Sewing Essentials: 11 Things You May Need to Get Sewing

April 27, 2021

needle and thread

Have you fallen in love with sewing over quarantine? 

If you've ever walked into the sewing aisle of a sewing or craft shop, you've seen a wide range of sewing equipment, from the most basic to the most advanced. That's enough to make a novice nervous.

There's no need to get puzzled by all of the new information. Many people have shown interest in learning to sew while practicing social distancing during the pandemic. Make sure you have these simple sewing tools and know how to use them before spending all of your money on expensive, flashy sewing devices and accessories. These products will assist you in getting started, completing sewing lessons, and tackling beginner-friendly sewing projects. We have the tips you need to get started, whether you want to keep your hands occupied while sitting at home or learn how to sew cloth masks.


PINS, PIN CUSHION, OR MAGNETIC PIN DISH

  • PINS

When you drop pins on the floor, the tiny plastic beads on the top make it easier to locate them with your eyes rather than your feet. Get a lot of pins, even if you don't think you'll ever need them, because you will. When matching seams and notches, the more pins you use, the smoother and straighter your seam would be. Experienced sewists in the fashion industry simply keep the pieces together and sew away very quickly!

  • PINCUSHION

A pincushion is a helpful tool for keeping your pins sorted and close at hand. You might also hold your pins in a metal pot like an old mint box.

  • MAGNETIC DISH

A magnetic bowl will keep pins from spilling out all over the place. If you've put the pins in the dish, they won't come out unless you pick them up.


SCISSORS

  • SEWING SCISSORS

It's essential to have a decent pair of scissors. When scissors get rusty, they will chew up the fabric, and cutting even the smallest piece of fabric will take a long time. The edges would also be jagged. There are general-purpose scissors and sewing shears with unique functions. Never use the scissors you purchase for your sewing room for anything else. Do not use them to cut plastic, paper, cardboard, hair, rubber bands, trim flowers, cut your dog's fur. They're just good for one thing: cutting cloth. If you cut something else with those scissors, they will not cut fabric smoothly. As long as the scissors are for cutting cloth, any brand would suffice. You may use colored tape or ribbon on the handles of your fabric scissors to identify them.

  • GENERAL-USE SCISSORS

Keep general-purpose shears on hand to cut materials that aren't fabrics, such as metallic trims, zippers, or even paper and plastic, in addition to sewing scissors. This will help you keep your sewing shears in good condition.


TAPE MEASURE

A tape measure is a vital sewing tool that you should keep in your sewing tool organizer at all times. It's a versatile ruler used to measure people's measurements. Measuring twice before cutting and then again before stitching helps keep seams straight and smooth, whether you're making a quilt, a tote bag, or an apron. 

In addition to the indispensable tape measure, a transparent ruler is handy when drafting a pattern and incorporating seam allowances.


MARKING TOOLS

  • MARKING PEN

After cutting the fabric, you'll need to trace the pattern's dots, notches, and darts onto the fabric. To make the marks, you'll need a type of marking pen that can be washed away with water. This aids in the matching of seams and the completion of your garments or crafts. Disappearing ink pens can be found in art shops. After a certain amount of time, the ink can evaporate, or you may wipe it away with a damp cloth.

  • TAILOR'S CHALK

Sewers use tailor's chalks to make a temporary marking on fabrics to use as a reference for darts, seams, and/or tracing cloth patterns. You may use this chalk to transfer stitch lines, darts, and other pattern markings to your fabric. Tailor's chalk is available in various colors and in the form of a pencil or a chip with tapered edges. Before labeling your pieces, test them on your fabric. When you rub it with your finger, it should disappear. If the marking persists, make sure to mark the fabric's wrong side.


NEEDLES

Sewing machine needles are not the same as hand-sewing needles. The number of sewing needles available in craft stores can surprise you. There are various needle styles and sizes that fit best for different types of fabric, in addition to hand sewing needles and sewing machine needles.

  • HAND-SEWING NEEDLES

Hand-sewing needles are used to sew by hand. Make it a point to practice threading a needle. Use the finest needle when stitching delicate fabrics like silk to avoid leaving gaps in the material. If you're going to sew small beads onto your creation, you'll need a very fine needle. To test it, simply push the needle through the bead. The thread thickness determines the size of the eye.

