Shalom Sisters MHNCB,
So this tag has been going around for a while, and I thought It would be very educational. So I’m going to show you what I have in my sewing kit. I’ll also be sharing with you the best tools in my sewing kit that I can’t sew without, and ones that you really don’t need to waste your money on.
Now since I started sewing I’ve constantly moved my sewing supplies around starting from a drawer, to a pencil bag, then a cardboard box to a wooden jewelry box then cookie tins, and now to a tool box and so far I’m pretty happy with the tool box. I don’t know why but I have this thing where I like to play around with my sewing supplies, and this mainly comes from me seeing other bloggers on the internet, as well as Pinterest posts, YouTube videos etc. I like to try new things!
This is where I previously had my sewing supplies:
I had to use two tins because one wasn’t big enough to hold all the supplies. 😉
I just Looooove cookie tin sewing kits,
#1 ↑ (the first row) Is a Vintage Cookie Tin I got from my wela, and when I say vintage I really mean vintage, (sorry wela) and
#2 ↑ (the second row) Is a Danish Butter Cookie Tin I got from the grocery store because all my supplies didn’t fit in the vintage cookie tin. I really wanted the Royal Dansk Tin but I couldn’t find it any where.
So without further a do, lets take a look in my (current) sewing kit ↓
Now this is a tool box I got at Walmart for $6.99, It has a lot of space inside and it comes with a removable tray, which helps hold all the tiny stuff. ↓
Curious? Lets look inside!
Lets start with the cutting tools:
- Singer 45 mm Rotary Cutter with Replacement Blades, I love my rotary cutter. It saves you a lot of time, but you also have to be careful not to accidentally slice yourself. Because boy, do those cuts hurt. I would definitely recommend one for a (careful) beginner.
- SY Fabric scissors, now these fabric scissors I bought at IKEA and let me tell you they cut amazingly all the way to the tip. Now when your beginning to sew I definitely suggest a good pair of fabric scissors that are very sharp, to cut your fabric neatly and not waste time, because if the scissors are dull or not meant for fabric you’re gonna have a hard time cutting.
- SY Pinking Shears, I also bought these at IKEA. These scissors are called pinking because instead of cutting a straight line, the blades cut a zig zag. Now pinking shears are used mainly for when you don’t have a serger/overlock machine, to finish the edges of the fabric so they don’t fray, and other times for a decorative effect. Now for a beginner I’d suggest getting a pair of pinking shears or using your sewing machine to finish the edges, because a serger/overlocker is pretty expensive. Also depending on what your sewing sometimes a serger is not necessary at all. There are many ways to finish your seams without serger, check out this tutorial to find out what pinking shears are in detail and how to use them and check out this tutorial where Tasha shows you how to professionally finish your seams without a serger.
4In & 8.5In Singer Comfort Grip Scissor Set, Same as number 2. plain ol’ fabric scissors. These are my very first pair of fabric shears. It came in a set with a tiny pair of snip scissors.
- Paper/pattern cutting scissors, I’m sure you’ve heard this one before. “NEVER USE YOUR FABRIC SHEARS FOR CUTTING PAPER…. EVER!” Cutting paper using your fabric shears will result in dull fabric shears, so make sure you have a pair of paper cutting scissors. You can even get them at the Dollar Store, just don’t use the fabric shears for paper.
Along with the Fabric Shears we have Snipping Tools:
- Fiskars Razor Edge Micro-Tip Easy Action Shears (6″), Now these wonderful scissors are from Walmart (regular price $17.19) but I bought them for $3.00 on clearance. I like finding deals like that! I definitely recommend these for snipping threads and also for when you don’t have enough to buy fringes you can just add your border of blue and cut in your fringes.
Pro Series Thread Snips-5″, these are my very first pair of thread snips, I do recommend you get a good pair of thread snips they help a lot instead of grabbing your big pair of fabric shears just to cut a little piece of thread.
