Quilting Tools & Equipment


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Bias Press Bars Used to press the seam allowance of bias stems and Celtic appliqué.
Cardboard To make templates.
Craft Knife Used to cut templates.
Fabric Marking Pencils Soapstone, quilter's white or silver, tailor's chalk or a chalk dispenser are all recommended.
Fusible Web An iron on adhesive mostly used for wallhangings
Graph Paper (¼") This is used for drafting your own quilt designs.
Graphite Paper Used to transfer template designs onto cardboard.
Grid Ruler(s) See-through acrylic ruler with grid markings (in inches) both horizontally and vertically. A few sizes (6" x 24"/6" square + 45° angle/6" x 1") are recommended.
Interfacing Used to appliqué simple shapes.
Iron and Ironing Board A smaller ironing board beside you sewing area is also helpful.
Mechanical Pencil The thin lead makes them useful for consistency in drawing sewing lines.
Needles Sharps (Size 5-10) for hand sewing; Between (Size 8-10) for quilting and Embroidery.
Pen Useful for making templates.
Permanent Fabric Marker To make your quilt label.
Painters Tape To help mark a quilting line and holding down backing fabric.
Pinking Shears The best for clipping curves for appliqué.
Quilting Hoop or Frame A lap hoop or floor frame to hold the quilt taught while quilting.
Quilting Thimble To protect your finger and guiding your needle while quilting.
Rotary Cutter and Mat This is a quick way to cut fabric. They are worth the investment, as your cutting time will only be a fraction of the time it would take to cut the fabric with scissors.
Safety Pins 1" rustproof
Scissors A good sharp pair of fabric scissors. A pair to cut paper. Small scissors are also very useful.
Seam Ripper For the times you have to un-sew!
Sewing Machine ¼" presser foot is recommended for accurate seam allowances. A walking foot is recommended for machine quilting. A darning foot for free-motion quilting. 80/12 Universal Needles.
Spray Starch Used to stiffen flimsy cotton.
Straight Pins Silk pins are recommended.
Thread Use good quality matching or neutral colour thread. Baste with inexpensive thread. Quilt with quilting thread or quality thread treated with beeswax.
Tracing Paper Used to transfer designs.
White Freezer Paper Paper wax-coated on one side used for appliqué.

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