Let’s talk about the basic sewing essentials you will need as a new sewer.
I get asked all the time what basic sewing essentials I would recommend for a new sewer to use. I have put together a list of basic sewing equipment that you will need to get started. You don’t need to buy too many things to get started as you will soon see below.
This post is for complete beginners who have no idea what they need to start sewing. All items mentioned in the video lesson are listed in the kit below.
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BASIC SEWING ESSENTIALS FOR A NEW SEWER VIDEO:
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I get asked all the time what sewing machine I use and what ones I would recommend. My sewing machine is a basic Brother GS2510, which I have had for over 13 years. It may be discontinued in the USA so I have added this similar option from Brother, which is also great!
One of the most important tools will be your fabric shears. You will want to get a decent pair that will last you a long time as they will be able to cut through all types of fabrics easily. Quality means you can sharpen the blades and continue to get lots of use out of your shears.
My Tip: Don’t ever cut out paper with your fabric shears as this blunts the blades!
Grab yourself some spools of black and white thread to start. You can sew using white thread on lighter colours and black thread on the darker colour fabrics. When you come round to sewing specialty colours buy them as you go to make sure the colours match rather than having lots of expensive threads just sitting around your sewing room.
Sewing pins are my most essential item, I use them all the time to help me with accuracy. You can pin your paper patterns to fabric and also use them while you are sewing to help hold pieces in place. There are cheap packs of pins around but I recommend getting a pack of good quality ones. The tips on them are sharp and they won’t snag your fabrics.
You will need a tape measure to help you figure out your body measurements if you are planning to sew for yourself. You will also find it helpful for tutorials like mine where I often use a tape measure to cut out pattern pieces rather than use patterns like in this Wrap Skirt tutorial. You may also want to measure out curtains or duvet cover projects. These are cheap so I suggest getting a few to keep on hand.
There is nothing more annoying than getting halfway through a seam to find out your bobbin is empty. You can keep a pack of machine bobbins on hand to pre-fill, ready for your sewing projects. These are cheap and some come with handy cases to keep things nice and organised.
SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES
When you first begin sewing you will probably break a few needles, I definitely did! Grabbing a few packs of universal machine needles is a great idea so you have them on hand and if one does break then you are able to change it and continue sewing quickly.
Paperweights are a really great tool for cutting accuracy. It can be hard to see under your pattern pieces and if you are pinning paper patterns to fabric sometimes weird folds can occur when you are lifting things up and about. Using paperweights allows you to keep your pattern and fabric nice and flat which you can then chalk on to your fabric to cut out.
This is something I have learned the hard way! This works for me but pins may be the easiest choice for you just do whatever you feel is right.
SEWING EXTRAS FOR WHEN YOU FEEL CONFIDENT
I have added some extra equipment below that is helpful but not entirely necessary when you first start learning to sew. If you find that sewing is a skill you would like to pursue I definitely recommend the equipment below.
Pressing your garments is a real game-changer for the quality of your sewing. I find that this adds a huge difference to my garments, sometimes things just look too homemade but pressing at all stages of your sewing can really improve this. Most households already have an iron, which will be perfect for sewing too.
ROTARY CUTTER & CUTTING MAT
A rotary cutter is one of my favourite tools. You can cut out projects really quickly especially if you are wanting to quilt or make smaller projects like purses or cushions. This is more of an advanced extra for when you really get into sewing as you will also require the cutting mat to protect your surfaces.
A serger is the special machine that creates the stitching you find on the edges of seams. You will find the majority of the clothing you have purchased will have overlocking. Investing in a serger is a great idea once you start to get more advanced with your sewing skills. It will allow you to quickly neaten up your projects and get them looking super professional.
And that’s it! You really just need the bare basics when you are learning to sew and even beyond that.
In my next lesson, I will be going through how to thread up and use a sewing machine.