Make sure your sewing machine can at least do the following:
If you have an older machine, one you either purchased used or that was given to you:
bent handle of these scissors allows the blades to lie flat against your surface as you’re
cutting. To keep the blades nice and sharp, use these scissors only for sewing. (For more tips
on keeping your sewing scissors in good shape, see 10 Tips for Caring for Your Sewing
Flat Cutting Surface
The least expensive ones are made from cardboard, can be placed on the floor or a table top,
and fold up for storage. There are also more expensive wooden cutting tables, some of which
are meant to stay set up and others can be folded for storage.
If you don’t have a cutting board, you can use a large table or the floor for laying
out your fabric. However, make sure the surface can withstand the scratches it may get from
pins and scissors. And note that a carpeted floor is not a good surface – your fabric needs to
lay completely flat for cutting. Plus, you wouldn’t want to risk cutting your carpet.
Hand Sewing Needles
get a package of hand sewing needles in an assortment of sizes.
Machine Sewing Needles
change the type and size of your needle depending on:
If you get a package of assorted needles, you’ll likely have what you need on hand for each
For more on choosing sewing machine needles, see Sewing Machine Needles – the Basics.
experienced sewer needs to do from time to time. It has a hook-shaped tip with a point at one
end and a blade in the “hook” area that cuts the thread. Use caution when using a seam
ripper because it can be easy to accidentally cut through your fabric.
Usually made of wood or metal, this is a good tool for taking longer measurements, such as a
length of fabric.
If you’ll be making garments, you’ll need to determine your pattern size. So you’ll need a tape
measure for taking your body measurements. Look for a tape measure made of fiberglass
because it’ll be stretch-resistant. Test an older tape measure for accuracy by laying it against a
yardstick to make sure the measurement markings match up.
Pressing is an essential part of sewing. Since you’ll be doing a lot of it, you’ll need a good
steam iron with an adjustable temperature. (For more information on pressing as you sew, see
How to Press. For information on other pressing tools, see Pressing Tools.)
You’ll need a firm surface for pressing in order to produce crisp, professional-looking seams.
So, this is a list of the basics. But there are other tools you may want to add to your collection to
make certain sewing tasks easier and help you get more professional-looking results. See More
Helpful Sewing Tools for a list.
|Before you can learn to sew, you first need
to gather all the necessary tools. This is a
list of the most essential tools a sewer
needs. As your skills and experience
increase, you’ll likely find yourself adding to
this group over time.
|Learn to Sew Lesson #1:
Gather Your Sewing Tools