2. Cutting tools

For accurate cutting, clipping, and trimming, use the tool that is appropriate. The small scissors and the 
rotary point cutter are especially important for controlled cutting in small areas.

Clockwise, from left: 1/8" hole punch, for templates; appliqué scissors, for grading seam allowances; 5" scissors, 4 1/2" buttonhole scissors, for controlled cutting and clipping curves; curved embroidery scissors, for trimming off thread ends; snip-a-stitch scissors, for undoing; curved manicure scissors, for cutting small curved areas; pinking shears; dressmaker's shears; Rotary cutters in various sizes, and with a pinking and a scallop blade; a rotary point cutter.
3. Measuring tools
Of course, a tape measure and a small marking ruler are givens. In addition, these tools are useful for cutting and straightening fabric, for pressing accurate hems, and for altering patterns.

Pressing bars, 1/8" to 1/2", for accurate hems; drafting ruler; 6" square and 6 x 12" rulers; a 12 or 15" square-up ruler.

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