Let’s buck the notion that beginning sewing supplies are expensive and will take an entire room to store. Consult the list, and let your intuition be your guide. Also, don’t be intimidated at the notions store — if you can’t find, ask them to take you to it! There are two options on this page: Read the Basic Supplies List below, or save/print a PDF of the List. Please note: besides extra bobbins, this list does not discuss equipment such as machines or irons.
The SoundStitches Basic Sewing Supply List
|Basic Sewing Supply Item||What’s it used for?|
|Carrying box||Store your stuff, tidy up when done for the day|
|Lined notebook||Get organized, avoid re-measuring|
|Techniques book with lots of photos, such as Complete Photo Guide to Sewing||More detailed reference on just about everything sewing-related|
|Soft tape measure, seam gauge||Tape measure: Body measurements, ensure pattern is laid out “on grain”; Seam gauge: Hemming|
|8” fabric-cutting shears, seam ripper||Accurate cutting specially-made for fabric; Quickly remove stitching mistakes — and all sewers make mistakes!|
|Glass head pins||Pin pattern to fabric. Glass head pins won’t melt under a hot iron|
|Pincushion||Easy access to pins|
|Marking pen, tailor’s chalk or other marking pencil, hand needles, embroidery floss||All of these are used to secure pattern markings on fabric or mark lengths of fabric|
|Thread, extra bobbins||Thread: Use in both needle and bobbin. Good quality thread won’t break. Bobbins: Research your machine’s type online|
|8” pinking shears, optional||Use to finish a raw woven fabric edge|
Here’s the SoundStiches_Blog_BasicSewingSuppliesList — in PDF format.
And don’t forget to shop local if you can. Some smaller stores specialize in fabric, not notions, so maybe a big box store is the place to purchase your basic notions, then dream away at the local shops — so many lovely fabrics, so little time!