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We’ve rounded up these seven essential items to put together the perfect emergency sewing kit.
1. Wipe-off fabric marker
Fabric pens allow you to make temporary marks on fabric material. They’re a great alternative to traditional tailor’s chalks, especially for making accurate alterations on fiddly points, and can be applied directly onto fabric material then easily brushed off afterwards without washing. Ideal if you’re in a stitch!
2. Needles for every possible occasion
There is nothing more infuriating than attempting to use an enormous hem skewer for delicate stitches because you’ve run out of the right needles, or trying to thread a thick embroidery thread through a teensy tiny eye. Keep a stash of spare needles in a range of sizes, and keep them safe and in order in a handy compact.
3. Fabric scissors
Keep a pair of dressmaking scissors in your sewing kit and only ever use them to cut fabric. Using them to cut paper or plastic will ruin the blades, and they will ruin your fabric. Using sharp scissors makes it a lot easier to cut fabric neatly and quickly and with no snags. Taking good care of the blades will make your fabric scissors last a lot longer.
4. Seam unpicker
These things are a blessing. Removing a seam by hand can be extremely fiddly and time consuming, and it’s the last thing you want to be messing around with under pressure. A seam unpicker can do the hard work for you in a lot less time.
Things like spare buttons always come in handy on the go. Keep a few useful bits and bobs in different colours and sizes so that your emergency sewing kit really is useful for all eventualities!
Stock up on different coloured threads. A complete set of colours and strengths is fantastic but far too bulky for an emergency kit. Take a range of useful colours and thread a few lengths around plastic spools to carry in your kit for emergencies.
7. Fabric tape
This is a great trick for sewing straight in a hurry – just tape down a straight line and sew along the edge of it, then remove the tape and admire your perfectly straight stitching! It can be used for machine stitching as well as by hand. Always make sure to test the tape on your material first so you don’t pull fibres from cheap fabric.
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