Quick Tip: Basic Sewing Kit
Beginners, here’s a list of the top ten basic supplies you should have in your Sewing Box before beginning that next project.
The old adage that the “Right tools can make any job easier” is especially true when it comes to sewing. The right scissors, or needles can determine how professional your project will look once it’s completed.
If you are new to sewing you may be wondering where to start. Sure you have a sewing machine, fabric and tons of enthusiasm, but before you make a single cut, make sure that you have these basic items on hand to make the job easier.
Ready to build a basic sewing kit? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Tape measure & Straight edge Ruler- For measuring proper cutting lengths.
- General purpose Scissors – For cutting out patterns and general use.
- Pinking Shears
– Perfect for adding a zig zag edge to fabrics which tend to fray.
- Sewing Needles & Needle threader
- Beeswax – A wax coating strengthens thread and prevents tangling during hand-sewing. I always apply a bit of beeswax to my thread prior to attaching buttons by hand.
- Fabric Glue – Todays’s fabric adhesives can easily become the workhorse of your sewing room. Need to quickly repair a hem? Well just grab some iron-on hem tape. And just a drop of Fray Check can prevent the threads on your favorite trim from unraveling (this is seriously good stuff!)
- Seam Ripper – when you need to remove mis-placed stitches. Even and expert sewer makes mistakes, and this little tool makes taking your seams apart much easier.
- Fabric Marking Pen and Pencil – Use pencils, tailors chalk or vanishing markers to draw temporary cutting or dart lines on fabric project pieces
- Pin Cushion – I use glass pins when I sew and have a decorative pin cushion handy to keep my work area neat & tidy.