If you walk into any fabric store, you can be completely overwhelmed by all the “stuff” you can use when you sew. But, I think you really only need a few important tools to get started:
- A sewing machine with its manual. I’ve talked before about the importance of your manual. As for your machine–it doesn’t have to be fancy or computerized or even new, but it should be clean. If you have been gifted a machine, it’s probably worth your time to have it serviced. In Shreveport, I recommend Shreveport Sewing Center. (I don’t get anything from mentioning them, I just think they are extremely helpful!)
- Dressmakers’ Shears. You want shears as opposed to scissors. Shears have an angled blade that allow you to keep them close to the table as you cut. If you are left-handed, splurge on the left-handed shears. Trust me.
- A Seam Ripper. Yes, you will make mistakes. We all do. Just embrace it and have fun.
- Fabric Marking Tools. This includes chalks, tracing wheels and paper, and pencils.
- Measuring Tape.
- Ruler. I like my clear, plastic 18 x 2 ruler the best.
- Iron and a good pressing surface.
- Pins. I like the longer ones, but that’s just my opinion.
- Needles, both for your machine and hand sewing.
- Fabric and Thread. Personally, I’d recommend you start with a woven cotton, much like those sold in the quilting sections of fabric stores. I find these the easiest to work. You can get started with a good all-purpose thread.
There you go. Just a few notions to get you started.