2022 Best Sewing Supplies for Beginners

Are you new to the sewing world and have no idea what items you need in order to start your first project? Maybe you are looking for gift ideas for a beginner sewist and need some recommendations. Whatever the case may be, you have come to the right place. Assuming you already have a sewing machine to work with, we break down the essentials needed for sewing along with a brief description of each item.

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Best Sewing Supplies:

1. Sewing Needles:

The type of project you are working on will determine the type of needles that you will need. We chose this Singer starter pack because Singer is a trusted brand and most of their needles are compatible with all other sewing machines.

2. Thread:

The saying “you get what you pay for” has never been more true when picking out your thread for your sewing machine. The last thing you want is to have your sewing thread constantly breaking on you in the middle of a project. So good quality thread is important. This polyester set is the top pick not only when starting out but also throughout your sewing career. Gutermann is a great brand that can be found in most stores and polyester is a safe pick for most sewing projects. It is strong, with some stretch and often has a wax or silicone finish that will allow it to pass through fabric very easily, minimizing snags and pulls. 

3. Bobbins:

Bobbins are essential in sewing, and your machine will determine which bobbins to utilize. These plastic size A, class 15 sized bobbins are pretty standard and are compatible with most household sewing machines like Singer, Brother, Babylock, Janome, etc. Size isn’t the only thing to pay attention to when choosing bobbins for your machine. You also need to verify if your machine uses plastic or metal bobbins. 

4. Seam Ripper:

Seam rippers will be your best friend and will be a constant by your side while sewing. This handy little tool allows you to unravel a seam that you just made with your machine after you realize two seconds later that you sewed it backwards. This set is an absolute must.

5. Shears/Scissors:

We are going to give you two options for shears. One option is this  practical set that every sewist should have. Reason why: this set has 4 types of scissors: 1 fabric shear, 1 detail scissors, 1 embroidery scissors and 1 thread snips. This will come in handy for all your projects. The set  is sharp, durable and has ergonomic comfortable handles. 

For great quality cuts, we recommend the Gingher 8-Inch knife dressmaker shears. These scissors cut like butter! The cut is longer, the knife edge cuts multiple layers and the bent handle design holds fabric flat. You will find this particularly helpful if you are cutting your fabric around a pattern. If you have to hold your fabric upright while cutting, there is a strong possibility the cut will not be accurate. These shears are highly recommended for those that plan to sew garments.

6. Rotary Cutter:

A rotary cutter is used in lieu of scissors and will significantly decrease the time spent on cutting fabric. It is absolutely amazing, especially for those who sew garments and have multiple layers to work with. A rotary cutter allows you to hold the fabric down flat while rolling the blade over the cut line. Fishers is our number one choice, as it is a reliable brand that can be found in most stores. This will be helpful when looking for replacement blades. 

Note: We included the Fiskars set as it includes items that are ALL on this list and a great deal cheaper than purchasing them all separately. Even if you already have one of the items, it is still a good steal because you will need to replace your self healing mat after some time.

7. Self Healing Mat:

A self healing mat is used in conjunction with a rotary cutter or any type of utility knife. It is a cutting board that will protect the surface that you are using to cut your fabric with your rotary blade. We recommend a larger mat to prevent having to readjust your fabric multiple times while cutting.

Note: We included the Fiskars set as it includes items that are ALL on this list and a great deal cheaper than purchasing them all separately. Even if you already have one of the items, it is still a good steal because you will need to replace your self healing mat after some time.

 

8. Clear Wide Ruler:

You will need a large ruler for measuring, marking and cutting fabric. We recommend this 24 Inch Fiskars acrylic clear ruler. It is clear, which is a huge help to assure you are cutting your fabric straight. Also the thickness of this ruler makes it a sturdy guide when marking your fabric and/or using a rotary cutter to cut a straight line. 

