Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced quilter, there are certain quilting supplies you need to have in your sewing room. But heading to your local quilting shop without a list of items in mind can result in a bit of an overwhelming trip. There are going to be a whole lot of choices, so it can be hard to know exactly where to start, especially when you’re just starting to build up your collection.
Below is a list of some must-have quilting supplies in St. Louis, MO that you should make sure to add to your collection as soon as you decide you’re going to pursue the hobby:
- Rotary cutter: You need accurate cutting when making patches for your quilts. A rotary cutter is the best tool for creating those cuts. With more accurate cuts, you’ll also be able to more accurately piece your quilts together. The tool is similar to a pizza cutter in appearance and operation, and has extremely sharp blades. You’ll find rotary cutters in a variety of sizes, but for beginners, a medium-sized cutter will provide the most versatility and easiest usage.
- Self-healing cutting mat: A rotary cutter isn’t the only thing you need for your cutting practices—you also need something to run it on. A self-healing cutting mat protects your cutting surface and ensures your rotary cutter won’t get dull as you use it over and over. A good size mat is a 24” x 36” mat, because it will fit on top of most craft and sewing tables and can be used for a pretty good variety of projects. Just make sure you store the mat flat—keep it under a bed, on a closet shelf or anywhere else you won’t have to roll it or fold it up.
- Ironing equipment: An iron and ironing board is a must for any quilter. You don’t need to go with an expensive iron, as long as it’s capable of getting hot enough for the job and also has a steam function. The ironing board you select should be sturdy enough to handle your quilt once it’s fully pieced together. You probably have an iron and ironing board that already work well enough, but if the board can’t handle your quilts, it might be a good idea to look into a new one.
- Quilting ruler: Quilting rulers are clear plastic rules with a grippy texture, which prevents them from slipping out of your hands when you’re using a rotary cutter. Most of the time, these rulers have markings specific for quilting that will help you get even more accuracy out of your cuts. The most common sizes of rulers used by quilters are 5” x 24” and 6” x 24”.
- Quilting gloves: Quilting gloves give you some more grip while remaining flexible for you to stay accurate when using sewing machines. Make sure you get the right size!
These are just a few examples of must-have quilting supplies in St. Louis, MO. Get yours today from Fenton Sew and Vac!
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