Sewing Tool Recommendations

Hi guys!  Just a quick post today, and this one contains affiliate links, so if you purchase after clicking through here, I’ll get a little extra fabric spending money. 😉 😉

I’ve been asked a bunch of times for a sewing machine recommendation, so I decided to just put it here so that it’s easy to refer to.  The machine I recommend is this Brother CS6000i.  It’s great for beginners or for someone looking to get back into sewing who doesn’t want to spend a fortune on a new machine.  I don’t have this exact model (mine is a similar Brother machine), but this is the one I encouraged my mom to buy a couple of summers ago and therefore the one I use when I’m visiting her (because who can stop sewing for 2 whole weeks?  Impossible).

I recommend this one because it comes with so many extras, including a walking foot (great for sewing knits or quilting things with layers).  I may have stolen the walking foot that came with my mom’s machine, since my machine didn’t come with one… thanks, Mom!  It also comes with a hardcover case, which is great for protecting the machine if you want to store it in a closet.

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Also, just throwing this out there in case anyone wants to start sewing with knit fabric more… a serger changed my life in that department.  I got this Brother 1034D serger about a year ago, and I have zero complaints.  There are definitely models that have more bells and whistles, but this one is a workhorse and I love it.

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And, since Christmas is coming, here are a few things I own that I use all the time… just in case you were looking for things to ask for. 🙂

  1. Rotary cutter and mat: I have this cutter and this mat.  But this smaller cutter is on my wish list for Christmas this year!  Smaller cutters are better for cutting curves.  If you do a lot of straight lines, a clear ruler is nice.  I have this one.
  2. Magnetic pin cushion:  I have this one and love it!
  3. Retractable tape measure:  I have this one.  No more winding up my tape measure every time I use it… or every time one of the kids uses it as a cat toy… sigh…
  4. My Gingher scissors… these things cut like a dream, folks.
  5. These wonder clips… amazing.  I use them instead of pins when I’m serging to make sure that I don’t accidentally serge a pin and kill my serger blade.  They’re also great for holding thick layers together.

I have a bunch of other things, too, but these are the ones I use for almost every project, and the ones that I always like to have close by while I’m working.  I hope this is helpful for some of you!

Thanks for reading!

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