Have you experienced preparing a recipe for a family celebration, but only to find out that you lack the necessary ingredients needed? Of course, it doesn’t come out quite what you expected. Same with cooking, having the right tools is just one of the essential keys to successful sewing - let alone completing a particular project.
If you are to start completely from scratch, without a bit of information, your first shopping venture should at least come out like this:
- Enter a sewing section of your favorite retailer.
- Stare at the never-ending choices of sewing tools and accessories alike.
- Have second thoughts, get intimated and walk out.
Whether you believe it or not, things aren’t that complicated when it comes to sewing. In fact, you can create anything just by using two simple sets of tools: The Hand Sewing Kit and the Machine Sewing Kit. However, always remember that the two are needed for the best possible outcome.
The Hand Sewing Kit
Do you have those small travel kits? If so, those are the basics (i.e. pair of scissors, needles and threads in various colors). You need some few, fundamental extras for successful sewing projects. You can check them below.
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- Straight Pins
- Needles (Hand Sewing) & Threader
- Seam Ripper and Gauge
- Tape Measure
- Gridded Ruler
- Fabric Markers (Pens/Pencils)
Tip: There are pre-assembled sewing kits, which could include most of the items mentioned above, that you can check out at notions departments. It all comes in one convenient package!
Practice Hand Sewing Kit
By the time you get your hand sewing kit together, make an effort to practice hand sewing stitches. Some of these are used during both sewing and construction processes, while others are meant for finishing hems and seams. Once you get comfortable with the different stitch patterns, creating an actual garment will be a walk in the park.
The Machine Sewing Kit
First and foremost, you will need a sewing machine. It’ll be your weapon for this practice. Most machines come with several of the basics below. But, of course, there’s no harm in checking.
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- Sewing Machine
- Sewing Machine Needles
- Sewing Machine Oil
- Zipper Foot
- Presser Foot
- Small Brush
- Small Screwdriver
Tip: In the notions department, there are various pre-assembled maintenance kits that include machine oil, screwdriver, and brush. Go for the simple and fitting kit that is right for you!
Practice Machine Sewing
Once you have your sewing machine along with the accessories, practice some simple seams and seam finishes. This will help you get comfortable with your machine as well as its capabilities. Remember: The more you practice, the easier it will be in the long run. Sewing a garment together will just be a piece of cake!