Top 16 Sewing Gadgets & Equipment To Help Hone Your Craft

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By Nathan Jude | Updated: August 4, 2021

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People have been sewing together hide, skin, fur, and bark to make clothing for as long as 25,000 years! [source]

While sewing was one of the first skills humans learned, it has definitely come a long way since that time.

Whether you’ve been doing embroidery since childhood or you’ve recently taken up quilting, there are plenty of gadgets that can make your hobby or profession even easier.

Here are some of the best sewing gadgets around to help you hone your skills.

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1. Magnetic Pin Holder Sewing Wristband

What if your pincushion could also help you pick up dropped pins? The powerful magnet in the Magnetic Pin Holder Sewing Wristband can do just that!

With a stronger magnet than previous models, this pin holder can handle more pins than ever and helps save your fingernails by picking up dropped pins.

The silicone slap-band fits snugly around wrists of any size, making it ideal for anybody who sews.

Another thing that sets this pin holder apart is that it can hold any small metal objects, from safety pins to tiny screws to bobby pins to paperclips.

Don’t like keeping your pincushion on your wrist? This wristband can also lay flat or hook onto other objects to hang wherever you need it.

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2. Shozaburo High Grade Japanese Dressmaking Scissors

If you sew for a living or use a lot of heavy fabrics, you need top-tier shears that stay sharp as long as possible.

With that in mind, the Shozaburo High Grade Japanese Dressmaking Scissors are well worth the cost.

Amazingly sharp, they’ll keep their edge for up to a year or longer if you maintain them properly.

When you factor in the time, cost, and hassle associated with getting your shears sharpened, plus the frustration of trying to use shears that simply aren’t sharp enough, these shears are a worthwhile investment.

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3. CANARY Japanese Sewing Scissors

Want high-quality shears but don’t have a couple hundred dollars to spare? Get the best compromise with the CANARY Japanese Sewing Scissors.

While they aren’t quite as heavy-duty as the Shozaburo High Grade Japanese Dressmaking Scissors, they are much sturdier and sharper than your average shears.

A non-stick fluorine coating on the blades means you can cut through tape and other sticky materials without making a mess of your scissors.

Offset handles are more ergonomic than totally straight shears, helping reduce wrist pain, while the ABS resin grip is gentle on your hands.

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4. Third Hand Sewing Clamp

If you do a lot of hand-sewing or seam ripping, you’ll wonder how you ever went without the Third Hand Sewing Clamp.

Clamping onto any table (or other surface) that’s up to 1.5” thick, the Third Hand holds fabric taut while you work, saving you time and frustration.

Note that the thread that comes with it isn’t very strong, so you may want to replace it with something a little more heavy-duty.

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5. Mighty Bright Lighted Seam Ripper

Trying to find the right seams to rip can be tricky, especially if the thread is the same color as the fabric. The Mighty Bright Lighted Seam Ripper makes finding the right seams much easier.

With a battery-powered light and an adjustable or removable magnification glass with 3X magnification, you’ll be able to see the threads much easier.

Additionally, the large handle is much easier to hold than traditional small seam rippers, making it gentler on your hands.

A clear protective cover keeps your seam ripper – and other sewing supplies – safe when it’s not in use.

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6. Madam Sew Sew Sewing Machine LED Lighting Strip

Does it seem like you can’t get enough light when you’re sewing? Even if your sewing machine has a light, it may not be very bright. You can try to use a lamp, but you’re liable to have shadows from your machine.

Get the light you need with the Madam Sew Sew Sewing Machine LED Lighting Strip. This light strip mounts under the arm of your sewing machine to give you light where you need it the most.

Since you cut it to fit, it’ll work with any size sewing machine.

This LED kit also includes hooks for mounting the light strip and a remote that turns the light on, off, up, and down.

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7. Rdutuok Wool Pressing Mats

Who wants to hassle with a full-size ironing board when you’re just pressing quilting pieces? It’s much more convenient to use the Rdutuok Wool Pressing Mats.

In addition to being smaller and more convenient than an ironing board, these wool mats reflect heat back toward the fabric to get the wrinkles out of both sides at once.

Best yet, you can pin the fabric directly to the mat, keeping even small pieces of fabric in place while you iron them.

This kit contains a large 17” X 24” pressing mat for home, a portable 10” X 10” mat, an iron rest, and many other small sewing accessories.

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8. Panasonic Cordless 1500W Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron

Irons really don’t get any more convenient than the Panasonic Cordless 1500W Multi-Directional Steam/Dry Iron.

Not only is the iron cordless, but the cord retracts fully into the base, which also has a lid with a handle for the ultimate portability.

Its unique double-pointed shape gives you 360° ironing capabilities, and you can have the steam function on or off.

