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Have you ever wanted to learn how to sew but felt too intimidated to begin the process? I felt that way when I first took an interest in sewing. Luckily for me, my mom is a former Family and Consumer Sciences (aka Home Ed) high school teacher and for my birthday, gifted me everything I needed to start sewing. The rest was history. In a short amount of time, I went from knowing absolutely nothing about sewing to making curtains, rope baskets, pillow cases and more! To be able to create something from scratch that I was able to design with my own personal touch has been such a satisfying feeling. I won’t say that sewing is “easy”, but you can absolutely pick up the hobby at just about any point in your life and begin creating in no time! Below, I've compiled a list of supplies you need to get started based on what my mom gifted me and what I found to be helpful:
I, personally, use a Spiegel 3201 32-Stitch Mechanical Sewing Machine that retails for under $80. However, this particular model has been out of stock for many months, so I'm recommending the Brother Intl LX3817 Lightweight and Full-Size Sewing Machine because it's still fairly inexpensive and the brand is very reputable. It would be my next choice, should I ever need to replace or upgrade my machine. Not to mention, I love the look of this particular model!
I have a similar box to this one, but with different fabric. I use it to hold all of my sewing accessories (particularly, the sharp ones, so that I can store it up high and out of reach of little fingers). It came with several accessories that have come in handy while keeping everything organized and easy to access.
My mom has had this exact pin cushion for DECADES, and I have one now, as well. It's super cute and a classic staple in sewing accessories.
Let me tell you something about sewing scissors; THEY ARE NOT THE SAME AS REGULAR SCISSORS! You need to buy a pair of sewing scissors- like these- and then, guard them with your life from your family, so that they are never used to cut anything other than fabric or thread. And trust me...they will try!
This is the exact rotary cutter that I own and use. But, I need to issue a word of caution: If you are clumsy, easily distracted, etc. you might want to avoid this item in the beginning. You will inevitably slice yourself with one at least once (or twice, like me). And, you definitely want to keep this out of reach from children. The benefits are that it helps cut fabric in the straight line compared to when using scissors.
If you do decide to invest in a rotary cutter, you will need a self-healing rotary mat. It comes with measurements, so that you can cut your fabric to size.
7. Soft Tape Measure Double Scale Body Sewing Flexible Tailor Craft Vinyl Ruler, Has Centimetre Scale on Reverse Side 60-inch（White）
This is also handy for measurements, especially, when tailoring or measuring for projects that aren't perfectly flat. An absolute necessity in sewing!
A seam ripper is another necessity for sewing. You will mess up. A LOT. This will keep you from losing your mind as you learn from your mistakes and try again!
9. Color Scissor 250 Pieces Sewing Pins Ball Glass Head Pins Straight Quilting Pins for Dressmaker Jewelry Decoration
Sewing pins will help you keep your fabric in place as you sew which will keep your seams and hems straight.
One of the top things you can do to save on time is to thread your bobbins before starting your project, so that you may "seamlessly" (ha!) insert a new one after the previous one runs out.
I hope you found this guide useful and that it inspired you to take up sewing as a hobby. It's one of the most relaxing things I can do if I'm feeling stressed or anxious. "Crafty" is not a word I would have used to describe myself before I began sewing, but it's instilled a new confidence in me as I've learned and created more and more. If you aren't already, go ahead and follow all of my social media accounts below to stay up-to-date on my most recent recipes, craft projects and inspirational ideas.
Natalie from Deerwood + Jones