There is a smart way to purchase sewing supplies. First determine who is sewing and what they are making. Start with the basics, then move on. The list of supplies can be endless, but you can begin with just a few.
The following is a guide to purchasing beginning sewing supplies.
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For the absolute beginner, I recommend only a few items:
- A sewing machine like the beginner Janome Mini Sewing Machine
- A basic sew kit like the Dritz Start-To-Sew Kit
- Ball point glass head pins (the pins in the sew kit are inferior)
- Some beginning sewing tutorials like my free Learn To Sew PDFs
- Some fabric or Pre-Cut Sew Kits
As you learn to sew, the supplies can expand just a bit for more function and fun:
- The Loop Turner is great for making straps, tote handles, or pulling ribbons through a casing.
- A Point Turner and Seam Creaser is great for poking out corners after turning projects.
- Rotary Cutter Set with a mat, ruler and 45mm cutter.
- A smaller 28mm Rotary Cutter is a great addition.
- A good pair of sewing sheers like my favorite Mundial Freestyle.
- Pink Pins
- Pink Wonder Clips
- Festive Washi Tape
- Fun Glass Mason Jars.
Not as fun, but necessary:
- Needles always wear out (or break) so always have on hand a variety pack of sewing machine needles.
- When the rotary cutter blades wear out, its great to have Rotary Cutter Replacement Blades.
As creativity in clothing begins, a designer needs a few more things:
- A dress form with adjustments for growing bodies like the Dritz Twin-Fit Dress Form
- A sewing machine that can sew more like this Singer
- A bolt of muslin is perfect for the designer