“Hi, my name is Samantha, I'm very excited to be invited by Tilly to write this guest blog post on my top five sewing tools.
I picked my top five tools that I use every time I sew and that are essential to me. These tools will also work for everyone, not just people with disabilities – so keep reading or watch my video!
The large heads of these pins make them very easy to grip. This helps with poor dexterity, poor grip or numbness in the hands.
The pin dish they are on is life-changing! On a normal magnetic pin dish, pins can end up in a mess, making them difficult to pick up without getting stabbed. With this one, the pinheads are flared out in a circular formation, the pinheads still around the outside, making them much easier to pick up. It makes my sewing easier and safer.
Shears are my most used tool – for cutting threads, notches, corners and more – so they should be easy to grip. These are spring-loaded and my fingers fit around the non-slip rubberized grip rather than the holes, which makes them simple to use. They are also incredibly sharp and precise.
I place it next to me on my ironing board and put my iron on it when I need to put it down. It saves me from having to tilt the iron up and down which would put pressure on my arm and shoulder.
I have tried different needle threader tools over the years and this one is my favorite. To thread a hand sewing needle, all you have to do is insert the needle through the hole, lay the thread over the tool, press the lever, and it threads the needle's eye. the needle as if by magic. It is ideal for people with vision difficulties, dexterity or grip problems, children or simply anyone who wants to make their life easier.
So those are my top five accessible sewing tools. Everyone's disabilities and bodies are different, but this is what suits me best. I hope you can also find something that meets your needs. Sewing should be fun, and if there's any part that's frustrating and can be easily changed with a new or adapted tool, I highly recommend it.
Author, video and photos: Samantha Waude