Half of the fun of sewing for me is going to the craft store to buy all the gadgets and notions. I love going to Jo-Ann Fabric or Michaels and just wandering the isles for inspiration.
In order to get started with my first sewing project, I bought some handy sewing tools that my teacher had recommended to me. Sewing is a fairly inexpensive hobby once you buy the basics. You can find most of these items at any craft or sewing store, and even at a store like Walmart. Here are some things that I recommend purchasing:
- A quilter's mat (in green in the picture) is really useful when cutting and measuring fabric. I really like the Omnigrid one I purchased from JoAnn's.
- A quilting ruler also helps with cutting and measuring.
- Scissors, and a rotary cutter (which makes it much easier to cut fabric than with scissors).
- Pins and a pin cushion
- Sewing machine replacement needles and needles for hand-sewing
- A measuring tape
- A seam ripper (used to undo stitches without ripping the fabric)
- Spools of thread to match your fabric
- An iron and ironing board
- A hobby kit to organize it all!