At last! The sewing tutorial I promised! Today we start with the basics: our tools. I'm giving you the tools I use the most, every time I sew. We start with the cast of characters:
How simple is this? Thread, scissors, straight pins, hand needles, machine needles and the pin cushion! Because some of you seem a little less informed than others of you, I'm starting off with the basics. Check it out:
Because I love you and don't want you hurting yourself. The scissors are used for cutting around the pattern pieces. Not for much else. Stick your fingers in the large opening and your thumb in the smaller opening and have fun! But ONLY with fabric. A sharp pair of scissors are a seamstress' best friend.
This little beauty,
the pincushion, will hold these:
You'll need plenty of straight pins. I like to use primarily the glass head, steel pins. I do a lot of steaming with my lovely iron and the glass heads won't melt, the steel pins won't rust. Good stuff. The pins do several things, including hold pattern pieces to fabric, hold pieces of fabric together till you sew them together, and hold fabric to other things, like a blocking board. They also hold posters on walls, but NOT my glass head pins. Taboo, that is.
Last needle for today is the machine needle:
These are jean needles. The higher the number, the larger the needle. I use a 65 or 70 for heirloom work, or delicate fabric. And here's a tip for those of us whose vision is going: the number of the needle is written on it's shank. That tiny number is DANG hard to see, which can be a problem if you're taking one off your machine and can't remember what size it is. Put it in one of the needle cases and the cover acts as a magnifying glass. You're welcome.
What else do we need? think, think, think. Thread! I knew I was forgetting something! Here's a spool of pink heirloom thread:
Pretty darn simple. Did you know that thread has a grain? You know how if you pull a piece of hair off your head and run your fingers down the strand, one direction is smooth and the other rough? That's the grain. Running your fingers down and it feeling smooth is going with the grain. Rough, against the grain. Thread also has a grain, allowing it to be smooth running through the fabric. Embroidery floss also has a grain. Check for it next time you work with it. You're welcome.
So there you have it. Tools of the trade. Next time I'll show you how to use them.
Until I write again ...