Needle Threader from Clover – one end fine, other side heavier
Steam a Seam 2 – paper backed 1/2″ wide fusible web – a ‘strip’ of glue that bonds 2 fabrics together
Schmetz Needle Collection – Londa’s favorite needles that will cover most any type of need based on fabric and threads
KAI 5135 scissors – small, but still large enough for quick clipping and trimming
KAI 5220 Shears – my favorite for cutting garments – invest in these to last a lifetime! Once you get ‘hooked’ you’ll want to add a rotary cutter, cutting mat, etc.
I simply would NOT allow a student to ‘fish’ pins out of a tin in my classes…what a waste of time! AND, a ‘pin’ is NOT defined as those things that hold men’s shirts together or a corsage on your jacket! Treat yourself to these wonderful PINS and a Pin CUSHION so you can easily and quickly retrieve them and store them as needed!
Ewesful Pincushion – sets flat, lubricates pins and needles at the same time. Saves time grabbing instead of in a ‘tin’
Glass Head Pins from Clover – EZ to get hold of – won’t melt with iron – perfect strength, yet fine enough for silks
For Londa’s books, patterns, and supplies as described in her sewing escapades, please see Londa’s Creative Threads – http://www.londas-sewing.com