I received a request today from Diane in Michigan:
“Could you talk a bit about some of your preferences: i.e. elastic, interfacing, thread, etc. I want to stock up and have just recieved an email regarding a sale on Pro Stretch elastic, which I’ve never used before. Also, I’m looking for quality interfacing, especially for knits. What are your favs?
It doesn’t take much to get me to talk about some of my favorite sewing supplies!
*Pro-Stretch Elastic from Sew Exciting
*Stitch-Through Elastic from Casual Elegance (this is the Loes Hinse elastic)
These elastics can be trimmed down to a narrower width because they are knitted!
*1/4″ plain-edge knitted lingerie elastic – fantastic for necklines on knit tops! I can usually find it at JoAnn’s (I try to buy an entire roll if they have it)
All Palmer Pletsch interfacings – the Sheer is my favorite. It is a very light, yet crisp, knitted interfacing. I’d buy Sheer by the bolt if I could!
All interfacings from Sew Exciting
– these are a Sewing Diva favorite!
*Mettler Metrosene long-staple polyester for general sewing
*Gutermann long-staple polyester when I can’t find the right color in Mettler
*Coats & Clark Fine Thread for lightweight fabrics and fine shirtings. It’s located at the top of the C&C rack.
*Guterman silk-thread for basting and sewing wools – it melds right into the fabric
*Gutermann topstitching thread – comes in a ton of great colors
*YLI Jeans thread – Some funky colors and variegated shades for topstitching
*Woolly Nylon for use on the bobbin when twin-needle stitching
*Mettler Metrocor serger thread. It’s so smooth and fine you can also use it on your regular machine for lightweight fabrics.
*Maxi-Lock cone thread. Not my #1 choice but it works well and is readily available in a wide selection of colors – about 99% of my cone thread is Maxi-Lock.
*Gutermann upholstery thread is a wonderful strong thread for sewing upholstery, leather purses and even for topstitching. Keep in mind that not all domestic machines will like sewing with heavy thread (I use an industrial) so test first.
Other favorite notions:
*Steam-A-Seam Lite 1/4″ – I love this stuff! If you have trouble with wavy hems on your knits you can fuse the hem up with SAS before stitching. Unlike most fusible products your fabric will retain it’s stretch due to the honeycomb construction of the tape. There is a double-stick version available – Steam-A-Seam Lite 2.
*Clover bias tape makers – accept no substitutes, the ones from Dritz don’t even come close.
*Gingher Appliqué scissors – I could not live without at least two pair because I’m always misplacing them. I had the bill rounded on one pair to avoid catching/snagging knit fabrics.
*Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter – don’t know how I ever lived without it! I put my dull blades in a separate cutter marked for paper use – great for trimming patterns and photos.
*Fine pins from Japan – anything else feels like a nail to me. Stock up when you find them! Clover Patchwork Pins are really nice too. Even finer than the Japanese pins, I keep a box around for chiffons.