Did you get a new sewing machine for Christmas? Or maybe saw a cute DIY number (here on SewJacked of course) that has inspired you to pull out your mom’s old machine? Or perhaps you simply have a desire to jump into this new awesome sewing trend but just don’t know where to start? Don’t you worry, I have put together a get started list that includes my must have tools. You don’t need much to get started and certainly do not need to run out and break the bank on gadgets but there are a few necessities that will make your crafting time just a little easier.
When sewing you’ll need two types of scissors:
a. Fabric Scissors – This is what you’ll use to cut fabric. Professional seamstresses far and wide will warn you to never use these scissors for paper cutting. Check out the photo. It is that serious. My family has been warned.
b. Pattern or Paper Cutting – Use for pattern cutting. Any pair of household scissors will do.
2. Measuring and Marking Tools
a. Measuring – A ruler, preferably a yardstick, will help you when fabric cutting. Use a tape measure for your body measurements. I have pinned a guide for taking body measurements. See my Pinterest page here.
b. Marking – You will need to add various markings to your fabric. Tailor’s chalk, disappearing ink markers and even pencils are some of my favorite tools.
3. Pins and Pattern Weights
a. Pins – Don’t be afraid to use as many pins as you need to hold your fabric together while sewing. Just don’t sew over them! Precision counts in sewing. Clean cuts, straight sewing lines and evenly distributed fabric will go a long way to professional looking finishes
b. Pattern Weights – When preparing to cut fabric using a pattern, pattern weights are so much faster than trying to pin the paper to the fabric. Best tip I have gotten so far, large washers. Pick them up at your local hardware store for just a few cents each. Here is another option.
I cannot stress this enough. You will do more ironing in sewing than sewing itself! Sew a little, press a little, sew a little, press a lot. Pressed seams are the ticket to non-homemade looking clothes. Use a good iron. I picked up this steam/dry iron from Costco. Works great.
5. Seam Ripper
Can I just say that this is the best thing since sliced bread? Let me be clear, you will make a mistake. It happens. Correction: You will make mistakes. They happen. And you will need to remove a seam and start again. Don’t keep going when you know that you’ve made a mistake. Remove the seam and start again. You’re finished garment will thank you for it.
Okay now, get your tools together and let’s get started. I have a new Tutorial Tuesday coming up. It is quick, easy and a bit glam if I do say so myself. It will be just what you need to get started – the proverbial toe in water. Stay tuned…