The following items are essential for your sewing kit. Make sure you have these tools at hand before starting any of the projects:
– ACRYLIC RULER
This is a clear flat ruler, with a measuring grid at least 2" (5 cm) wide × 18" (45.5 cm) long. A rigid acrylic (quilter's) ruler should be used when working with a rotary cutter.
– CLOTH MEASURING TAPE
Make sure it's at least 60" (152.5 cm) long.CRAFT SCISSORS Use these for cutting out paper patterns.
– DRESSMAKER'S SHEARS
These sharp long-bladed scissors are used to cut fabric.
– EMBROIDERY SCISSORS
These small scissors are used to trim off threads, clip corners, and do other intricate cutting work.
– FABRIC MARKING PENS/PENCILS + TAILOR'S CHALK
Available in several colors for use on light and dark fabrics; use them for tracing patterns and pattern markings onto your fabric. Tailor's chalk is available in triangular pieces, rollers, and pencils. Some forms (such as powdered) can simply be brushed away; refer to manufacturer's instructions for the recommended removal method for your chosen marking tool.
– HANDSEWING + EMBROIDERY NEEDLES
Keep an assortment of sewing and embroidery needles in different sizes, from fine to sturdy.
– IRON, IRONING BOARD + PRESS CLOTHS
An iron is an essential tool when sewing. Use cotton muslin or silk organza as a press cloth to protect delicate fabric surfaces from direct heat.
– PATTERN PAPER
Have some pattern paper or other large paper (such as newsprint, butcher paper, or pattern tracing cloth) on hand for tracing the patterns you intend to use from the pattern insert. Regular office paper may be used for templates that will fit.
– SEAM GAUGE
This small ruler with a movable slider is used for marking hems, checking seam allowances, placing buttons, and more.
– SEAM RIPPER
Handy for quickly ripping out stitches.
– SPIKED TRACING WHEEL + COLORED TRACING PAPER
Use these tools for tracing patterns and markings onto your fabric.
– STRAIGHT PINS + PINCUSHION
Always keep lots of pins nearby.
Pattern weights or small rocks are great for keeping fabric in place while drawing, pinning, and cutting.
* OPTIONAL . . . but good to have.
– FRENCH CURVE
A template of metal, plastic, or wood that includes many curved edges for constructing smooth curves.
– NEEDLE THREADER
An inexpensive aid to make threading the eye of the needle super fast.
– PINKING SHEARS
These scissors with notched teeth leave a zigzag edge on the cut cloth to prevent fraying.
– POINT TURNER
A bluntly pointed tool that helps push out the corners of a project and/or smooth seams. A knitting needle or chopstick can also be used.
– ROTARY CUTTER + SELF-HEALING MAT
Useful for cutting out fabric quickly. Always use the mat to protect the blade and your work surface (a rigid acrylic ruler should be used with these to make straight cuts).
– TAILOR'S HAM
A firm cushion used when pressing curved areas of garments to preserve the shape and prevent creases.
Your fingers and thumbs will thank you.
– ZIPPER FOOT
This accessory foot for your machine has a narrow profile that can be positioned to sew close to the zipper teeth. Zipper feet are adjustable so the foot can be moved to either side of the needle.