List Of Essentials That You Must Have In Your Sewing Kit
If you want to learn how to sew, it is important to know what sort of tools you’ll be needing to help you learn. Now there’s a wide array of sewing tools in the market, and if you are uninformed about them, it may be difficult to handpick which ones you will need the most and which ones will prove to be more of a nuisance. If you are a first-timer in the practice of sewing, initially limit yourself to the basic tools. And when you have reached a more advanced level, you can supplement your toolbox further.
It is advisable to buy tools made from high-quality material from the get-go. After all, these are the basic tools needed in everyday sewing. Needless to say, if you take care of these materials, they are sure to last you a couple of years, to say the least. Again, begin with just the simple, basic set and as you take more advanced steps in your sewing practice, you can add on other materials with a particular function.
To start, here are some of the must-have sewing tools generally recommended for a beginner:
It is recommended that each beginner starts with at least three pairs of scissors. Of course, the first pair’s sole function is to cut fabric and nothing else. Do not use it to cut anything other than fabric. Make sure to buy the highest quality pair you can afford. In this day and age, the price of any given product usually dictates its efficiency so that the more expensive it is, the more efficient it is. An efficient pair of scissors will cut your fabric without much effort. Thus, these types of scissors are less energy-draining and are safer to use. So from the start, invest in a high-quality pair.
Every beginner sewing kit needs three pairs of scissors. Now, how about when you need to snip some threads or to clip particular slim lines and curves. This is where the second pair comes in which has to be smaller with sharp points. The first set will be way bigger for it to maneuver these kinds of tasks.
Last but not the least, the third pair should be your school or office scissors, one you probably already own. These scissors are used for anything other than cutting fabric or threads so your dressmaker shears would not be compromised.
2. Seam ripper
Upon purchasing a brand new sewing machine, a seam ripper should typically be included in the package. This particular item will suffice in your day-to-day sewing. But if you think it is not sufficient, then you can buy a better one. Generally, it is advisable to purchase a seam ripper that is extremely sharp and has an easy, restful grip.
3. Sewing pins
The function of pins is mainly for holding the fabric in place before sewing. When making patterns, it is very important for the fabric to stay fixed and pins are useful for that purpose. There are many types of pins in the market, and they can come in variable lengths and sizes, but it is advisable to purchase sewing pins that are extremely sharp and resistant to rust so that they may slide through your fabrics with minimal effort.
Glass head pins are usually very good at gliding through your fabric. They are the most bought type of sewing pins. Glass heads are resistant to heat when compared to the plastic ones. This is beneficial because when ironing your fabric they will not melt.
4. Measuring tools
The average length of your measuring tape should at least be sixty inches long. This is the most typical length used by dressmakers. Other tools you will be needing would be a metal sewing gauge that spans six inches (with a sliding bar to assess particular increments) and a few transparent rulers that span at least eighteen inches long.
5. Marking tools
Marking tools are used for making patterns on your fabric. There are many marking tools out there and the type of marking tool to be used is usually dictated by the kind of project you are about to take on. For hard fabrics like cotton, the easiest method is by using a tracing paper. Simply put the paper between two layers of fabric under your designed patters and then trace the lines using a tracing wheel. This wheel will convey the markings onto the fabric. For soft fabrics, pens and chalks are your best options.
The problem with these pens is that, depending on the type you use, the markings may either dissolve easily or permanently stay there. So it is better to use chalks instead which are particularly useful for soft fabric such as fleece. They tend to work great on dark-colored fabrics. The so-called tailor’s chalk is the most common type of chalk, but they may also come in pencil form. Tailor’s chalk is important in making temporary but not easily dissolved markings on your fabric.