Corset class – tools of the trade


Adorable photo of sewing pins by Split Yarn

So along with some unusual notions, you’ll also need some specific tools for making your corset.  Most of these, if you sew, you likely already have, while others might be new to you.

  • Sewing machine – it needs to be able to do a straight stitch.  You don’t need anything fancy here.  If it’s been a while since you have used it, you may need to have it serviced or simply give it a good cleaning and oiling.
  • Iron  – a full-sized iron, preferably with a narrow pointed tip.
  • Mini-iron – optional, to make it easier to get into those tight places
  • Pressing ham – not at all optional – but you can make an impromptu one if needed.
  • Grommet setter – I’ll have a post on grommets soon for more information.
  • Awl – you can use an ice-pick in a pinch
  • Chalk or other marking tool
  • Hole punch – in a variety of sizes – you can use the hammer method or the rotary punch method
  • Scissors, pins, needles – all the things you need to sew with.
  • Tape, ruler, measuring tape, extra paper – all the things you’ll need to adjust your pattern with

You may also need:

  • Needle-nose pliers
  • A zipper repair kit (really you might just need the fold-over top stoppers).


If you want more information about any of these tools, let me know.  I’ll be talking about how you’ll use them in upcoming posts!

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