Check out these must-have sewing items & get ready to sew more this year.
If you want to start sewing, one of the first things you need to do is build your collection of sewing supplies. Before you begin shopping online, or navigating the sewing aisle of your favorite fabric retailer, it’s best to have a list in-hand. That’s where this blog post comes in. This compilation of essential Dritz® and Omnigrid® supplies includes all of the products you need to start sewing. Each product category links back to our websites so you can complete your research with packaging visuals, and even item numbers if you’re that detailed! Here’s to a 2017 filled with sewing success!
You need one pair of good scissors, minimum, and they need to be nice and sharp. Bent-handle shears are the best for multi-purpose needs. A second smaller pair for detail work really helps. (Both scissors shown are from the Omnigrid® range of premium cutting supplies.)
TIP: Keep your sewing scissors for fabric only – no paper!
You’ve got to have a tape measure! You’ll measure to place patterns, measure fabric width, measure yourself! Many styles are available for different uses; the 60″ fiber glass tape measure is a good basic.
Obvious right? You’ll need straight pins to connect your fabric pieces and to hold things together while you work.
TIP: If you choose glasshead pins, you can iron over them and the heads won’t melt!
Very, very helpful – any size, any style. Pin cushions are great for organizing pins, and needles, too!
TIP: The strawberry on the standard Dritz® tomato pin cushion is filled with emery – just slide pins and needles in and out to sharpen them.
|Hand Sewing Needles
A basic assortment of hand sewing needles is fine to begin with – that way you’ll have a variety of eye sizes, point types, and shaft thicknesses to choose from. Different projects and fabrics/materials call for different needles!
Your sewing machine won’t work without sewing machine needles!
Sooner or later you will need this handy little tool to pull out a goof! Just think of it as “practice makes perfect.”
You’ll need these tools to mark seam lines and pattern markings. Choose from chalks, pencils, and pens; a good basic is the Mark-Be-Gone™ marking pen. Use marking tools with tracing paper to mark stitching lines and multiple layers of fabric at once.
When it comes to marking, you’ll find the tools you choose are determined by the complexity of your project, or simply by personal preference!
|Iron & Ironing Surface
We combined these two because you can’t use one without the other! An iron and an ironing surface are essential throughout the construction of your sewing project.
Some staples in our sewing lab are: the silicone iron rest, thermal thimbles (no burnt fingers!), ironing blanket (transforms any surface into an ironing spot), and the table top ironing board (space saver!).
Safety pins are just handy to have around! You’ll use them to pull elastic through casings, or to pin quilts or multiple layers of fabric. An assorted pack is best. If you are quilting, curved safety pins are what you need.
Once you’ve outfitted your space with the basics, you’ll want to start rounding out your arsenal. An Omnigrid® cutting station is the perfect start. When used together, an Omnigrid® cutting mat, rotary cutter and gridded ruler provide the most precise cutting and measuring for your sewing projects.
These are add-on tools as well, but well worth considering once you’ve got the basics covered.
We hope that this information is helpful to you. We have many more sewing resources on our Dritz® website. See all Dritz® sewing items here (there are hundreds of items!), and reference our library of sewing tutorials and videos. Connect with our active community of Dritz® friends on Instagram and let our Pinterest boards keep you inspired.
Keep your 2017 resolution and learn how to sew … starting NOW!