My Favorite Sewing Notions Part 1

I know there are many folks out there who have been sewing for years with just the very basics. But part of my hobby is getting fun, easy tools to use. so here are some of my favorites (not in any order.)

Non Stick Scissors
Teflon anti-stick scissors

Ever had sticky residue or tape you need to cut through. What a mess it leaves on regular scissors. These are pretty great (got the idea from having a nurse cut adhesive bandages on my hand). The teflon on the blades keep the sticky from sticking. I also like this particular pair because the thumb part is open enough to cut with arthritic thumbs that don’t have to bend sideways. Here’s where I found them on Amazon.

Sticky Buddy

Sticky Buddy picks up lots of stuff

This one theoretically is not a sewing notion. But it really is ….The Sticky Buddy As Seen On TV (There is also one called the Big Shticky which I assume works the same way.) Obviously this picture is the After. I tried the little one that came with the set I got, but the surface area was too small. This one picks up everything, including pins in the carpet. This is also good for scrapbooking tiny scraps. I found mine at Wal-Mart.

  • Tip: When it says rinse in luke warm water, it means it. Too cold doesn’t work; too hot melts the silicone.
  • Tip: When it starts leaving stuff and stops picking up, it’s time to wash it.
  • Tip: Use a strainer (I got mine for 97 cents) to put under the Sticky Buddy so all this stuff doesn’t go down the drain.
  • Tip: It has to be dry to re-use it. I just wipe it on lint-free paper towel.

June tailor Creative Cut
June Tailor Creative Cut Ruler makes it easy to cut stripsthe fabric lines up easily on the cutting ruler

I found this notion at Joann’s and use it all the time. I have arthritis in my hands, and having enough pressure to get clean cuts with my rotary cutter is hard. (scissors are worse). This allows me to make a cut and go back over it without the rotary cutter moving. The little wider opening at the end of each column (each 1/2 inch) allows the cutter to slip in easily. ) On Amazon.

Omnigard Ruler

Omnigrid See-through ruler

I really like this one because it is long enough – 14″, solid enough and so well-marked that it is easy to keep things straight. It has markings all the way across. I used it to easily mark 3/8″. I got mine at Nancy’s Notions

  • They also have different sizes and shapes.

Quilters Slip ‘N Grips

I don’t know whether you can see little dots on the rulers above. They are little rough adhesive dots to keep rulers from slipping without hurting the fabric. They are the next handy sewing notion. Got mine at Joann’s.

Quilting slip preventing tabs 

More notions in part 2.

We would love to know what notions YOU like in your sewing and embroidery and why.


How to Handle Worry

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you, Jesus!”
– Isaiah 26:3 (NLT)

4 responses to “My Favorite Sewing Notions Part 1

  1. Wow, these are all new to me! What a helpful post! :)

    • Isn’t it fun to find new stuff. I learn new things from you all the time! I’m working on Part 2 right now. All the pictures are taken just need to sit down and do it.

  2. What handy-looking gadgets – even for someone who rarely sews. Most of these would be great for other crafters, too. Thanks for sharing your notions (and sorry I haven’t been visiting, lately. Life has become extremely hectic!)

  3. I do use the rulers for other projects like scrapbooking. (I have a rotary cutter and scissors just for paper (and some scissors for just anything). I did read on your own blog your totally exhausting schedule. Can’t wait for the next installment of the story. I really liked yours!

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