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7 Tools for Better Sewing

by Sarah

Foot Controller Pad


Thank goodness someone invented this! The solution to a wandering foot pedal, this little problem-solver uses Velcro to attach the foot controller to a non-slip pad. So, instead of busting out yoga moves trying to reach your pedal, you’ll be sewing comfortably in the proper position.

Wonder Clips


Not just an alternative to pins. For many projects, the Wonder Clips work better than pins. Think about the last time you added binding to a thick quilt. Did you have to almost bend the pins to get them through the fabric? Try wonder clips instead. They’re strong enough to hold super thick layers in place without shifting the fabric. These are the best tool to use when sewing knits and ribbing because they won’t warp the fabric. You can also use them with vinyls, which can’t be sewn with pins. Plus, Wonder Clips don’t stab your fingers.

5 in 1 gauge


I know this gauge looks rather intimidating. Maybe you’re thinking, “Is this one of those tools that is so confusing I’ll never actually use it?” Nope, because even if you only use half of the features, you’re still saving time and making a more accurate project. The coolest thing about this is it’s a seam gauge and a compass. You can make up to a 12 inch circle. You know what that means, right? No more circle sizes based soley off your kitchen bowls!

Bobbin Holder


Such a simple solution to an obvious problem. Those bobbins are always getting lost and they get tangled so easily. The donut shape is great because you can hang it on a nail or hook for effiencinet use of space. I hang mine on basket hooks and separate by color and thread type. You can carry them around to guild meetings or keep them in your sewing box.

Side Winder


Ah, the dreaded task of refilling a bobbin. No longer must you unthread your machine, thread the bobbin winder, then unthread just so you can rethread the needle! Good grief, what a chore! You’re in the sewing zone, that last thing you want to do is stop to refill a bobbin. The side winder is compact and portable, so you can take it to your sewing groups or move it as needed. It can run on a power cord or batteries. I love the battery option; heaven knows there are enough cords in the sewing room already.

Curved Blade embroidery scissors


This is probably one of the most valuable tools I own, aside from my seam ripper. I use these scissor in nearly every project I do. The curved blade lets you get extremely close to the fabric, without actually snipping it. Curved blades are fantastic for applique, embroidery, and even removing stitches. You don’t have to get super expensive ones, just whatever brand you normally buy is fine. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.

Needle Inserter / Bobbin Pullerneedle inserter

These were just recently brought to my attention. Where have they been all of my sewing life? Instead of struggling to fit your fingers and needles in a tiny space (ahem, sergers), you can use this tool to easily and quicky insert your needles. Apparently, using your fingernail to lift the needle isn’t the safest method. Who knew?

What’s your favorite sewing tool or accessory? Share it with us in the comment section below!

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Jane February 15, 2017 - 10:42 pm

I love the spool huggers. Will be thinking of buying the bobbin holder.

Rony December 27, 2015 - 9:46 pm

Awesome fabric! I got a seiwng machine for Christmas last year I haven’t even opened the box yet! I haven’t threaded one since middle school and I’m sort of intimidated but maybe I should get on that!Oh and speaking of curtain disasters I once hemmed my Ikea curtains using the no sew tape they provide, but my cats pulled it out. So I decided to hand sew them since at the time I didn’t have a seiwng machine. What a nightmare .

Sarah January 22, 2016 - 7:56 am

LOL I guess now you know how your cat feels about no-sew tape!

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George April 18, 2013 - 1:18 am

I like all of your choices for the seven,but the one I would like the best would be the wonder clips. I have been sewing since the early 1960’s and am at present using my grandmothers
1929 singer machine that I was given by my Mother in 1998. I enjoy sewing very much and am always looking for different produces to add to my sewing box.

Gloria April 8, 2013 - 12:52 am

I never realized that was a ‘compass’ tool.. I will now start using it. I do need to buy some of those curved sissors too. THX for posting this helpful info!

Wendy Wilson April 7, 2013 - 2:19 am

I like my red bobbin holder, easy to find! Those curved scissors, needle inserter, and no-slip pedal pad would have heen real handy on my quilt project this week! But, I never could see the benefit ofb the side winder. I just wind as many bobbins on my machine as I think I’ll need. To use the side winder, you’d still have rethread your machine, because you’d have to take the thread spool off to put it on the sidewinder. Unless you bought a separate spool just for that. To me, it isn’t a big deal to rethread my machine.

plawing April 6, 2013 - 7:20 pm

I noticed several loved the bobbin winder. I have one it can’t get to work worth spit. Wonder if I am doing something wrong. The wonder clips are great and hold binding wonderfully.

Sarah April 8, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Is it not threading the bobbin evenly?

Evelyn Quick April 6, 2013 - 2:44 am

best sewing parts and findings

patricia April 5, 2013 - 9:26 pm

These are awesome tools. Especially the bobbin winder and the bobbin puller.

Lucille Koenig April 6, 2013 - 12:08 am

Also one of those tools you use for pushing quick back on your finger nails would work for the bobbin puller and they come in several sizes.

Nancy April 6, 2013 - 7:06 pm

Thanks for the great tip!

Lucille Koenig April 6, 2013 - 12:05 am

all those give aways at the first of the year, I discovered one of those pads they give away are the perfect holder for your foot feed and I also turn the foot feed around and you have better control of your speed. Those pads are just the size of my foot feed so nothing sticks out in your especially if you are crowded for room as I am.

Ramona Walter April 5, 2013 - 11:22 pm

Your information has been very helpful. I use most of the tools recommended and would recommend them to everyone for trouble free sewing.

Bruce April 5, 2013 - 10:23 pm

Very excellent suggestions!

Changma April 5, 2013 - 9:42 pm

I have 6 out of the seven of these…love them all. Don’t have the bobbin holder yet, but keep toying with the idea.

Gail April 14, 2013 - 5:29 pm

The bobbin holder is great. No more loose threads coming unwound and tangled and you can hold them all up at once to good light to judge colors..

Glenda Cobbin April 5, 2013 - 9:12 pm

I have a side winder. Its a very useful tool. I bought it at Michaels with a 50% off coupon.


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