Need to create your own patterns? Sewing is an activity that not only keeps you busy but also improves your fashion and design skills. As a matter of fact, sewing your won patterns will let the world come face to face with your creativity and talent.
So, for you to get started on your sewing venture, you need to have every tools ready. From the needle, to the sewing machine, to the fabric, you name it. However, once you’ve chosen your sewing machine there is a host of extra kit you’ll need before you get started with your sewing.
The kit should consist of but not limited to;
- Two (or more) pairs of scissors
One of the most important pair is the Bent-handled shears. This pair of scissors are used to for cutting fabric. The scissor’s lower blade is angled so that it allows fabric to lie flat while it’s being cut. This pair of scissors should however not be used to cut paper since it is strictly designed for cutting fabric.
The other important choice of scissors will be a sewing scissors. This pair of scissors is smaller in size and is normally used for trimming facings and seams.
- Tape measure
Any ‘fashionista’ knows that a tape measure is a must have when sewing. The tape is used to ensure that you have the right measurements during your entire sewing process.
- Fabric marker
Before you can begin sewing, you will need a fabric marking tool to mark where you will be reinforcing the seams. Since time immemorial, tailor chalk blocks are the most reliable fabric marking tools. Fortunately, the tailor chalk markings are easily removable by brushing off the fabric, the stain should be least of your worries.
Sewing entails joining different fabric pieces together. So, to make the process less hectic, pins will play a very vital role in ensuring that the fabrics are joined together. However, if you are dealing with the finest fabrics or the most delicate ones, it is wise for you to invest in finer sewing pins that will not damage the fabric. Moreover, pins that come with colorful plastic heads are the best to use because they are easy to pick up once they fall on the floor.
- Seam ripper
According to big shots in the sewing world like, patron couture, you are bound to make a few mistakes here and there when sewing. Therefore, to undo seams that are poorly sown, you will need a seam ripper. The seam ripper (which is also known as Quick unpick) is a very useful tool that is normally used to open up poorly sewn seams and buttonholes.
- Sewing machine needles
You should always choose your sewing machine needles depending on the texture or type of fabric you are sewing. Tougher fabrics will require thicker and stronger needles while lighter fabrics require finer needles.
- An iron and ironing board
After sewing in your seams, you will need a hot iron to press the seams and leave them looking perfect. At the end of the day a beautifully sewn garment should be finalized by pressing (or ironing).