  • SEWING-MACHINE NEEDLES

When you're learning, you may do stuff that breaks needles. If you have two or three sets of sewing machine needles on hand, you won't be disappointed if you run out in the middle of a project. The majority of sewing experts advise beginning a project with new sewing machine needles. Broken threads are often blamed for tension or other machine problems when the problem is the needle. As a general rule, the bigger the needle, the heavier the fabric.


THREADS

If you're just getting started with your sewing kit, two or three spools of white, black, gray, and beige threads should suffice. Don't buy something too cheap. It will break if you sew too quickly or if your machine's tension isn't just right. It will also pill up and form little lint balls next to your needle, which can cause your sewing machine needle to break. 

You can use either a 37% cotton/67% polyester thread or a 100% polyester thread. It's silky smooth and doesn't snap as quickly as cotton. If you're unsure what to purchase, ask a fabric store clerk what thread is appropriate for the project or type of fabric you're purchasing.


SEAM RIPPER

A seam ripper is a tool for removing unwanted stitches from a sewing project without damaging it. Using scissors to tear a seam may cause the fabric to be damaged. The seam ripper slides between the layers of fabric and precisely snip the thread. A seam ripper may also remove buttons, tear out zippers, and cut buttonholes open, in addition to ripping out improperly sewn seams. Get a few of them.


BOBBINS

Sewing machines have bobbins, which are a vital component. They come in a variety of types made of various materials. Bobbins feed the thread through the back of stitches. Wind the bobbin and position it below the needle to feed the stitch's bottom thread. Before you begin your project, make it a practice to wind two bobbins of thread. With just a minute to wind the second bobbin, you can save yourself a headache.


IRON AND IRONING BOARD

These are to press the fabric, press seams open, press hems, and so on from beginning to end. It's a good idea to iron your material first before cutting it to eliminate wrinkles and avoid incorrect cutting that could jeopardize your project. The precision of the cut determines how well a garment fits. Seams and hems must be ironed open before stitching when assembling the pattern parts. 

After you've finished your piece of clothing, iron the seams to give it a clean, professional look. Make sure the iron's heat is set to the fabric you're using. It can leave a mark if the temperature is too high for the material. 


SEWING MACHINE

Purchase the best sewing machine you can. You can get a cheap sewing machine for simple sewing activities, usually repairing torn seams, hemming skirts and dress trousers, and light crafts. You'll need a higher-quality sewing machine if you want to learn to sew and make clothes for yourself and your family. Nothing is more frustrating for a beginner sewer (or anyone) than having to struggle and fight with their computer just to get it to do simple tasks.

Ensure the machine can stitch several layers of fabric and have a heavy-duty machine if you want to sew denim or hem jeans. It must have at least a few simple and zig-zag stitches, as well as the ability to sew buttonholes. If you're not sure what to get, go to a shop that specializes in sewing machines. They will assist you in making a decision.


SEWING TABLE

People who work from home may be unaware that they are endangering their health. Sewing when sitting has the same health and well-being risks as other seated tasks, such as working at a desk for long periods. The human body is wreaked with havoc by poor posture and lack of movement. Furthermore, the growing demand for height-adjustable standing tables in the sewing industry provides you with a new opportunity to offer a valuable solution to a broad demographic.

Sewing while seated can lead to a variety of issues. The effects can last a long time, depending on how much time a person spends at a sewing machine. The following are what could happen when you sew while sitting:

  • Seated sewing can put a strain on the back, resulting in immediate discomfort.

  • Sitting for long periods can lead to disease.

  • The knees can be affected by constantly standing up and down for supplies.

But what about sewing while standing?

  • You may find an immediate reduction in back strain due to having complete control over how high your machine and supplies stand, mainly if you use a height-adjustability feature. This feature will allow them to build the most comfortable possible positioning.

  • Standing with a height-adjustable sewing table eliminates the need to get up and down for supplies around the room. Also, you can use this function to level a wide workspace with several tables. Standing in a good posture is easier on the knees and makes craft time more relaxed and satisfying.

  • A sewing table user's well-being is improved with sewing when standing by helping them to burn more calories and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.


FINAL

Remember that at first, less is enough. Get the essential sewing tools you'll need to get started, then expand your set as you gain experience.



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