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Top 10 Sewing Supplies

Updated: Jun 29, 2023


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Top 10 sewing supplies for beginners

These can be found at any sewing supply store


(1) Fabric scissors that you only use on fabric! My favorite are the scissors that spring back.


Why are some fabric scissors SO EXPENSIVE?

One word: QUALITY!

Investing in high-quality scissors for fabric cutting is worth it as they are sharper, more durable, and can cut through multiple layers of fabric. However, not everyone can afford to spend $40 or more on a pair. If you can't, don't worry—no need to break the bank. My favorite scissors are $16.00 at Walmart/Amazon that spring back. They have been replaced twice, but I love the spring-back feature. You just may need to replace or sharpen your scissors more frequently.


(2) Thread snips: Snips off the threads from your project and when hand sewing.


There are two thread snips - one bouncing back and another mini pair of scissors. Having a couple pairs is always good since snips can find their way away from your sewing machine. You can find snips that cost anywhere between $5.00 and $15.00. I prefer the $15.00 pair because they're high quality and have sharp points that cut through threads like butter. I also have cute snips that look like cats and only cost $6.00! But my prettiest ones were pink and cost $5.00, which worked, though sadly, they're lost somewhere. I've tried all sorts of snips, and it's really fun to experiment and find out what you like best - whether it's something more expensive, cute, or fancy.


(3) Seam ripper: Your new best friend to help rip those seems out when you make a mistake. Usually, one comes with your sewing machine as an accessory.

Seam rippers come in various types, but all serve the same purpose. If you experience arthritis or frequently get sore hands, purchasing a seam ripper with a thicker handle is advisable. I use multiple seam rippers with thicker handles which significantly eases the strain on my hands during extensive ripping work. Having more than one seam ripper is also convenient, as they get misplaced. I currently own four-seam rippers, with my latest featuring an LED light to improve visibility.


(4) Sewing Thread: Mettler, Gutermann, Coats & Clark


I have a whole blog on the best thread to buy and why, but in short: Mettler is your top brand thread, Gutermann your middle quality, and Coats & Clark your lowest grade. DO NOT get cheaper thread than Coats & Clark on Amazon, thinking you are getting a great deal. It will wreck your machine! DO NOT use old thread. Throw it out!


Get new thread in these three colors: white, black, and gray. These are the only colors you need to start with; get navy, cream, and a few of your favorites for secondary colors. These brands also usually have starting thread sets online, Joann Fabrics, and some local sewing supply shops.


(5) Measuring tape: To measure your body, fabric, and projects.


A sewing measuring tape is a must-have tool. It lets you take the precise body and cutting measurements that prevent costly errors and minimize waste. Its portable size and straightforward operation make it an indispensable tool for anyone wanting to sew.


(6) Fabric marking chalk and pens: To make temporary marks on your fabric


It's helpful to have both light and dark color chalks and pens when working with different materials. If you're on a budget, tailor's chalk is the most affordable option. I prefer using Frixion pens because they create a more precise line. I can easily replace the pen inserts by purchasing them on Amazon. Remember that chalk is water soluble and can be removed with water or a damp cloth. On the other hand, Frixion pens disappear with heat, so make sure to be cautious when ironing.



(7) Sewing pins and clips: To help keep your fabric together while sewing. Pins and clips also make a great way to mark your fabric.


What's better, fabric pins or clips? Choosing between pins and clips depends on individual preferences. Some people prefer pins, while others prefer clips. I use both. I like using pins to mark places in the middle of my fabric. Pins are also lighter and do not weigh down the material as much as clips.


On the other hand, clips provide a more secure grip, so I use them when binding my quilts or working with heavier fabrics. It's important to note that clips do not distort the fabric like pins do. Ultimately, whether to use pins or clips is a matter of personal preference.



(8) Pin cushion: To hold your pins and could become your first sewing project.

A plethora of pin cushions are available in various sizes, shapes, and designs. Creating your pin cushion can be a great first sewing project. Why not give it a shot?


(9) Extra sewing machine needles: Size 90/14 or 80/12 universal.

The second most used machine sewing needle I use is a topstitch needle.

If you are in the market for sewing machine needles, you might stumble upon variety packs which is also an excellent investment. You can also opt for titanium or chrome needles in the size 90/14. Although they may cost a bit more, they have a longer lifespan. Additionally, remember that most machines come with a few extra needles as part of the accessory package.



(10) FABRIC!

To begin with, there's no need to break the bank regarding sewing projects. You can save money by contacting friends or family members who sew and asking if they have any leftover scraps or materials lying around that you could use. Alternatively, you could check out stores like Walmart, which offer fat quarters, a great starting size for beginners. Even your local Goodwill or Dollar Store could have hidden gems waiting to be discovered! And pay attention to the potential of household items like old sheets, cloth napkins, or cotton tablecloths - these can all be repurposed as fabric with creativity. Remember that cotton fabrics are generally more sewing-friendly than other materials, so stick to these if possible.


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