Learning to use a sewing machine can be quite a daunting business with all of the new terms and the plethora of sewing paraphernalia available. Let Moonbow Fabrics guide you through the basic tools needed to start your sewing journey.
1. Fabric Scissors
2. Tape Measure
If you’re making for growing children or even for yourself, you’ll need to measure to get the correct sizing. Some measures only have centimetres or inches printed on them, so it’s a good idea to choose one with both. That way you’re covered whatever measurements your pattern uses. Most UK sewing patterns tend to use inches and centimetres, European ones use centimetres and American ones tend to use inches.
Pins are designed for holding your cut out fabrics together so they’re ready to sew. There are actually lots of variations of pins – large headed ones for easy gripping, glass head ones for using with an iron, blunt ones specifically for jersey – but whichever kind you develop a preference for, you’ll always need more than you think.
4. Pin Cushion
A pin cushion is the easiest place to keep all those pins – it’s surprisingly easy to loose pins and considering how small and sharp they are, it’s hard to spot them once they escape. Some people love an old fashioned pin cushion, some prefer a magnetic pin dish or a magnetic pad to attach to the side of a sewing machine, while some want their pins close at hand with either a wrist or hand pin cushion.
5. Fabric Marker
6. Thread Snips
7. Seam Ripper
To get started with your sewing machine you’ll need thread. Polyester thread is the strongest and most used particularly when sewing with stretch fabric. Most people use a thread that matches to the colour of fabric they’re using to hide the stitches. Or you could cut down on the number of colours you need by using white, cream or natural thread on light coloured fabrics; grey, black or navy thread on dark fabrics or rainbow thread if you sew with bright fabrics. Some sewing machines can be picky when it comes to brands of thread they’ll be happy using, but the most popular choices are COATS Moon thread which is a good all-round budget thread or Gütermann which is a high-quality but slightly more expensive alternative.
Find out more:
Sewing Kits and Essentials for Beginners: Everything You Need To Start https://www.gathered.how/sewing-and-quilting/sewing/what-sewing-supplies-do-i-need-a-beginners-guide/
Sewing for Beginners: Where to Start with Your First Sewing Kit https://www.contrado.co.uk/blog/sewing-for-beginners-sewing-kit/
Essential Sewing Kits for Beginners https://theseamanmom.com/sewing-kits-for-beginners/