Whether you’re a beginner, or an expert – every sewing enthusiast should have the same basic essentials in their sewing kit. I’m talking the things that are necessary for most sewing projects, the things you would find in every sewer’s basket.
Read on to see if you have all of the things on the list, and if you would have anything to add to it!
– A good pair of fabric shears. And use them for fabric only! Have a pair of other scissors for paper and whatnot.
– Pinking shears
-Little thread clipper scissors
– Tailors chalk / fabric pencil / fabric marker
– Seam ripper (because even an experienced sewer still makes mistakes all the time!)
– Seam gauge. Good for measuring an even hem, and spacing between buttons.
– Clear plastic ruler
– Thread. Usually (unless you are doing a decorative topstitch) your thread should match the color of your fabric.
– Tape measure
– Hand sewing needles
– Pins. There are different types and sizes of pins, usually according to the type of fabric they are used for. I have teo pictured – flat head and glass head pins. A lot of people prefer the glass head pins, because they are easier to see and handle.
– A good pin cushion. Maybe a DIY? :)
A FEW EXTRA TIPS AND TRICKS
– A bingo magnetic wand. I use this to pick up all those pins that scattered around during a project. And it really saves time when all of the pins spill!
– Tweezers. These come in handy a lot more than you think. Whether it be getting into the little nooks of your machine, helping you with threading, etc. They can really help!
– Beeswax. Run your thread through the beeswax before you start hand sewing. It will keep it from knotting up and snagging.
–Fray check. Prevents fraying, obviously. Really useful for machine made buttonholes.
– Hem tape. For quick and easy hemming.
FOR YOUR MACHINE
– Needles. Again, they come in all different sizes and fabric types. The most basic ones you should have, in my opinion, are Universal, Knit Ball Point, and Twin Needle.
– Basic presser foot
– Zipper presser foot (there are so many more specialty presser feet you can get. But these are the two most basic you should have!)
– Tiny little screwdrivers. Sometimes things come loose and need basic fixing. Best to have these handy.
And those are the basics!
Is there anything else that you consider to be an essential part of your sewing kit?