Essential Items For Your Sewing Kit

Give your sewing projects organization by preparing a sewing kit containing essential items.

Having a sewing kit is essential in and of itself, as if you don't; you will have a difficult time finding your supplies, and may end up buying repeat items, not to mention the general inconvenience that you will experience. Find a good sewing kit, which can be just about anything; including an artist's supply box, a shoe box or a basket sold specifically for sewing at your local fabric store. Keep your sewing kit near your work area. If that area is the kitchen table, you will still want to keep it nearby, or at the very least, next to your sewing machine, wherever it may be stored.

The most important thing to have in your sewing kit is a good pair of scissors, preferably a few different ones that are made for specific uses. If you do not keep the scissors in your sewing kit, be prepared to see your children using them to cut construction paper and the like, which is a sure route to destruction for a fine pair of dressmaker's scissors. The dressmaker's scissors are the basic scissors that you will use to cut your fabric. Get the sharpest pair that you can afford, so that the fabric will cut smoothly and evenly. You will also be able to tell the difference between a good pair of dressmaker's scissors and a badly made pair when you are cutting heavier fabrics, such as denim. Most fabric supply shops stock a variety of these scissors in a broad range of prices. Other helpful scissors to have include pinking shears, which help to keep edges of fabric from unraveling; and embroidery scissors, which can cut detailed work and which also come in handy for snipping those stray threads.

You will need a pincushion for your pins. You can use just about anything for a pincushion, including cat toys. As long as it is firm and has a smooth surface where you can see the pinheads, it should work. Of course, if your cat wants to play with the toy, using a cat toy is probably not a good idea, as the pins will be sticking out. That is, unless you have a personal vendetta against your cat. You will want to purchase enough pins to enable you to piece together an entire project, if necessary. Don't forget to get hand-sewing needles of varying sizes. Keep your needles in the holder that they generally come with, or stuck together in a folded-over piece of fabric. While you are purchasing needles, lay in a supply of needles that are of various thicknesses for your machine as well, so that you will be prepared when your daughter's jeans need a quick seam repair. A needle threader will also come in handy, as it can help you thread the most difficult and uncooperative needles.

When you are selecting needles for your machine, make sure that you have the attachments that you need for it as well. Do you have a zipper-foot and a buttonhole guide? These can be very useful attachments, and are inexpensive ways to increase the usefulness of your machine. Also buy some extra bobbins. You can never have too many.

You should also keep a stock of good quality thread. Keep a spool of black, white and blue on hand at all times, as you'll find that they come in handy for unexpected repairs. After these essentials, you will find that your thread supply will increase as you purchase matching thread for your projects.

Nothing is more frustrating than having the perfect idea for a project, spending hours on it, and having it not work out. Perhaps the facing pieces don't match, or the pillow is smaller than you intended it to be. Solve this problem by always having a clear ruler on hand. You may also wish to have a transparent try square on hand as well, to help you cut at precise right angles. Of course you will want to have the standard dressmaker's tape measure, as well. To increase your precision, you will need to have a way to mark your fabric in a manner that does not damage it. Keep some tailor's chalk in your kit, as well as a vanishing ink pen. I'll bet our grandmothers would have loved one of those! Just make sure not to apply heat to the fabric until the ink has completely disappeared.

Even the best tailors make mistakes. For the inevitable times when you will need to rip out a seam and start again, you will need a seam ripper, which is a very inexpensive tool that will save you quite a bit of time.

Although this will not fit in your sewing kit, it is absolutely necessary for you to have a good steam iron and an ironing board located in a place that is convenient to your workspace. You will find that you will need to press the fabric not only before you begin, but as you go along, as well. An iron is essential for pressing seams and hems.

With these supplies, you are all set to sew everything from your own dresses or suits to furnishings for the house. Having the supplies on hand will make everything so much easier, and save you many a last minute trip to the fabric store. The last thing you need to do is to hide the box from your children, as they will see the sewing supply box as a treasure trove of goodies. If you can accomplish this, you can do anything!

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