If you're just starting out with sewing, these are the basic tools that you'll need that make up a sewing kit.
Anyone who sews will need these supplies, plus these are some of the tools you'll need to bring with you when taking sewing classes. As you take on more types of projects you'll need to acquire additional tools, but these are the essentials to start with.
Pins are used to hold fabrics and pattern pieces in place while cutting and sewing.
Great for holding fabric in place when you don't want to use pins.
Invest in a good pair of scissors and snips for cutting fabrics and quickly trimming threads.
A clear ruler makes it easier to mark and cut fabrics.
A good size for most cutting needs, and can be used right or left handed. Use a small cutter for more intricate cuts, or a large cutter for thicker or multiple layers of fabric.
Water and air soluble to make marks on most fabrics. Be sure to test and read labels before marking final fabrics.
Avoid damaging tables and rotary cutting tools by using a self-healing cutting mat.
Precise measuring is critical to ensure your project comes out as expected.
Everyone makes mistakes and changes are common so a seam ripper is a tool you'll likely use often.
A quick way to store your pins for easy access.
A longer-lasting tool for making marks that comes in a variety of colors.
A handy tool that helps to sew straight and keep seam allowance consistent.
With the first projects you learn to make ironing isn't usually necessary but it quickly becomes an essential step in the sewing process so I recommend an iron and a space where you can iron while working on your sewing projects.
A steam iron is used to not only remove wrinkles but to also press open seams and ensure fabric lies flat for a better finish.
A small iron is great for travelling or when you're working in a small space.
Using an ironing board provides a flat, firm and versatile surface for handling a wide range of projects that require ironing.
A small ironing board that has a raised area for pressing so you can slide a sleeve over the pressing surface to prevent creases.