I don’t recommend machine embroidery items unless I have used them and believe
in them. Here are some of my favorites!
I wouldn’t trade my Gingher
applique scissors or Gingher
Double-Curved scissors for anything. They work so well for applique and the
double-curved are so easy to use when clipping threads in the hoop.
Another favorite is Fiskars
Razoredge Tabletop Shears. They are just the right angle for cutting chunks
of fabric, stabilizer, and batting on your tabletop.
Although I have not used them, I have heard good things
Buckley’s Perfect Scissors and snip
The DIME Hoop Mat
Hoop Mat is a wonderful tool for hooping and it takes up very little space.
This silicone beauty rolls up or lies flat with just enough grip so that your
bottom hoop does not slide around while you are trying to hoop your project.
Another favorite, 505
spray holds without fabric and stabilizer in place without gumming up your
needle. It’s essential for floating projects on stabilizer and for spray
basting quilting layers before embroidery.
Who knew a thread
stand could be so useful? It also is economical since you can save money by
purchasing larger cones of machine embroidery thread.
Snap Hoop Monster
hoop is worth every penny! I have the big one and am thinking about
ordering the smaller one while free shipping is going on. It is so easy to use
and accommodates substantial thicknesses of fabric, stabilizer, and batting so
it’s great for quilting or multiple-hoop projects.
These little beauties
are especially nice when pins will damage your fabric or vinyl. They also are
nice when stitching thick quilt blocks together or adding bias binding and
piping to project edges.
June Taylor’s Cut n Press
I have had a couple of these cutting/pressing
mats over the years. They are nice for rotary cutting and pressing while in
front of the TV using a small stand or ottoman.
They do tend to warp over time so I am tempted to replace it
with the Omnigrid
fold-away which seems to be very sturdy with the same amount of
One of my most recent acquisitions, wool
pressing mats are fabulous for getting the wrinkles out of your fabrics and
trims. It is almost like ironing both sides at once since the dense wool holds
heat and steam.
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