4In & 8.5In Singer Comfort Grip Scissor Set, This is the one that came along with the pink fabric shears as shown in the cutting tools picture above.
- Now these scissors I got them at the grocery store and if there is any advise I could give you ladies it would be, never buy sewing supplies at a grocery store. I got these for $4.99 and they are the cheapest pair of sewing scissor that I have ever bought, waste of money. They’re so cheap they don’t cut through fabric, thread, or even paper, they’re just basically sitting in my sewing box as decoration. Which I don’t mind cause they are so cute, but they’re still useless.
- These are just those tiny little scissors that come with those little sewing kits like at the dollar store. I have many more of these flying around my sewing room, but its kinda hard to catch ’em.
Next I’ll Show you the marking tools:
- Tailor’s Chalk, these come in many colors, and some come with a holder/stand. Now me personally I love chalk as a marking tool because unlike marking pens most of the time you don’t have to worry about the chalk not coming off cause it just dusts off.
Dritz Quilting Chalk Cartridge Set, This is a must have for me as you can see the tailor’s chalk is still in the packaging because once I found out about the chalk pen I was in love with it! I definitely recommend this marking tool for beginners.It’s $15.99 at Joanns, but I used a coupon and only paid $9.99. It comes with the pen itself, chalk refills, and a sharpener cause after a while of using the pen the tip gets dull.
- Mark-B-Gone Marking Pen, I use this pen more for non clothing fabric (like arts and crafts) than on fabric for clothing because I was making cute nightgowns for my siblings and they where sort of ruined because the marking from the pen wouldn’t wash of even after 2 washes and hand washing so I don’t use marking pens. Cause that was sort of nightmare after all that hard work, those ugly markings that wouldn’t wash off.
Prym Dritz Dual Purpose Twin Marking Pens, again just like the Mark-B-Gone Pen I wouldn’t use this pen for clothing fabrics, after my first experience with a marking pen I wouldn’t risk that again. Now I’m not saying marking pens are horrible but just use caution when using marking pens. But I do use my marking pens for non clothing fabric crafts.
- EZ Quilting Marking Pencil Value Pack 3 pc. Washout Red, Blue & White I like chalk very much as you can see, but as for these chalk pencils for some reason I can’t get them to mark on the fabric. As you can tell their still fairly new and sharp because they just won’t leave any mark on the fabric. I really don’t know what to say about these?
- Crayola Crayons, When I began to sew I had to use what I had and that was crayons and chalkboard chalk. So as I went along sewing since the crayon has wax it wouldn’t come of but hey a lesson learned. So I would definitely recommend that you don’t use regular crayons on fabric but if you like coloring on fabric try, Crayola’s Fabric Crayons. I can’t wait to try them out!
- And lastly for the marking tools I have a sharpie, not for anything particular but you never know when you might need one. So its good to have one on hand. Sometimes chalk or a fabric marker won’t leave a mark so your last resort is for a sharpie, just make sure that the sharpie won’t be seen (unless you want it to) when your done sewing the project.
Next we also have a few randoms:
- Dressmakers Tracing Paper. Another way of marking your fabric.
- Tracing Wheel, you use this with the tracing paper
- Knitting Gauge, I’m sure I have all my knitting supplies floating around the room as you can see I have knitting supplies here and there in my sewing box.
Next we have Measuring Tools:
Sewing Gauge, I love these they’re so helpful. The little blue (left) and purple (right) sliders move to the designated measurement. Definitely a must have for your sewing kit.
- Yellow Adhesive Measuring Tape, I learned this tip from Niler Taylor on You Tube check it out Here
- Regular Ol’ Measuring Tape
- Flexible Stainless Steel Ruler, important to have if you do pattern alterations. I got it at Home Depot for about $6. Hardware stores tend to have little sewing surprises so always keep an eye out when your at the hardware store.
- More Measuring Tapes, its good to have a couple just in case you misplace one and can’t find it.