Note: We included the Fiskars set as it includes items that are ALL on this list and a great deal cheaper than purchasing them all separately. Even if you already have one of the items, it is still a good steal because you will need to replace your self healing mat after some time.

 

9. Retractable Ruler:

Measuring is absolutely necessary in sewing. You will need to measure out fabric, trim, ribbons, etc. Not only will you need to measure out materials, but you will need body measurements if you are making a garment. So this measuring tape kit is perfect for what you will need. It comes with a body tape, a soft tape and a round tape up to 60 inches/150 cm. Two items are retractable with a lock pin and push button.

10. Pins & Clips:

Pins and clips will be needed when creating a seam. They will hold two pieces of fabric together to assure everything is locked and secure to prevent a project from shifting while sewing. We recommend a straight pin with a small tip, over the ball because this will allow you to sew as close as possible to the pin before having to take it out, if at all. You never want to sew over pins. Clips will come in handy when you are working with a garment that you do not want to poke a hole into, such as silk, leather, etc. Using a pin on these materials can ruin the fabric. So having both of these items is a necessity. 

11. Sewing Gauge:

A sewing gauge is used to mark hems for alterations as well as intervals between pleats and buttonholes and buttonhole lengths. It can be also used as a compass to draw arcs and circles by anchoring the slider with a pin and placing the tip of a marking pencil in the hole located at the end of the scale. This kit also comes with a T-shaped sliding gauge which is very handy for seam allowances. It is easy to use and read. 

12. Sewing Chalk:

There are a lot of pens and markers on the market for fabric markings, but we recommend these two items above all. The standard tailors chalk is cheap and easy to use. If you are on a budget, this is the way to go. Only downfall is that it can break easily and you will also have to sharpen it from time to time. Despite this downfall, have tried more expensive chalk pencils and they aren’t anywhere near as effective as these little triangles. 

Now for our favorite marking tool, we introduce the Dritz dual purpose disappearing ink marker. We use this for the majority of our projects. It comes in handy for a couple of pattern marking tricks that we have, and the “air” disappearing feature is amazing. Always test the marker on  a snip of your fabric before use. 

13. Iron:

If you are not a fan of ironing, we hate to break it to you…you are going to be doing a lot of it while sewing. The infamous “pressing” is going to be a constant on all your projects. So when considering an iron, it is important to keep in mind a few things. Ironing capabilities – should be able to get out all wrinkles fairly quick, steam and spray options – needs both options and should spray evenly without large spills, heat wait time – you won’t want to wait long if you are in the middle of a project, water tank capacity, auto off feature, etc. This iron hits on all the best features. The only downfall is that it can be heavy for some, but the large water capacity can account for that. So this is our #1 choice. 

14. Hand Sewing Kit:

We know it seems crazy, but you will want to have a complete sew kit of needle and thread while sewing. There will be a lot of projects that require a hand sew, a quick fix, and you may even feel more comfortable hand sewing a button at first. An added bonus is all the tools that typically come with these sets. This is why we chose this one in particular. It comes with an assortment of thread colors, clips, seam ripper, safety pins, soft tape measure, pin cushion, threaders, plastic bobbins, buttons, etc. The set is of great quality and all comes in an elastic band organizer. Once purchases, you can skip out on purchasing a few other items on our recommendation list, as they are included in this kit. 

15. Sewing Organizer:

You will quickly notice how sewing supplies start to accumulate once you start getting more established and discovering more exciting tools to assist you on your sewing journey. This is why having a nice organizer is very important. We chose this Grab N’ Go Rack style organizer because it is perfect for storing sewing supplies. Each rack is customizable, so you can make the compartments as big or small as you like. It is the perfect size to keep your sewing essentials and it is easily portable. This comes in handy if you work in different areas while working on a project.

In conclusion:

These are the best sewing tools to help get you started as a beginner sewist. You will be extremely prepared with these items and will be grateful you did the research. Please feel free to share a comment or leave us a question below and don’t forget to subscribe for more sewing content. 

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