Before you even start sewing a seam, it’s important to assemble a kit of essential tools so that are at ready when you need them. Chances are, you already have a few of these items, but we’ve rounded up our favorites. It’s also a great way to put together a starter kit for a new sewist or quilter.
The Quilter’s Select rotary cutter is great because it’s ambidextrous. You can use it with your right or your left hand. The Olfa splash cutters are also fun and will brighten up any tool kit!
These from Quilter’s Select rulers have a uniform grippy surface on the back that keep the ruler steady and prevent it from slipping while you’re cutting for the most accurate cuts.
These Kai dressmaking shears are comfortable to hold and cut through fabric like butter.
Didn’t we already list scissors? Trust us, these are different and also super necessary. You’ll want to keep a pair of sharp embroidery scissors beside your sewing machine at all times to snip threads and trim patchwork pieces.
We love the Karen Kay Buckley’s Perfect Scissors. They’re sharp and have a micro-serrated blade. Plus, they come with a sheath to keep the protected when not in use.5. Seam Ripper
Nobody likes mistakes, but when you a have to unpick a seam, make the task easier with a good seam ripper that’s sharp and ergonomic. You can take out a seam in seconds if done with the right tool!
We always have multiples of the Clover seam ripper at all our sewing stations. The handle allows for a comfortable grip and the tool is sharp and easily cuts through threads.