Start from the sewing beginning.
Hopefully you now know how to use your machine.
You know how to sew straight, and turn corners and curves.
And how to thread your machine.

Now to start making things πŸ˜€
This post is about the most basic sewing tools.
The next post is about starter skills and projects to learn them.

The final posts about learning to sew will be on starting to make clothes.

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Many beginner topics dealt with by Tilly and the Buttons.


What do you need, as well as your machine ?
Many beginner books have long lists of tools, some of which I still haven’t got after over 70 years of sewing.
To start with you just need :
big items :
sewing machine, with :
– – – correct bobbins for the machine (these hold the thread under the fabric),
– – – needles – all modern machines use the same needles (they get blunt, they don’t last forever),
iron, ironing surface (fold something heat proof (so not polyester) on a flat surface).
Well actually you can hand stitch and finger press if you want to. We know from remains that have been found that people have been making things that way for more than 4,000 years. And high end couture is still sewn by hand, because a good hand sewist has more control.

small items :
fabric cutting scissors (not used for cutting paper !), many people love a rotary cutter but they can be dangerous if you don’t use them properly, so that’s something to try later,
pins or clips and something to keep them in (most people use a pin cushion, I’ve never been able to get on with one and use a tin),
measuring tool (unless you’re happy to start with cutting and folding ‘by eye’).

Use anything for these items at first (kitchen scissors ? paper clips ? school ruler ?), except for :
machine – the very cheapest new machine may be difficult to use,
thread – cheap thread may mess up your machine with fluff and what you make won’t last long. Old cotton thread may break easily.

Then if you find you love sewing, get the best you can afford – except leave buying an expensive machine until you know what sort of sewing you most enjoy. Here’s a post on some of the special purpose machine options. It’s best not to make assumptions as a beginner about what you’ll find you enjoy making πŸ˜€

Add other items as they’re needed for a project. The first things you’re likely to need next may be :
seam ripper (everyone has to unpick at some time, and it’s difficult to unpick using scissors),
fabric marker (easy alternatives : everyday pencil, blackboard chalk),
– hand sewing needles.
Here’s a post on choosing the minimum items, from Sew DIY.

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So now on to extending your skills of stitching straight lines, corners, curves into the combinations of skills needed to make something πŸ˜€
The next post is about all that.

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