The minimum sewing kit tools for every sewer should include a seam ripper, at least two pairs of scissors (one pair to cut fabric with and the other for trimming threads and fabrics with) an arsenal of straight pins, needles, a pincushion and a thimble. You will also need buttons, safety pins, sewing thread, a measuring tape and a container to hold all of our supplies in. You will also need an iron and ironing board. There are many other fabulous gadgets that I can suggest on the market today but, for now, we will just stick with the basics. Let’s discuss the supplies that you’ll need in further detail.
Cutting Shears: Are an absolute must for your sewing kit. This indispensable tool is required for cutting fabric. When choosing cutting shears, make sure that that they fit the span of your hand. This means that you can comfortably open the whole of the blade with one action, which is very important to allow clean and accurate cutting lines. Select a pair that feels comfortable in your hand that is not too heavy
Tip: There are many cutting tools out there, but one rule applies to all: buy good-quality products that can be re-sharpened.
Iron: Although your iron (in most cases) will not be placed in your sewing kit, it is essential to your sewing kit. Professional looking garments/projects rely on successful pressing. Proper pressing will transform your projects from a homemade look and feel to one of that is neat and professional looking.
Your sewing kit should have a good selection of different types of needles for sewing by hand. This will enable you to handle any hand sewing project that you come up against. When sewing expensive and delicate fabric, do not scrape-by with inexpensive needles that could lose their coating and snag the fabric, instead buy a brand name at a fabric store.
Pincushion: This clever gadget is used to keep your needles and pins safe and clean. The attached little strawberry is actually a needle and pin sharpener. The abrasive filler inside of the strawberry helps to remove dirt and rust, keeping the pin or needle sharp and smooth. You must take the time to stick the pins in and out of the sharpener in order for it to be useful.
Pinking Shears: The zigzag cutting pattern of these shears is quite purposeful when it comes to finishing off edges, and neatening seams. You can also use these shears for design purposes as well.
Safety Pins: Are available in a variety of sizes. Make sure you have some medium to large sizes in your stash. Safety pins are used to guide elastic, ribbon, decorative rope, and drawstrings through casings. Safety pins are also used to hold multiple layers of fabric together.
Seam Ripper: This wonderful tool is used to remove any stitching that has been sewn incorrectly or to remove basting stitches. This tool has a sharp pointed hook to slide under a stitch, with a small cutting blade at the base to cut through the thread. Various sizes of seam rippers are available, to cut through light to heavyweight fabric seams.
Sewing Gauge: This sewing tool is used for small measurements. The slide can be set to measure hem depths and buttonhole diameters. A sewing gauge is approximately 6 inches long and reflects centimeters measurements as well.
Tape Measure: This must have tool is not only used for taking body measurements but is also used to measure fabric, seams, or anything else that requires a measurement. Be sure to choose a measuring tape that reflects both imperial and metric readings.
Tip: Choose a tape measure that is made out of plastic. A Plastic tape measure will not stretch.
Thimble: This wonderful tool is used to protect the end of your finger from needle pricks when working on hand sewing projects. Thimbles are now available in many shapes, sizes, and materials.
Tracing Wheel and Carbon Paper: These two items are used together to transfer markings from a paper pattern or a design onto fabric. This method of marking is probably the most common but it is not always suitable for all fabrics. The markings are sometimes difficult to remove from fabrics.
TIP: Be sure to read the carbon package for fabric suitability.