Variable temperature control lets you adjust the heat to the perfect setting for various fabric types.

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9. Clover Desk Needle Threader

How much time, magnification, or saliva do you need to thread your needles? Skip the hassle with the Clover Desk Needle Threader.

With this small device, all you need to do is place the needle in (eye side down, of course), lay the thread in the slot, and press a button. This gadget jabs the thread through the eye of the needle, so all you have to do is pull it the rest of the way through.

Note that this needle threader works best with oval-eye needles of a certain size. You may want to read the reviews to see if people mention whether they had success with your favorite needle type.

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10. Automatic Sewing Machine Bobbin Winder

Take the frustration out of winding bobbins with the Automatic Sewing Machine Bobbin Winder.

Working with both spools and cones and just about any bobbin with a ¼” hole, you can save time with this fast automatic winder.

When adjusted properly, it will automatically shut off when the bobbin is full. However, some people report overly full bobbins, so you may need to shut it off manually.

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11. Simflex Button Spacing Sewing Gauge

Save time marking out buttons, pleats, tucks, shirring, and more with the Simflex Button Spacing Sewing Gauge.

Expanding up to 24”, you can mark out 8 holes that are equal distances apart. You save time by only needing to measure once. Once the distance is set, simply move the entire gauge along the fabric until everything is marked.

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12. Brother Luminaire 2 Innov-ìs XP2 Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery Machine

Brother Luminaire 2 Innov-ìs XP2 Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery Machine

Take your quilting or embroidery to levels you never imagined possible with the Brother Luminaire 2 Innov-ìs XP2 Sewing, Quilting & Embroidery Machine.

This isn’t your ordinary sewing machine.

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13. Cricut EasyPress 2 Heat Press Machine

For the best results on heat-transfer vinyl (HTV) projects, you need the Cricut EasyPress 2 Heat Press Machine.

With a timer, the ability to set the exact temperature you want, and its relatively large size, this heat press outperforms a traditional iron for any HTV projects you can come up with.

There are 3 different sizes to choose from. The largest (12” X 12”) gets hot in under 3 minutes, while the smallest size (6” X 7”) heats up in just over a minute.

Every size provides professional iron-on results in less than a minute.

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14. SINGER Survival Sew Kit

Whether you’re just getting into sewing or you’re looking for a travel sewing kit, you’ll love the SINGER Survival Sew Kit.

The 7” X 3.5” case contains everything you need for sewing on the go: thread, needles, needle threader, scissors, tape, marking pencils, thimble, fabric glue, tape measure, pins, safety pins, and buttons.

With 4 neutral thread colors, this kit can handle most emergency sewing needs.

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15. FEZIBO Adjustable Electric Standing Desk

Tired of hunching over your sewing machine? Hunch no more with the FEZIBO Adjustable Electric Standing Desk!

Whether you’re sewing, doing other crafts, or working, sitting at a desk all day has a lot of downsides.

In addition to back pain, sitting all day can lead to a number of health problems, including:

Pick your perfect sitting and standing heights with 3 preset buttons to customize the height from 27.6″ to 47.3″.

While this standing desk is available in 3 sizes, we recommend the 63” version because it’s large enough to hold your sewing machine, computer monitor, and anything else you might want to keep on your desk.

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16. Fiskars Crafts Rotary Sewing Cutting Set

With a rotary cutter, cutting mat, and a large ruler, the Fiskars Crafts Rotary Sewing Cutting Set has everything you need for cutting quilting squares or anything else.

A symmetrical design means the 45 mm rotary cutter can be used by both left- and right-handed people, and it’s sharp enough to cut through multiple layers of fabric.

The 18” X 24” cutting mat has an easy-to-read measuring grid and includes bias lines.

The 6.5” X 24” clear acrylic ruler includes a grid for simplified shape cutting and highlighted seam allowances.

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The Top 6 Sewing Gadgets We’re Geeking Out Over

Shozaburo Japanese Dressmaking Scissors

The best sewing shears money can buy.

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FEZIBO Adjustable Electric Standing Desk

Stop hunching over your sewing machine.

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Madam Sew Sew LED Lighting Strip

Bright light right where you need it.

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Panasonic Cordless Multi-Direction Steam/Dry Iron

The ultimate choice for quilting, crafting & sewing.

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SINGER Survival Sewing Kit

The perfect travel sewing kit.

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Magnetic Pin Holder Sewing Wristband

Much more than your average pincushion!

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Hey! I'm Nathan Jude, also known as the HPGE (Human Powered Gadget Engine) and I freaking love all things gadgets. I started to share my passion and geek out with other like minded 'tech heads'! If I'm not searching the globe for new gizmos, you'll find me on the golf course or spending time with my beautiful family.

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