Tools For Clothing Construction
Well selected sewing equipments are essential for making a garment of good appearance. These are usually available at each and every home, as these tools are helpful for women in Garment making. Tools for clothing construction can be classified as
1. Measuring tool
2. Drafting tool
3. Marking tool
4. Cutting tool
5. Stitching tool
6. Pressing tool
These tools are helpful to cut out the pattern from paper, to cut the fabrics and thread. The cutting tool which are commonly used are.
3. Pinking shears
4. Seam Ripper
5. Thread Clipper
6. Embroidery scissors
These have round handles and the blades are usually 6' or less than 6 inches. They are designed mainly for snipping threads and trimming seams. However, scissors with 5 inch blade can be used by beginners for cutting fabric as well.
For cutting fabric, shears are more satisfactory than scissors. Shears differ from scissors, in which shears have one small ring handle for the thumb and a large ring handle for the second, third and fourth fingers. They also have longer blades (8' to 12'). It is better to select bent handled shears made of high quality steel and having blades joined with a bolt or screw rather than a rivet. Take good care of your shears and use them only for cutting fabric. Do not drop them or leave them out to rust or cut any other item.
Select a light weight pinking shear. These are useful for finishing the edges of seams and other raw edges of fabric. They produce a notched (zigzag) cutting line which prevents raveling of woven fabrics. Pinking gives a neat appearance to the inside of garments.
This is penshaped gadget with a small blade at one end for removing stitches. Use the blade to lift the thread away from the fabric before cutting. Be careful not to cut the fabric.