So you've ordered your sewing machine, now what?
When I first bought my sewing machine, since I'm an "over- researcher", I looked all over the web for just a basic list of the supplies I needed to start sewing and came up with a lot of complicated answers, which just made me more frustrated. So to save you all the trouble, I created this list of basic sewing supplies for the absolute beginner.
The first thing you need are scissors. I know this sound simple, but I went into this not knowing anything so I was confused with ALL of the sewing scissors out there but I did narrow it down to the three the basic sewer will need:
A good pair of fabric scissors is a must! Oh, and try your best not to use them to cut anything but fabric so they will last you a long time!
Pinking shears are great if you want a fast finish so the fabric won't fray. Also extra protection from fraying if you cut any fabric with these before you sew.
I LOVE these thread clippers! I didn't buy them for a while because I thought I could just use scissors but when you're at the machine and either the thread gets tangled or you have to cut thread in a tight spot, these work very well!
It's very critical that you get a seam ripper. As soon as you have to rip out some seams you will be very HAPPY you bought this time saver!
Washable colored pencils for making marks on fabric are always helpful.
Measuring tape for, well the obvious, measuring! This one is nice in the fact that they can shape around anything, but I also have an acrylic ruler that are amazing for cutting the fabric.
Bobbins for your machine. There should be a manual for your machine that tells you exactly what bobbin to get. Make sure you get a pack of them because they are nice to keep with the different colors of thread.
Then you of course need thread. Now I searched everywhere for info on what the best kind of thread is and couldn't find a clear answer, but I have used the dollar threads and they get tangled so fast in my machine its not even funny. I did find a thread that I LOVE and that's Gutermanns 100% Polyester thread whichI found works with most of the basic fabrics.
You're definitely going to need pins to keep your lines straight, which you can get in glass or plastics heads, I got plastic which works fine for me.
And last but not least you will need a pin cushion. I made the one to the right using a mason jar which I will put in a tutorial on this blog another day.
P.S. If you need a good, cheap way to keep all your little sewing things organized, mason jars are wonderful!!