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10 Essential sewing tools for beginners – Part I

By 10 mei 2019 No Comments

If you've just decided to start sewing and you're not sure what to buy for you first sewing's kit, this short guide will help you. I've selected the 10 most important itens for you to start your new hobby. Today I will write about the first 5: sewing machine, sewing machine needles, hand sewing needles, thread and sewing pins + pincushion.

  1. Sewing machine (NL naaimachine): although it’s possible to sew by hand, the sewing machine will take you to the next level: you will sew faster and the stiches will have the same size. Any kind of sewing machine that can make the straight stitch is already welcome. If you want my advice to buy your first sewing machine, I would suggest you:
  • either a mechanical or a computerized one (mechanical is normally cheaper and less fragile);
  • from a good brand (so you can resell it later easily if you want to);
  • second hand (so you don’t have to spend much money at the beginning);
  • that have a good straight stitch and zigzag. That’s everything you need to start.
  1. Sewing machine needles (NLnaaimachinenaalden): for every kind of fabric you’ll probably need a different needle. The type and size from a sewing machine needle should match the thickness and the main characteristic of your fabric. To start, buy universal needles, they will be useful for most fabrics. Later, you will notice if you need special ones, like ball point needles for stretchy fabrics (like jersey) or jeans needles for thicker fabric, like denim. For sewing machines needles, the rule is: the bigger the number, the thicker the sewing needle is and for thicker fabric it is suitable.
  1. Hand sewing needles (NLhandnaalden): they are always handy once you need to make invisible hem, basting or for sewing buttons, for example. Unlike the sewing machine needles, the bigger the number the finer the sewing needle is.
  1. Thread (NLgaren): a good quality sewing machine thread (the hand sewing thread can break easily in the sewing machine) is normally made of polyester and can come in spools (the small ones) or cones (the big ones). If you don’t to sew much, the spools are much easier to storage and use in your sewing machine, but the cones can be much cheaper.
  1. Sewing pins + pincushion (NLspelden + speldenkussen): the pins are going to help you keep the pieces in place right before sewing them together. There are different types of pins, and they have different purposes. Before buying all of them without knowing which one is better for you, I would suggest you to start with the glass headed pins – they stay longer sharp than most of the other ones and are easy to find once you drop them on the floor. Trust me, that will happen a lot. 🙂 The pincushion will help you to keep them in a safe place. A functional substitute for the traditional pincushion is a magnet pincushion. It’s even easier to use, try iy out!
These are the first 5 tools I wanted to talk about, today. Which ones do you already have?

I hope you’ve enjoyed it and that you come back here to read about the next five!

See you soon.


Érica Belchior


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