11 Must-Have Sewing Supplies
October 14, 2015 in Tips & Tricks
New to sewing and unsure what you need to stock your sewing space with? Well, keep reading for a list of my must-have sewing supplies that will get you going on your sewing journey. Every sew-er has their specific preferences when it comes to sewing necessities, but today I’m sharing my oft-used and favorite sewing supplies!
Keeping all of these things on hand makes it easy for me to work on whatever project happens to be on my sewing table. Not only does this prevent me from having to run to the store before every project, it also ensures that I’m using the appropriate tools when I’m sewing. Using the appropriate tools prevents accidents and increases the chance for a successful sewing outcome!
It’s important to change your needle regularly and use the appropriate type for the project you’re working, i.e. an embroidery needle when doing embroidery, etc.
I personally like to use flower head pins because they’re cute, but as long as you have plenty of pins that’s all that matters in my book. I like keeping two cushions full of pins, so if I have one project all pinned up, I can work on other projects too and still have plenty of pins to use.
Similar to pins, I like having plenty of Wonder Clips around to use. These are great for using in place of pins on bulkier or tricky fabrics.
I personally prefer Gingher shears in my sewing room. Find what you prefer and ONLY use them for fabric. This will help them stay sharper longer!
Rotary cutter and mat
Yes, if you want to take up sewing as a hobby, then you’ll probably want to have both fabric scissors AND a rotary cutter. I use my rotary cutter and mat for cutting larger amounts of fabric. This method will save time and increase accuracy!
Now that you have your rotary cutter and mat, you’ll also need a clear quilting ruler. There are all kinds of sizes of these rulers available, but I prefer the 6″x24″ ruler.
Ironing fabric and pressing seams make a huge difference in the look of the final product when you’re done working on a project. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to have a decent steam iron in your sewing space. I use an inexpensive iron that I picked up from Wal Mart awhile back, but when that one dies, I definitely plan on upgrading to an Oliso or Rowenta!
I use this thing almost every time I sew. It makes folding and pressing seam allowances so much easier and definitely more accurate. It was a random find that I no longer can live without!
If you’re just starting out, you may only want to buy thread as you need it. But, when you sew more regularly, you’ll probably want to have a stash of thread on hand to use for different projects. Start with all purpose machine thread, then add quilting, embroidery, and serger thread as needed.
Save thread and time by having extra (empty) bobbins around. If you only keep a handful of bobbins, then you’ll most likely finding yourself emptying a bobbin (wasting time and thread) to change it to another color.
I love this particular seam ripper because it does double duty. First you use the seam ripper part (hidden under the cap in the photo) to undo the stitches, then you use the rubber-like end to grab and remove the threads.
Other fun stuff that comes in handy
Canned air (for cleaning your machine)
Is your favorite sewing supply not on this list? What else do you think I should include? Let me know in the comments!