Sewing and Pattern Cutting Tools

An ethical guide to sewing and pattern cutting tools

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The Sewing Retreat_Metric Pattern Cuttin

Pattern Cutting Tools:

When you start out with any project I think knowing which tools to buy can be overwhelming and a lot of the time there are so many gadgets you just don't need. So I thought it might be helpful if I showed you which tools I use and why. 

  1. Pattern Cutting Ruler - I use the Pattern Master ruler because I find the size covers most outfits I make, It's quite strong so it won't break (It's currently in my suitcase on my world tour and it's not broken yet, I think that's quite impressive) and it's super easy to do seam allowances with the extra lines on it.

  2. Notchers - These aren't a must but they are useful if you want to make your patterns last longer. They snip a 'U' shape in the paper meaning it doesn't rip as easily as notching by hand creating 'V' shapes.

  3. Propelling pencil 0.5mm leads- This is a must to be able to get the accuracy required for pattern cutting. If you use a normal pencil then the lead will get thicker and thicker meaning you add the odd millimeter here and there to your patterns. These millimeters all add up and then you'll find your seams don't quite match.

  4. Paper scissors- Please don't use your fabric ones they'll get blunt very quickly if you use them for paper.

The Sewing Retreat_Pattern Cutting Tips

where CAN I buy them?

If you click on the images of the books below they'll take you over to Amazon where you can buy these books from anywhere in the world. I personally use the 5th edition of this book (purple cover) but if you want to be all up to date there is now a 6th edition (Oliver green cover), I'm not sure there's much difference though. There's also a Menswear edition (royal blue cover) and Children's wear and Babywear edition (bright green cover). So if you fancy trying your hand at menswear or children's wear these will be your go-to bibles.




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