Sunday, November 30, 2008

Stocking Up and Getting Started

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!


Stiggly Holistics said...

hey swati
that is a great list. i must get around to getting all my equipment. do you think Michael's is the place to buy a machine too?

Swati said...

I'm actually not sure if they sell sewing machines at Michael's. My sister bought hers at Walmart. I think you can buy them on their website too. You said you wanted a singer?