What do i need to sew?
What do I need to start sewing?
Starting to sew can be exciting and overwellming at the same time. Here is a simple guide to helping you figure out the equipmement you might need. Hope this infromation helps you on your way.......
The minimum equipment
- At least two pairs of scissors (one pair of embroidery scissors for cutting threads and trimming fabrics and the other a pair of cutting shears for cutting fabric). I personally would have an additional pair of scissors to cut paper, card or other none fabric items. Using fabric scissors for this purpose will cause them to blunt very easily.
- Pins - These are needed to keep fabric together before sewing them together on a permanent basis.
- Needles - A good selection of different needles is advisable antd they will then let you tackle any sewing project.
- Thimble - This protects your finger when hand sewing.
- Threads - You will need a selection of threads. Some for hand sewing and others for machine/overlocker sewing and the more colours you have the better. Threads can be cotton, polyester or rayon depending on the fabric you are using and your finished results.
- Seam ripper - This can also be called a scratch ribber and is used to remove ant stiches that have been sewn in the wrong place. They come in various sixes and shapes and often have a lid on them to protect you from the sharp point when not in use. I used this alot when I was learning to sew!
- Sewing box to keep everything in. The size and shape of your sewing box largely depends on what equipment you have and you available storage at home.
- Tape measure - This is essential toi measure body shapes, fabric and seams etc. Ideally you need one that has both metric (centimeters) and imperial (inches) measurements on them.
- Zips - We recoment that you keep a couple of zips in your sewing kit as they come in handy in a variety of projects.
- Haberdashery - A selection of haberdashery including buttons and fasteners
- Pin cushion/cady - This will keep your pins and needles safe and at hand.
- Sewing Machine - You could go on all day but generrally look for a machine arround £200-£350 and you will get a good machine.
You may also need an ironing board and iron for pressing your sewing.