The early days of sewing are about… Shopping! I’m Ok with that… You need to build a beginner sewing kit. It’s easy, most tutorials found online will tell you what you need. My early inspiration came from The Purl Bee, because their projects were easy and used beautiful fabrics. I did some research on where to find the tools I needed. I put together a list for beginners, these are the things I use all the time. All these notions are easy to find and reasonably priced, you don’t need to spend a fortune when you get started.
The very start of your Beginner Sewing Kit! I always have fun choosing colours and matching them to my fabric. Coloured thread can make a real difference to a project. I usually go to my local Lincraft, as I like to browse the colours. It’s important to choose quality thread, as I learned when I had my sewing machine serviced. Cheap thread is tempting but it creates a lot of fluff, and can clog up your machine quicker. I usually buy 100% polyester Gutermann thread.
These funny plastic little pieces hold the bottom thread in your sewing machine. You can start with a handful but when you build up your thread selection, it’s good to have a stash, so you don’t run out. Not all bobbins are the same, some are plastic, some are metal, and you need to choose ones that suit your sewing machine. Mine is a Brother.
Tailors Chalk is used to mark your fabric before cutting. Don’t forget to measure twice and cut once! There are various colours available, and it’s designed to be brushed off easily. Alternatively, you can use a water-soluble ink pen.
Sewing Machine Needles
As you progress, you will build a selection of sewing machine needles, depending on the weight of the fabric you are working with. The standard size is 14. I also use size 16 for heavier fabrics, fine needles and jeans needles. There are also special needles for jersey and knits. Choosing the right size is important, and you should change your needles regularly.
Also called a Quick Unpick, this is a highly necessary when you make mistakes. We all do. Put some music on, take your time unpicking the seams, and start over.
For my Beginner Sewing Kit, I have yet to invest in expensive fabric scissors but you need some large scissors to cut your fabric neatly, and small ones to cut thread. Only use them on fabric, never paper, and get them sharpened regularly.
It’s best for pins to be easily accessible and safely stored, it makes sense to get a pincushion. You can also make your own. I used a tutorial from Sew4Home.
Buttons and Fasteners
You can build quite a collection of buttons over time, and there are many types of fasteners. I always D rings in my sewing box because I keep going back to making Purl Soho’s Adjustable Unisex Apron. It was one my very first projects and it makes a great gift.
This is not an absolute for your Beginner Sewing Kit, but a number of my kitchen projects involved plain fabrics with a printed detail and I bought a bias maker early. It’s pretty handy to have. There are various sizes available and you need to have your iron handy.
I have a post to give you the encouragement you need to start sewing and answers to any questions you may have. Here is a list of sewing tools to help you along the way and some gift ideas to share around.
And if you are on Pinterest, I have a board with lots of sewing tips to help you out.
So, do you think this Beginner Sewing Kit will get you started? Please let me know if you would add anything else?