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Crafting Without Stress: Guide to Choosing the Right Sewing Tools – Part 1

Sewing tools are important for any craft project. From quilting rulers to scissors and rotary cutters, these tools play an HUGE role in helping you achieve the results you want. The right sewing tools can make a big difference when it comes to crafting without stress. They help make sure that your projects turn out the way you intended, with clean lines and accurate measurements.

Quilting Rulers

There are so many options when it comes to quilting rulers, and the real secret is…they all will work! Whether fancy and expensive or cheap and simple a quilter’s ruler is like a good man – sturdy and useful. Sewing rulers come in a variety of shapes and sizes, allowing you to choose the one that is best suited to your project. The most common type of ruler used in quilting is the standard 6-inch

by 12-inch ruler – I use a Quilters Select Ruler in this size. The Quilter’s Select ruler has a rubbery back which helps it to grip on the fabric and not slip around. It is the perfect size for sitting next to your sewing machine on a small mat. A fancy and fabulous ruler like the Grace Company’s True Cut series will change your life…for the better! The holes in the ruler allow it to be flexible and mark on the fabric for measurements. There is a channel or lip on the edge allows the Grace Company True Cut rotary cutter to hoo

k in on the side and be secure without risking your fingers. It’s amazing. I got mine on SewingPartsOnline. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Specialty Rulers come in various shapes and perform special functions. For example, a ruler that you simply must have is the Strip Cut June Tailor Rulers that I picked up from The Quilted Cow. The large square “strip” ruler allows you to cut fabric in strips, but wait there is more….you can also cut blocks, triangles, and diamonds with it! It is so flexible. That is why you should love specialty rulers. June Tailor also has a fantastic hexagon ruler that will make cutting easy peasy lemon squeezy!

Rotary Cutters

Some women collect shoes and some women collect rotary cutters. I am the latter….well that and sewing machines, but that is a blog for another day. Rotary cutters can be used to cut straight lines or for the people who like to take the life of their fingers into their own hands…you can free form cut on your fabric. (I recommend using a small rotary cutter to cut free form) Rotary Cutters come in various sizes, shapes

and blades to accommodate different types of fabrics, from thin cottons to thick leathers. The most common type is the 45 mm rotary cutter which features a round blade with a handle that can be easily held in one hand while you guide your fabric with the other. Other popular options include 28 mm mini-cutters, 60 mm jumbo-cutters and specialty cutters such as pinking shears or wave blades for decorative effects.

My favorites are:

  • The Olfa 45mm because it has a safety grip that only engages the blade when you squeeze the grip.

  • The Grace Company True Cut 45mm is ergonomically created to save your wrist. It also has a unique function to fit into the channel of the true cut ruler mentioned above.

  • The Quilter Select rotary cutter has a nice heavy weight, and it keeps you from having to press very hard to cut. It is balanced and has a safety mechanism to keep the blade closed when not cutting.

Caring for your rotary cutter is also important since these tools are prone to rust if not kept properly maintained; after each use make sure that any excess fabric is cleaned off its surface before storing away in a dry place out of direct sunlight or heat sources. If necessary lubricate the blade occasionally with light machine oil (avoid petroleum based products) as this will help keep it from dulling too quickly over time as well as reduce friction when cutting through tough materials like denim or canvas. Additionally, always ensure that children are supervised around these sharp objects! This is one of the reasons I advocate for the Olfa since it automatically closes when not in use.


When choosing sewing tools it pays to invest in quality items – they may cost more initially but will last much longer than cheaper alternatives, so you won’t have to replace them as often.

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