So, I’ve been thinking over the past few weeks what interesting skills and creative tips I can share with you that would help you if you were looking into starting to sew.
If you follow me on Instagram, then you would have seen my first top tip Tuesday where I share some useful info every week in my stories and I thought I would share the ones that are most important on here too.
You want to start sewing but don’t know where to begin, well first of all you will need a sewing kit. It doesn’t have to be all bells, whistles and fancy gadgets, just the basic good essentials will do and last you a lifetime if you look after it.
I’ve taken a picture of all the tools that I think will help you get started, going from left all the way round:
+ Pins – help you pin fabrics together and hold in place. Don’t place pins in your mouth when sewing, it’s a terrible habit of mine but trust me it’s worth not doing it, so if you can start without that habit your on to a winner!
+ Tape Measure – A must! Helps you take your own measurements, measure the grainline on a pattern and a handy tool around the house, also a little extra tip keep one in your handbag if you spot anything in a shop and want to measure all those little deets!
Then you can take that info home and make something yourself.
+ Cotton – No brainer here, you need it to keep the stuff you make together, make sure you don’t scrimp on cotton though buy a decent one like Gutterman or Moon.
+ Stitch unpick – This is my best friend when sewing, helps you take out all those thread mistakes you make but I don’t doubt for a second, you’ll use it much because you’ll ace it. Make sure you buy a sharp one.
+ Needle threader – helps you thread the cotton through a needle and saves so much time.
+ Tailors chalk – you use this to chalk around your pattern onto fabric, which I highly recommend rather than just pinning.
+ Needles – Good quality hand sewing needles is what you need, they do come in all different sizes so it best to ask in the shop or read about them online when you’re buying.
+ Thimble – Saves those fingers when hand sewing and helps you push the needle through when hand sewing.
Now I’ve gone through all of those essentials I’ll move on to the scissors.
+ Paper scissors – use these to cut your patterns out and any crafts you’re doing.
+ Fabric scissors – these are perfect for cutting those fabrics out but only fabrics!
Seriously though don’t use your fabric scissors for cutting anything else, it will blunt them and send them out of line and if you’ve paid a decent amount for them you really don’t want that to happen.
My pink ones are from Ernest Wright and supports breast cancer.
+ Thread Scissors – small ones are perfect for when you are working at a machine, I also find it handy to pop them on a bit of fancy ribbon, so you can place it round your neck.
Saves time looking for them when you want to snip.
+ Metric set square – Mainly used for when you want to create your own patterns, but it does come in handy when you want to measure anything. You can get these from Morplan.
When you have all your super-duper kit just keep practicing with it and you’ll be a pro in no time!
So, there we have it my essential guide to a sewing kit, I really hope that helps when starting out.