When you begin any new hobby you’re bound to get bombarded with tons of advice as to what tools you need. The truth is that most basic sewing tools you need aren’t that expensive and have been around for centuries! Here’s a basic overview of the must have sewing tools to get you started on your sewing journey. No fancy items here – just the straight forward things your need to sew most items!
So here’s a list of the must have sewing tools you’ll want in your sewing kit:
Cutting shears – Raise your right hand and repeat after me “These scissors shall only touch fabric”. To keep you scissors sharp longer only use them on fabric for perfect pattern cutting. (These are the scissors I love).
Craft/ paper scissors – Ok these scissors can cut paper. french ribbon, other stuff besides fabric. (These are the best for crafting and paper cutting etc.)
Rotary cutter, ruler and mat – Ok last cutting item I promise – but these are really useful for quickly cutting clean line and this is a must have for quilters. (These are the items that I use everyday)
Measuring tape – the emblem of the sewist. This flexible tape is perfect for measuring bodies or things with curves.Seam Allowance measure – this handy little sliding ruler is perfect for making sure that your pinning, or sewing at the right seam allowance. (And you can get them in a bunch of fun colors)
Seam ripper – It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been sewing you will mess up. Keep this near and be sure to replace it every so often so it’s sharp. (If you’re still using the same seam ripper that came with your 30 year old sewing machine, it’s time to replace it).
Washi tape – Admittedly your grandma probably didn’t have this in her sewing kit but I love it to mark off the seam allowance on my machine – especially for projects that have multiple seam allowances. (And it’s pretty).