Here are the sewing tools and supplies that I find myself using all the time and/or appreciating more and more.
sewing weights – These are not the kind I have, which are no longer sold, but if I needed more or choose to give them as gifts, this is what I would try based on the description and reviews
Olfa 45 mm rotary cutter – This size is best for longer, straight sections of cutting. The smaller circumference blade below is much better for curves or tight spots.
At this time, the link generator on amazon is not working for 45mm blades.
extra Olfa 28 mm blades – When a knick develops in just one spot on the blade, it no longer cuts in that spot, requiring constant recutting OR put a new blade in.
Clover Wonder Clips – These are the clips I have. There are lots of options out there, but I am very happy with the tension on these and the handy box they come it.
Bias Tape Maker – It has been so helpful many times to be able to make the exact bias tape I needed, such as to edge an apron. I have the Clover brand of these, too, but this less expensive oset looks like it is worth trying!
Taylor’s chalk and marking pens – These are not the ones I have, but I am definitely ready for a variety pack of colors. The pink and white one I have is limited to specific fabric colors.
Heavy weight manila pattern paper – This paper is great for making copies of patterns that I will use repeatedly. This happens a lot with things I decide to make as gifts.
Zipper by the yard – It is wonderfully simple to make the exact size zipper you want with zipper by the yard from byannie.com. You can also make different zipper pull configurations that make zipper openings very professional. There are 32 color options.
Straps and buckles – This company sells all kinds of fun strapping and buckles. They ship promptly, too.