Any post on the basics of sewing wouldn’t be complete without a rundown on the most important tools you absolutely need to have if you’re going to take up sewing as a hobby.
In this blog post, I am going to do you a favor and give you a list of the most important sewing tools.
1. The Sewing Machine
You will find lots of sewing machines in different types and in different price ranges. If you are only starting, you don’t need a professional model with all the bells and whistles. I’ve been sewing for some time now and the machine that I’ve been using was something that my mother gave me as a graduation gift – a Janome DC2007LE.
What I love about my machine is that it’s very easy to use. Most sewing machines have free sewing training included which I recommend that you use.
Also, don’t forget to read the manual as it has some good information on dealing with some common troubleshooting. Sew Far Sew Good is a good site to check if you are looking to buy your first ever sewing machine.
2. Tape Measure
I don’t have an opinion on which one to use. I think any tape measure is as good as any, so, just buy one. You will look really professional if you drape it over your neck while you’re working. *wink*
3. Tailor’s Chalk
Tailor’s chalk is greater than a marking pencil. Its mark practically lasts forever. But I’ve been told to use highlighters and pens as marking tools. Anyway, for me tailorís chalk is still the best.
The sewing machine, tailor’s chalk and tape measure are really just some of tools that you’ll need if you want to set up a sewing workshop at home. Other things you will need are pins, seam gauge, seam ripper, and, most important, are a great pair of scissors.
I stress the term “great” because I have used crappy scissors before and they’re not good. I’ve committed to a set of top quality Fiskars scissors simply because they were nice heavy, sharp, and less expensive than Ginghers.
5. Seam ripper
Your seam ripper is another item that needs to be great. Whenever you create a sewing mistake, which is bound to happen, you’ll become fast friends and enemies with your seam ripper. You donít want to spend too much of your time undoing the seams with a bad seam ripper.
When it comes to undertaking an actual sewing project, you want to start with the basics.
Novice sewers are practically required to make their token pillows and other simple-to-make items to master the basics.
When I first started out, I thought I could jump right to making a t-shirt for my son. I was wrong.
I have learned that it is better to watch a video on Youtube or any place on the internet a lot of times and creating some muscle memory to get the stitches right is another story.
After about a few tries, I decided to go back to the basics and got to know my sewing machine and how it actually works. I suggest you do the same.
When working on sewing machine has become second nature to you, it becomes much, much easier to move on to the next sewing project.
Where Should You Learn Sewing?
You can do it online or you can sign up for classes at a local trade school. Obviously, each option has its set of advantages and disadvantages. I like the convenience of online classes, but I also like it that I get to meet people when I go to class. But thatís just me. If you sign up for online classes, you absolutely need to make sure that the class you sign up for has forums section where you can ask questions and learn from others who are more advanced than you.
Good luck on your sewing journey. Please hit me up on the comment section if you have some questions.