There are so many tools for sewing wither by hand or using a machine and when you enter the shop you might feel confused of what to choose, don’t get me wrong, I am not a sewing machine expert but please follow the below list and you’ll have an easy start:
Scissors for fabric use only
You may want to get a pair of classic tailor scissors but I personally find them a little heavy, especially for beginners. There are lighter versions out there that might make you feel more comfortable while using them. The important thing is that they stand right into your hand and that you use them to cut fabric only, no paper or other materials, otherwise they will get ruined and give you troubles.
A pair of small scissors
This is a tool that you can also decide to avoid if you feel the need to, as they are not as essential as the other elements on the list. They come in handy though for very small spaces where you need to cut threads or spare fabric.
A nice, simple cutting mat
If you are using your dinning table or worst, cutting on the floor, you might be concerned of first always cleaning up the surface very good before placing the fabric on it and second, that you might actually seriously damage your table or parquet. That is why you need to invest in getting a cutting mat for yourself. There are different sizes out there but remember, if you cut big pieces, you will need to move the small mat around very often and it will be a burden for you, while if you have a big mat, you will not face this issue. It is true that they cost more, but that is why it is called an investment.
Some marking tools
There are so many options that you can decide to use, depending on which one feels more appropriate to your style and your personal approach. You can choose between carbon, chalks, roller chalk or washable pens, you decide!
An exact measuring tape
You will definitely need to have a very accurate measuring tape that has to be flexible. Be aware of some very cheap ones you find in the market that do not have an accurate starting point. It will not serve you at all.
Lots of pins in a pin holder
You will need to use lots of pins after cutting the fabric to put the pieces together before sewing them. Colorful glass head ones are very useful because you will be able to spot them due to the colors and you will not risk to have any of them melt in your fabric in case you mistakenly leave one while ironing. You can use the old classic cushion to bring them together, but some prefer a magnetic pin holder because it also helps you to gather them from all over the working place.
Lots of different sized needles
You will need lots of needles because they break or get lost. Different sizes work for different thicknesses of fabrics so you’d better get fully equipped when you start sewing. Along the way, you will realize which type is the most common used from you and try to have spare quantities of them rather than sizes you don’t use.
These will be the fundamental tools you will need for sure, but there are also other ones like, paper, carbon paper, pencils etc. that get useful for your sewing projects.