I always thought that I wouldn’t learn very much when I got out of college, almost like I would be on automatic mode from all the things I had learned before. Now I know how wrong that was and how much I’ve really learned from other people or just from trial and error. Sewing was kind of one of those. I’ve made a lot of things which didn’t turn out quite like I had planned but those helped me to learn a better way of doing things. But before you can get sewing, you need some important tools so here is my list of 15 Essential Sewing Tools to get you started on your new hobby!
- Needles – Not only will you need some hand needles, but sewing machine needles are great to have on hand in case one of them breaks! There are some projects that are much easier to finish off by hand and for that reason I like to have a set of embroidery needles around.
- Thread – It can be super frustrating when you have the fabric to make a project but don’t have enough or the right color of thread. Start out by getting the basic colors and a few other shades you know you’ll use. Then you won’t have to dash to the store to get more right in the middle of a project.
- Pins – Who knew there could be so many sizes of pins? I didn’t! There are small pins which leave only a small hole of where it was. I use those on smaller projects. Then there are pins with a bigger pinhead and I like to use them when I have multiple thick layers together. If you get a variation you should be fine.
- Magnetic Pin holder – I’ve tried the container and finally picked up one of these and haven’t looked back. It’s so nice to easily grab the pins rather than having to dig into a baby food container for what you need. Plus it’s a little easier to pick them up in case you accidentally hit them off your sewing table!
- Extra bobbin cases – These are always nice to have. If I have a bunch of new thread, I don’t have to worry about what bobbin to put them on because I already have some empty ones. I also like to have two white thread bobbins because I use that the most and it cuts back on my down time when I’m out of the one.
- Fabric Scissors – My mom always talked about having fabric scissors and regular craft ones but I didn’t quite get it until I started sewing. It’s one of those things you don’t want to have to mess with because cutting things out shouldn’t be an annoying task!
- Seam Ripper – Have you ever tried to unpick something with a pair of scissors? It’s not fun! You end up moving your arm way more than you should and get tired much faster. A seam ripper is simple, easy and makes the work go by so much better!
- Fabric Marker – I love using a fabric marker for the fact that after I’ve sewn all of the places I need to, the marks disappear. They do dry out somewhat fast so maybe get an extra to have on hand.
- Flexible Measuring Tape – I love having one of these around! It rolls up so it takes little space plus I use it all over the house, even to measure if I’m making progress in my weight loss goals!
- Rotary Cutter – I invested in one of these (with a coupon, of course) when I first started sewing. The cutter along with the next two on my list are things that I love so much I would probably not do as much without them. It makes it so you don’t have to cut with scissors while trying to keep multiple layers together.
- Rotary Mat – This one can be expensive depending on how big you go but I thing that one of the bigger ones will serve your needs better, unless you cut a lot of small things for quilts and such. I started with a small one just because I didn’t want to spend the money at first. I then got a bigger one for Christmas one year from my parents and I wouldn’t go back! There is so much that you can do, big or small, with it.
- Rotary Ruler – These come in all shapes and sizes. I have a small triangle and square one that I tried to make do for a while until I got the longer one. It’s nice having the longer one now because I don’t have to hold the spot and them move it over and over.
- Iron – I’m not a huge fan of ironing usually but it makes a big difference in the look of a lot of sewing projects. Get one that has a good amount of steam to help your project go a little bit faster.
- Loop turner – I use this all the time for small tubes that I need to turn inside out. When the pieces are very skinny, it makes it much easier than slowly working it’s way out.
- Sewing Machine – This might be an obvious choice but it sure beats hand sewing a lot of things. You can also find a machine for just about every need so if you know you only need it for basic repairs and small projects, you can get one for that. If you are sewing constantly, it might be better to save up and buy one that is a little bit more heavy duty. I gave a lot of suggestions in this post on Things to Consider When Buy a Sewing Machine so check it out if you’re in the market for one!
Bonus: Sewing Caddy – Get a little box to organize all of these tools so that you can find them when you get started on your next project!
What is your favorite sewing tool?