We often post deals on sewing machines because they are truly a great way to save money on all types of items from pillows to curtains to clothes to costumes. Learning to sew is not as hard as you think and whether you’re just starting or can stitch in your sleep, there are basic accessories and tools you’ll reach for regularly. Here’s a short list for creating a starter kit for yourself or tp give it as a gift- it is a great skill to teach your kiddos!
Starter kit Must-Haves
Fabric- Decide what type of sewing—fashion, quilting—you think interests you most, and buy the appropriate fabric. Start with a couple yards of fashion fabric or a stack of fat quarters. (A fat quarter is a one-fourth yard cut of fabric that usually measures 18″ x 22″).
Pin cushion- These cute little cushions often come with a dangling attachment that sharpens and removes rust from pins and needles. Some clip on to your wrist for handy access.
Fabric Scissors- Also known as fabric shears, are equipped with very sharp edges and specially designed to cleanly slice through fabric fibers. Large shears are great for cutting lengths of fabric, while small fabric scissors (sometimes called snips) are used for smaller detailed work and cutting. You’ll want to reserve these tools for fabric only, since using them on paper will dull the blade.
Seam ripper- Even experts stumble on a seam now and again and beginners know the experience quite well. Luckily, a seam ripper will give you a do-over—as many times as you need it.
Soft tape measure/ruler- From checking a hem to checking your waistline, a measuring tool is a must-have. For fashion sewing, choose a soft tape measure that will wrap around curves and fall to the floor with ease. For quilting, you can use either a ruler or soft tape measure—but guess which one we have a soft spot for?
Ball head pins- These versatile, must-have pins are perfect for securing fabric to fabric, so there’s no slippage when you run it all through the machine. For fashion, use them to pin a pattern to fabric before cutting.
Thread- You don’t need a vast selection of thread colors. Start with neutrals like white, black and cream. You’ll use these colors frequently, so buy larger spools if your machine can fit them.
Universal needles- No matter which thread or stitch you choose, universal needles will be your go-to for everyday projects. With use, needles will eventually dull or break, so always keep a stash of these hard-working essentials on-hand.