Here is a list of essential sewing tools and equipment necessary to sew and a description of their uses and example photo.
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A Sewing Basket brings to mind an image of a fabric-covered or wicker box that belonged to your grandmother. It was filled with sharp and shiny things that she probably never let you touch. Everything looked so magical. Maybe, one time, she asked you to get her a needle or some thread from it and you took a glimpse into the magical world of fixing your ripped pants and replacing a lost button.
Here’s a breakdown list of the most essential tools you’ll need to get started sewing:
Sewing Basket Contents
There are just a few tools that you will need to get your sewing basket established. Wicker basket is optional.
A small slender metal tool with a sharp point on one end and a hole or “eye” on the other. A basic, starter sewing needle should be straight. I lay mine on the table and roll it a little to check that it’s not bent. A long needle is easier to manage when you’re first starting out.
A pair of scissors to cut thread and fabric. Sharp scissors will make life easier. A dedicated pair will make the world a better place.
There are two: Safety Pins and Straight pins. They are used to keep your fabric layers together, in place while you are sewing.Safety pins are looped and have a small housing for the sharp tip. These are great if you are working around kids or young pets. Safety pins are also ideal if you might need to store your uncompleted project before finishing.
Straight pins are a lot like sewing needles because they are straight and have one end that is sharp for going through fabric. The other end of the straight pin has a small block, like a tiny bulb or flat head, to keep the pin from going all the way though. This will help to keep your pin where you put it and help keep your fabric where you want it.
The last thing you want when you are sewing is to undo what you just did. But it’s okay, It happens all the time! Someone invented this great device to take out stitches faster than you can put them in. The seam ripper is a small handheld tool that has a metal “U” tip on the end of a handle. The little U-shaped end has a sharp tip for getting under thread and a blunt tip to keep fabric from catching on the other side. The base of the U-shape is a sharp blade to cut the thread.
You could use scissors to cut the stitches. But once you try a seam ripper, you’ll never go back. They make the painful act of undoing your work much easier and faster.
If you want to mark where your stitches will go or make other placement marks, then you’ll want to use a marking tool. Any washable marker will do, but there are a lot of tools made just for this purpose. Special fabric marking pens, pencils and markers are made to disappear with water, air, or laundering. Tailor’s chalk brushes off, but makes a boarder mark. To make a fine line that is easy to see, use a fine-tipped fabric marker.
A ruler or tape measure could be helpful in marking a straight line, or establishing symmetry in your project. Clear rulers show the contents under the ruler. Fabric tape measures bend to easily measure a neck, waist, or anything not flat.
These are the most basic sewing tools listed above. Here’s a quick check list:
- sewing needle
Although you really only need a needle and scissors to begin right away, this list of sewing tools will make getting started easier and simpler.
Let me know if you have any questions. I’d love to help you!