Next we have Seam Rippers:
- Singer Seam Ripper, this is my very first seam ripper.I got it at Joanns for $2.99. It’s dull now and doesn’t cut thread good anymore but that’s why I got #2
- Seam Ripper, just a plain ol’ 99¢ seam ripper from walmart. But let me say it works great! Even though it was 99¢ it does a lot better than my $2.99 Singer Seam Ripper.
- X Acto Knife, Everyone should definitely have one of these in their sewing kit. Sometimes to speed things up I’ll use an X Acto Knife in place of a traditional seam ripper. But be careful you don’t want to make a hole on your fabric.
Next in the toolbox we have Pins and Pincushions:
- Magnetic Pin Holder, never really use it but its handy to have for those little metal odds and ends.
- Pleating Pins, amazing to use obviously when your making pleats cause you can iron over them without worrying about melting the colorful ball tips.
- Singer Pearilzed Head Straight Pins On Wheel, I haven’t used these yet, I got one from my wela and one from my mom. But they’re so old I doubt they even pin good anymore.
- DIY Mason Jar Pin Cushion, Now this is just a mason jar that I got from my wela, and diy’ed it into a pin cushion. I also store all my buttons in there too, Check out this tutorial on You Tube from Clothespindolls on how to make one. I use this the most
- A Kitty Cat Pincushion I got from Wela, I love this pincushion its my all time favorite. Its also where I store my snap on wrist pin cushion #6
Singer Slap On Wrist Pin Cushion, I used to use this one alot when I began sewing, comes in real handy.
Next we have Sewing Machine Needles:
- Universal Sewing Machine Needles, the green and orange pack came with my sewing machine
- Schmetz Universal Twin Needles and the orange pack twin needles, are great for doing a coverstitch.
- Schmetz Universal Sewing Machine Needles, good to have a lot of these packs.
- Schmetz Stretch Needles, good for stretchy elastic like fabrics like spandex or lycra
- Schmetz Jersey Needles, good for knit fabrics.
Its always a good idea to have many varieties of needles on hand so that you don’t have to postpone your project or stop it all together.
Next we have Hand Sewing Needles:
- Dritz Homecraft Needles, these are very handy to have around the house. This pack includes needles for: Canvas, Carpet, Leather, Sack, Sail, and two for Upholstery.
- Leather Needles, I’ve never really used them because I haven’t yet sewn with leather, but leather is a fabric I do plan on working with in the future.
- Doll Needles, I once made dolls just for fun when I began to sew and these needles came in very handy.
- Decorators Needles, now these needles are for sewing buttons on to pillows, It’s called tufting. It gives the pillows a cute finish
- Upholstery Curved Needles, are used for slip-stitching cushions and good to have if your sofas have a rip it’s a good quick fix.
- Quilters Betweens, don’t really use them but have them just in case. For, I don’t know what but just in case.
- Basting Needles, Now these I use quite often when sewing garments. They help when basting something in place for a moment while you get the garment to the sewing machine.
Next in the toolbox we have Presser Feet:
- Brother SA 169 Walking Foot, I love this presser foot. I use it for stretch knits and stretchy fabrics in general, it helps not to get those ruffles on your fabric. Such as when you sew stretchy fabrics with a regular presser foot.
- Zipper Foot, used for sewing on zippers
- Spool Pin, for holding an extra spool of thread when your sewing with a twin needle.
- Darning Plate, for sewing on buttons with your sewing machine.
- Brother 1034D Blind Stitch Foot, creates almost invisible hems.
- Brother 104D Ruffler Foot, creates beautiful ruffles I love this foot.
Next we have: Sewing/Serger Machine Maintenance Tools:
Its important to constantly keep an eye on the maintenance of your machine for the best results on your garments. These are the tools I use to keep my machine in tip top shape. Along with some accessories for my machines.
- Dimes and pennies, Sometime there might be a screw here and there so small on your machine, and you might not have a screw driver that certain size so they tend to come in handy.
