Along with learning about your desired first project comes having the right tools to actual complete the garment! I have compiled a list of very helpful tools that will make sewing a little easier, and give your garment that professional look. You pattern will let you know if you need anything else, but listed below is a pretty inclusive list of what you will need to get you started!
Thread-I love Gutermann. I really believe in having a high quality thread. Cheaper ones break easy and in my experience can cause jams sometimes. Coats and Clark is another good one. I have heard polyester on polyester thread is better than cotton and polyester mix, or just cotton. It will also provide stronger seams for your garment!
Needle-There are so many different needles, some for denim, some for knits, universal needles etc. Get the right needle for the job!
Marking pens- There are fancy water or air soluble sewing pens out there for marking things on your fabric. You will need some sort of marking tool. I just saw on Baste and Gather’s blog that she uses Crayola washable markers. This is such a great idea, much cheaper than the special sewing pens, but still achieves the same results! Plus if you have kiddos you probably already have these laying around somewhere!
You can get all of these at a local craft store or even at Walmart!
Rotary blade and matt– I would be lost in sewing world without my rotary blade and matt. If you have scissors this isn’t necessary, but it really does make life easier! My trusty matts are still going strong after hundreds of wallets and many other things that have been cut on them these last 3 years. You will get lots of use from them if you do decide to get one.
Pattern Weights– I started using pattern weights instead of pinning my pattern pieces to my fabric. It really does make a difference. I have to admit though, I haven’t invested in real pattern weights, I use heavy things laying around the house :). Examples could be rocks, small bean bags, paper weights, etc).
EZ hem gage-This makes hemming a breeze!
Pressing Ham-Makes your garments much more professional if curved areas are pressed on the pressing ham instead of flat.
Serger-Not necessary but really makes sewing knits easier, and makes your garments so much more professional. If you are planning on sewing lots of clothes, I would suggest investing in a serger!
Double Needles-Double needles are an easy and very professional looking way to finish hems and necklines on knit garments!
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