A seam gauge is a six inch ruler with a sliding marker to keep track of theexact measurement you are using. This small gauge is a quick and accuratemeasuring device. Most seam gauges are made out of a thin metal so theyare easy to bend out of shape.For accuracy, replace when it gets bent or the sliding marker gets loose.
There are water-erasable marking pens. The ink in these pens is water soluble. Test on a scrap of fabric to make sure the ink does not stain and thatwater marks do not show. Remove the marks before ironing.
Fabric glue is a time saving method to replace pinning and basting. A regular glue stick can also be used for this purpose. Fabric glue can be used as apermanent “stitching” method of leather, vinyl, felt, and some trims.
A bodkin is a small tool that looks like a miniature set of tongs that lock intoplace. This is an indispensable gadget for threading elastic, cording, or ribbonthrough a casing.
Pattern weights can make cutting faster than pinning. Be careful when usingweights; they are not as stable as pins. Weights can be purchased; however,household items can be used as weights. Cans of food make great weights.Small bottles or containers can be filled with rice or stones to makeinexpensive weights.
A rotary cutter looks like a pizza cutter. The round blade is razor sharp andcan cut through many layers of fabric quickly and accurately. Rotary cutterscome in several different sized blades. You must have a special cutting matunderneath the fabric when cutting. Rotary cutters work best on straightedges when used in conjunction with a ruler as a cutting guide.
Magnetic pin cushions are a wonderful accessory. This pin cushion makespicking up and putting pins down so much easier. You can just drop the pinson this large magnetic disc and they will stick. Just turn the pin cushion upsidedown and move over the table or floor to pick up your pins.