Everyone feels a little overwhelmed when they’re first putting together a beginner’s sewing kit. People don’t tend to think they need anything besides a sewing machine and a good pair of scissors. And while that’s not too far from the truth, at least when it comes to your first projects, you will definitely need a couple of extra tools that will make your life easier in the long run. Here’s what you’ll need to get started.
A quality seam ripper
It’s more than likely that your sewing machine included a seam ripper among its accessories, and if you’re comfortable with that one, you don’t need to go out and buy a new one. However, if the grip bothers you or if you feel that is not sharp enough, invest in a new quality ripper. This is one of the tools that you’ll be using a lot during your sewing career, so you want it to be top notch.
Good sharp scissors for fabric
These, along with your sewing machine, are the most important tool that you’ll own. With good quality scissors, you should be able to cut through any fabric without having to force the material. You need to be looking for dressmaker’s scissors and don’t be afraid to splurge. When it comes to scissors, the price often matches the quality. Be sure, though, to use them exclusively for cutting fabric, these should not be all-purpose scissors if you want them to last a really long time.
Smaller scissors for loose threads
The second set of scissors you need to get, are the smaller ones that you’ll need to keep next to your sewing machine. You’ll use them to easily nip threads, and clip loose ends close to the seams. As with your bigger scissors, you should use these exclusively for sewing.
Rulers and measuring tape
When it comes to rulers, stick to see through. You won’t believe how helpful they’ll be. As for measuring tapes, you don’t need anything that goes past 60”. If it’s longer than that it will be kind of hard to handle and it’s unlikely that you’ll be sewing anything that big in the beginning.
This will be immensely helpful while you are still learning how to properly sew a straight line. Even if you’ve already mastered it, a coloured tape will give you that extra insurance. Get a thin roll and keep it right next to your sewing machine you’ll be thankful for it next time you want to get a straight line in no time.
Strong glass head pins
When you first go shopping for supplies you’ll see all kinds of pins. Always keep in mind that you need the ones that can move smoothly through most of the materials you use. Glass head pins are the most reliable, they can glide through almost any fabric that you may use, and they can stand the heat of an iron.