When sewing different projects, there are many similarities in the process and even the supplies needed. However, when working with swimwear, it varies a little for the most wearable and best results. To learn more about the tools near for sewing swimwear, enjoy the simplified infographic below and the extra tips found within this post.
Sewing & Cutting Tools
- To cut swimwear fabric, a rotary cutter and mat will provide clean edges and prevent slipping.
- Pattern weights will also help prevent slipping.
- A walking foot is a great tool for sewing swimwear that feeds fabric through the machine evenly to prevent bunching and wonky stitches.
- The right thread and needle are important for creating durable swimwear. The best thread is polyester, while the best needle options are ballpoint needles to prevent snags or twin needles for a professional topstitch/finish. Note: A single stretch needle is also acceptable if you plan to topstitch using a zigzag stitch.
- A loop turner is a lifesaver for turning swim straps, so this is a must-have tool that will help save a lot of time and create a professional-looking project.
- Safety pins help keep bra pads in place when fitting/trying on and sewing them in place and are much easier to work with than traditional sewing pins, which will poke you or slip out when taking off during fittings.
- Small straight scissors are great for little touch-ups, like trimming the lining to match up with your fashion fabric and bra pads, or snipping threads.
Notions & Accessories
Sewing swimwear takes a few additional tools and precautions, but these tips will help take your confidence level from beginner to experienced in no time. While you’re here, check out our free swimwear sewing patterns and our most recent swimsuit trend report to learn about the latest swim trends!
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