Let's check the basic tools for bojagi making.
There is a story about a lady's 7 friends in Korea. A ruler, a pair of scissors, a needle, a spool of thread, a small iron, an iron, a thimble are arguing about who is the best friend of a lady in the house for sewing. They all insisted "I am the best friend of my lady because~"
“Without me, who can measure and know if it's too long or too short? But I have to cut precisely. If I am not fast, how can you make small and big stitches? But you can finish stitching without me! without my support, our lady's finger gets tired soon. I make small seams look just nice as glued together. But you only help a small part. I get rid of all the wrinkles from the costume....... “
when I make bojagi, my friends are-
Scissors- 8" fabric scissors are my favorite and I only use this for cutting fabrics.
4" Embroidery scissors are good to trim off threads.
Needles- Thin, sharp needle is good for silk fabrics.
These are ones in my sewing box but any brand of a sharp needle with a small eye will work.
Crown- long and sharp needle 42.4 x 0.56 mm
Clover- gold eye applique no.10 (33.3x0.46 mm)
John James -quilting needle size 10
Bohin -longues sharp no.10
Bohin - ½ longues/Grand chas, Betweens/Big eye no.10
Tulip- 33.3 x 0.56 mm
Jeana Kimball’s Foxglove Cottage-Sharp needles size 9
Sue Daley-milliners needles size 9 (bigger eye)
Pins- Fine or extra sharp pins are good for thin silk fabrics. Extra-long pins are good for Bakjwi (bat) making.
Threads- #50 silk threads are good for silk bojagi. #30 and #16 are thicker threads and good for decorative stitches.
#40, #50 cotton threads are good for ramie, hemp, linen, and cotton bojagi making.
Ruler- 3" x18", 4" x8" grid rulers are my favorite, but you can try different sizes, too.
Iron and an ironing board- I keep my Bojagi iron from everyday iron. I like the cordless iron with the heating dock.
Thimble- Protects your fingers from work.
And I have some new friends,
Rotary Cutter- Different sizes by blade size. 27mm blade is good for smaller or finer fabrics but 45mm is fine to use, too. Change a blade when it skips cutting fabric.
Cutting mat- 12" x18" is good for starting.
Hera marker- This is a very useful tool that you will use all the time. This will make a crease on the fabric and you can use it to fold and sew fabrics.
Fabric pencil- Fabric pencils that erase with water.