Tools You Need to Get Started in Sewing

Besides a sewing machine, there are all sorts of tools and supplies you need to get started in sewing. In this post, we’ll help you build your first sewing kit by showing you EXACTLY what to buy.

Having the right tools and supplies is critical to your success as you’re learning to sew.

Our sewing kit checklist is a little different than some of the checklists you may have seen on the internet. We only wanted to include items that are essential for beginners. We’re sure you don’t want to spend more money than you have to... Plus, you can slowly add other tools to your sewing kit as you need them.

When you subscribe to ThreadCrate, we actually send you surprise sewing tools and goodies each month that will help you grow your sewing kit. Subscribers often comment that they’ve received items they never knew they needed!

Sewing Kit Checklist for Beginners

Here’s a basic list of marking, measuring, and cutting tools you need to get started in sewing:

  • Fabric Scissors: Get a good pair of knife-edge shears that are 8 or 9 inches long. A bent-handle design is best so you can make long, even cuts through fabric.
  • Pins: Do yourself a favor and get a large box of glass head pins. They help you hold pieces of fabric together before you sew. Get some safety pins, too.
  • Pin Cushion: You’ll need a safe place to store your pins. We recommend getting a magnetic pincushion, but there are tons of other options.
  • Measuring Tape: Get a flexible measuring tape that is at least 60 inches long. You’ll need it to take body measurements and adjust your patterns.
  • Seam Ripper: You will make mistakes… Make sure you get a seam ripper to help you remove unwanted stitches when they happen.
  • Marking Tools: Get a fabric marking pen or tailor's chalk to mark darts, gathers, and other things on your fabric. We like water-soluble pens best because they come in lots of colors and are easy to remove.
  • Measuring Gauge: Get a T-shaped seam gauge for marking hems and measuring small areas.
  • Needles: Get a starter supply of sewing machine needles in various sizes so you can switch them out for different projects. It’s also nice to have some spares for when your needle breaks. Most sewing can be done on your sewing machine, but get some hand sewing needles, too.

In addition to all these sewing tools, get a basket or box for your kit. It should be large enough to store all your sewing supplies, but portable so you can take it wherever you want to sew. We recommend the tackle-box style to keep your supplies organized.

Some other tools to consider getting for your beginner sewing kit are a thimble, small embroidery scissors/snips, a long yard stick, carbon paper and tracing wheel, sewing clips, and extra bobbins for your sewing machine.

If you’re worried about buying the wrong items, or you don’t want to take the time to buy everything individually, you could get the EverSewn Ultimate Sewing Starter Kit. It has everything you need to get started and the quality is fairly good.

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