When I first began sewing doll clothes for my granddaughters - if you haven't read my profile I only started sewing in 2012. I purchased a machine that was a combo sewing machine and embroidery machine. I didn't know how to do either. I purchased several doll patterns that comes with video tutorials from Rosie's Doll Clothes. I also watched several YouTube videos tutorials from Diane Morello (Scoresheet1) on YouTube for 18 inch or AG doll clothes.
I downloaded the free T-shirt pattern from Liberty Jane Clothing (now known as Pixie Faire) and I was hooked on sewing doll clothes for my granddaughters. Then several coworkers wanted to buy doll clothes from me and that is how I started sewing and selling doll clothes.
YouTube tutorials on sewing doll clothes, Diane Morello, Liberty Jane clothing, and kkcollect. My Froggy Stuff has a few doll clothing/bedding tutorials too. I have all of their videos pinned on separate pinterest boards.
My first and foremost item is my bodkin. I first seen this item used on a video tutorial that I purchased from Rosie's Doll Clothes. I use it to pull elastic through pants and skirts. I dislike using a safety pin and pulling the elastic through. This tool makes it a lot faster and easier.
I have several rulers. I like the clear plastic one (got free from a pharmaceutical rep when I worked for a doctor) when drawing patterns on cardstock. Then I have the wooden one I purchased from Office Depot.
Three size tube turners - purchased this at JoAnn's Fabric. I got this at 50% off. I try to buy when on sale or when I can use a coupon.
Love these small clippers. I keep this right next to my machine when I am sewing and in the drawer when I am not using. They are razor sharp. So, if you have grandkids that are curious please keep out of site.
These are my scissors and my recycled holder. I had to buy a new dishwasher last week and my husband took out the utensil holder from the old one and asked me if I could use it for something. I said yes I can. I can put all of my scissors and rotary cutters in it. I had been putting them in the drawer next to my sewing machine. Works great.
These are some small clips I purchased to use instead of pins. Some fabrics show pin marks and these also work great for hold material on my embroidery machine.
How do I store my PDF patterns that I purchase online and print. I use a three ring notebook, clear protector sheets, cardstock. I print off the pattern. I then print the pattern pieces onto card stock (keeping originals with the pattern) and then I cut out the pattern that I printed on the cardstock and place in clear protector sheets to keep them organized and with the pattern.
I have two OttLite - one desk and one floor standing. I love using these lights when sewing. I have the floor model next to when I cut fabric and the other one setting on my counter in between the sewing machine and serger.
Steam-A-Seam 2 is another product when sewing very small seams. It helps hold it together. Works great on fabric doll shoes.
If you do any crafting with a hot glue gun then I highly recommend these hot glue finger protector. I burned my fingers once....these really protect fingers.
I seen a video on YouTube using this foam core cutter from X-acto. I haven't used it yet. If you have ever tried to cut through foam core it can be challenging to get a need straight edge. This little device can cut at different angles. I purchased it at Michael's (used my 40% off coupon).
I hope you can find this information useful and can help you in your sewing and crafts. Happy Sewing/Crafting. I truly enjoy sewing. It is my "Cotton Therapy".
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