Let’s talk about sewing tools a beginner should have in this part of the series.
#1 – I’ll really suggest an inexpensive sewing machine for someone who is starting out. A machine that can do simple stitches and zig-zag stitches is good enough.
#2 – A pair of fabric scissors. Nothing beats using a pair of scissors to get clean cuts and I prefer the fabric scissors to the rotary cutter. Oh, do remember not to cut paper using the fabric scissors or else the blades will become blunt.
#3 – Dressmaker’s carbon & tracing wheel. I usually trace a pattern onto the fabric before cutting the pieces out so that my pattern will stay intact for future use. Just incase I’ll have to size up or down.
#4 – Lots of pins
#5 – A long ruler. I use these ones that have plenty of markings on them and particularly like using the long ones because it’s just so much easier.
#6 – Tailor’s chalk or chalk pen depends on what you can find in your local shop. The objective is for the lines you have drawn to be able to be washed away.
#7 – A few bobbin cases
#8 – Steam Iron and Ironing board
#9 – Small scissors for loose threads or unpicking of seams. You can use the fabric scissors but I prefer a smaller scissor to trim about loose ends and threads.
#10 – And finally, a measuring tape
We can tackle sewing some garment next!