Tools

Measuring Tools for Slipcover Makers

MEASURING & MARKING TOOLS

Dritz Flip It Tape Measure, ¾ by 144 inch

The best flexible tape for measuring furniture! Super long. Measures 144″ on one side. Flip it over and continue measuring up to 288″. Yardage increments are marked on the tape for easy reference.

2″ x 60″ Metal Ruler

This ruler is the perfect width for making my welt cord bias strips with 3/4″ seam allowance. The 60″ length makes it fast and easy to chalk cut lines on fabric.

1.5″ x 60″ Metal Ruler

If you prefer making welt bias strips with 1/2″ seam allowance this is the ruler is for you.

6″ Metal Sewing Gauge

I keep several of these little rulers in my workroom. They come in handy for making small marks on seams and measuring turned hem allowance.

Omnigrip 2.5″ x 18″ Non-Slip, See-Through Ruler

This is my go-to ruler for measuring and marking the slipcover skirt height as I pin fit and when I draft slipcover patterns.

Clover Chaco Liner Chalk White and Clover Chaco Liner Chalk Refill White

My favorite marking tool. It wheels on a fine line of chalk, which is easy to brush off. I use it to mark up a slipcover as I pin fit, draw cut lines for bias strips, label slipcover pieces, etc.

Tailor’s Chalk

I use this hard milled chalk to mark slipcover hems as I pin fit. I also use it with my 60″ metal ruler to mark bias strip cut lines. 10 triangle shape pieces in a pack, 4 colors. The tapered edges draw a smooth, fine line without chalk dust.

Best Scissors for Slipcover Makers

CUTTING TOOLS

Kai 8.5″ Ergonomic Scissors 5220

I’ve been using Kai scissors for many years. I especially like the 8″ length for cutting as I pin fit.  The overall weight and non-slip, ergonomic handles makes this scissor very comfortable. The blades are sharper than other scissors I’ve used especially the points. The quality is excellent.

Kai 10″ Ergonomic Scissors 5250

These 10″ long scissors let me take big cuts. I use them mostly for cutting long lengths like welt bias strips, skirt panels and when I have to cut up rolls of fabric for pre-shrink.

Clover White Ergonomic Seam Ripper

Ripping out a few stitches or an entire seam is part of any sewing project, slipcovers included.  This ripper is super sharp. The fine point makes it easy to get under the tightest stitch.

Chickadee D2 by Eastman Electric Fabric Cutter

This heavy duty electric cutter is on my wish list. I’ve seen it in action and let me tell you it’s impressive. Cuts through 2 layers of heavy weight slipcover fabric easily and very quickly. If you’re cutting dozens of yards of bias strips every week like me, this is the answer to reducing repetitive stress on your hand and as well as speeding up welt cord production.

Pins for Slipcover MakingPINS & HOLDERS

Collins Straight Pins

A sharp, extra-long 1.5” steel shaft pin that works great for pin fitting slipcovers.  250 count.

Wonder Clips

These little clips are brilliant! I use these them in place of pins for certain tasks like keeping stripes in place while I sew to ensure a perfect match.

Grabbit Magnetic Pin Cushion

I use this pin holder on my worktable and take it with me when I pin fit. Magnetic on top only. Pins won’t stick to the sides or bottom.

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