- Spool Caps, (for my serger)
- Nail Clippers, you might not believe it but it does come in handy
- An L Screw Driver, (or at least that’s what I call the tool) this is the tool I use for replacing the needles on my serger.
- Basic Screw Driver
- Magnetic Seam Guide, this little guy I don’t use that often but it was sort of a trainer for me to learn my measurements on my sewing machine. Definitely recommend one of these for a beginner, It’ll so help you with you with “Seam Allowance”.
- Bias Tape Maker, this tool/accessory helps you make bias tape in literally under 2 minutes check out this tutorial on how to use a Bias Tape Maker.
- Bodkin, this tool makes it easy to slide elastic in a casing.
- Needle Threader, good to have a couple of these on hand they tend to break easily.
- Thread Nets, (serger) I use these thread nets on my serger whenever I’m using specialty thread. Now specialty thread tends to be slippery so it tends to tangle, so the thread nets prevent that from happening
- Tweezers, these are usefull for when a string of thread gets stuck in your sewing machine and your fingers are to big to get it out. Now I got a pack of four from the dollar store years ago and decided to just add them to my sewing box when I was constantly using them for sewing purposes.
- Plastic Haired Brush, to get the lint out of your machines.
- Soft Haired Painting Brush, Now I definitely recommend a soft haired brush for removing the lint out of your sewing machine instead of a plastic haired brush. The soft haired brush just vaccumes the lint while the plastic just moves it around, and in some instances pushes the lint further into the machine which could be damaging to your machine.
- A Necchi Machine Lint Brush.
- A bigger screw driver.
- Crochet Needles, to get into those hard to reach places.
- Point Turner and Seam Creaser, this I use when I have to push out a corner on a bag or anything that requires me to push out a corner.
- Nail File, Sometimes your needle plate might get literally stabbed by the needle accidentally and make a indent on the plate causing the thread to sometimes tangle. So a nail file will sand down the the edge a make it smooth again.
Next we have: Seam and Button Finishes:
- Fray Check, now I don’t really use fray check because the smell is so strong! I would always get headaches every time I used it but I wouldn’t really get rid of it because you never know when you might need it.
- Clear Nail Polish, I always have a bottle of this on hand when ever sewing buttons. I just dab a little (very little) on the top of the button where the thread is exposed, so that it will last on the shirt a lot longer.
Next we have: Sewing/Serger Machine Oil
For general sewing machine maintenance and less household hinge squeakiness everyone should have a bottle of sewing machine oil or hinge oil. Also if it gets kinda hard to ‘open and close’ your scissors put a little dab on the screw and in between where the scissors are rubbing against each other and viola! Your scissors can open and close smoothly. Just don’t forget to wipe the excess oil off the scissors so the oil doesn’t go everywhere.
Lastly we have just Random Its and Bits In My Sewing Kit:
- Hilo De Pasteles, now if you don’t know what Pasteles are your missing out on a lot, Its a dish from the Tribe of Ephraim. Its so delicious.They’re many way to make pasteles, anyways I use the hilo for when I’m gathering fabric. It just makes gathering the fabric so much easier.
- Pattern Weights, I made these from a tutorial by The Crafty Gemini.
- Clover Knitting Row Counter, Before I began sewing I was an avid knitter so this is one thing from my knitting kit that I (don’t know why) but I keep in my sewing kit.
- Hooks and Eyes
Well that’s about it for my sewing box,
Thanks for watching!!
But wait there’s more…..
Check out some great videos for more inspiration/ideas on storing your sewing supplies!
- Niler Taylor
- BritxBrat2Fashion: Essentials (Designer Kit)
- DIY with Manneken: Spanish*
- Katherina Uton: Spanish*
- pinafili: Spanish*
- BrotesdeCreatividad: Spanish*
- WendyByDesign: Sewing Tools MUST HAVES My Top 3
- 1mits1 “Things you will need to be a real sewer”
Shalom! Until Next Time!