Sheila MacDonald, our long-term Atlantic Sewing Guild member is known for her organizational skills and persistence in finishing projects to high standards.  She has graciously given us the list of items that are included in her sewing luggage for those wonderful times when sewing away from home – at one of our classes, “SIN Saturdays” (Sew It Now) or longer sewing retreats.  We know that if we’ve forgotten something (other than the sewing machine – & yes, it happens), Sheila probably has “several somethings” to help us out!  Following is the checklist she reviews when heading out (rather like an airline pilot, she is!).  It would be hard to think of something that Sheila has forgotten.  For those of us with upcoming Seaside Sewing, this will be a great help – thanks S!

In the “Clinique bag:
Tapes
1. Heat & Bond
2. Fix it tape
3. Wonder tape
4. Design Plus
a) Fusible Bias
b) Fusible Superfine
c) Double Sided
5. Transparent Scotch tape
– Awl
– Fray Stop
– Spray adhesive
Rulers
1. Yellow
2. 7″  with seam guide
3. measuring tape
– straight pins of choice
Scissors
1. rotary cutter
2. ergonomic Fiskars, 12″
3. snips
4. paper scissors
5. duck bill scissors
– nylon sock to check for needle burrs
– magnet to pick up spilled pins
– sticky labels to mark right/left or font/back
– extension cord
– bandaids
Pop Top container in Clinique Bag:
– pencil
– pen
– yellow chalk
– seam ripper
– eraser
– Zieman 5-in-1 tool (ruler with slider)
– tweezers
Others
– spray starch
– apron if removing a lot of thread
– medical paper roll
PROJECT
– fabric
– interfacing
– pattern
– lining
– muslin
Optional
– hams
– pressing cloth
– clapper
– stabilizers on a roll
Speciality Rulers
– French curve
– quilting rules
Thread kit
– special threads
– multi-spool holder
Needle Bag
– universal needles
– speciality needles
– hand sewing needles
– bees’ wax
– stabilizers
– floss threaders
– tracing paper
– smooth tracing wheel
Foot bag
– speciality feet
SEWING MACHINE
– foot control
– electric cord
– tool box
– spare bobbins
– thread for project
Books
– note book
– foot book
– machine user manual

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