Sewing Basket Essentials

If you’re curious about sewing, and would like to learn how to make your own (fill in the blank), once you have a minimally stocked kit, and optional sewing machine (hand sewing is always an option), the world is your oyster.

I first got into sewing wanting to make my own napkins, and eventually made a circle skirt which I would give the grade of a B-/C+, but the point is to try and keep practicing! A few years back, my friend, Chrissy and I took a sewing class at Joann Fabrics, taught by a hilarious lady named Sue. She taught us proper cutting technique, how to read and cut out a pattern, pressing fabric and different types of seams, not to mention, all of her essentials for a well-stocked kit. The kit linked below contains some of the items mentioned, but I linked the missing pieces. Here are Sue’s sewing basket essentials:

  • Tape measure

  • Cutting shears (reserved for fabric so they don’t dull)

  • Box of pins (longer preferred)

  • Thimble

  • Awl/stiletto (to push fabric under sewing machine presser foot)

  • Seam ripper

  • Pencil (mechanical preferred, always sharp)

  • Good scissors (to snip threads)

  • Variety of hand sewing needles

  • Slide ruler and seam guide tool(seam allowance when cutting a pattern is 5/8″ and this tool helps with that measurement)

  • Chalk pencil

  • Extra bobbins


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