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Sewing is Fun: The Basic Tools you will start with

Just like any hobby, sewing can have a whole room full of tools, and boxes full of material, cottons, bobbins, ribbons, lace and elastic.

There are Basic Tools you will have to have if you want to take on the sewing hobby.

This is the core tools that you will use every day and every time you sew.

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Basic Sewing Tools

As you will see on the photo, these are the tools I use daily, and boy are they used!

Now I am sure your first question will be: “What is the tin of tuna doing with the sewing tools!” 🙂

Well, the tuna is not in case you get hungry…

Tuna tins make ideal weights to keep your material down when you use your rotary cutter to cut material!  I have a selection of 5 tins ranging from a few months old to about 19 yrs… – Please do not attempt to open and eat –  You will die instantly! 

Where to Start collecting your Sewing Tools

  1. First you will need a good size table to work on. If you can have your own table rather than the dining room table – Perfect.  If you are in the lucky position to choose a table of your own, you should opt for a table of which either the length or the width is at least 1.5 m as most of the rolls of material for clothing and crafts are the average width of between 1.2 m and 1.4 m.
  2. Your second purchase (depending on what you can afford first) will be the plastic sheet you will use to cut on, with your rotary cutter –  available from most larger sewing suppliers. Cut this sheet to exactly the same size as your cutting table.  I leave my cutting sheet on my table even when I cut with a pair scissors.  Actually I do most of my crafts with the sheet on the table.  You can turn the sheet over once the one side have too many cutting marks.  It cleans off easily with water and detergent, should you mess paint or glue on your sheet while doing other hobbies.
  3. There are two sizes of rotary cutters to choose from.  The large blade rotary cutter is perfect for clothing and larger projects and the small blade rotary cutter is useful when you cut smaller objects, tiny circles and narrow corners.  For fashion sewing you should never need the smaller blade rotary cutter.  I would buy the large blade rotary cutter for fashion sewing, to start with.
  4. Invest in a really good pair of Sewing Scissors.  Never cut anything else with that scissors – no paper etc.  Promise your whole household what would happen to them if they dare touch your pair of sewing scissors! I have been using the same orange Wilkinson Sword Scissors for the past +- 30 years.  😉
  5. Quality, long, thin, sharp pins are essential to have for every project you attempt.
  6. You will use the short ruler guide when measuring hems and the distance between buttonholes etc.  The longer metal ruler comes in handy when you have measure straight longer distances and draw lines on the material.
  7. Buy a selection of needles for handsewing as well variety of the different needles you will need for your sewing machine and overlocker.  The Universal needles are for woven materials (cottons, linens, polyesters etc.)  the Stretch needles are used for cotton knits, jerseys and all stretchy materials.
  8. It is a good idea to have a Stretch Double needle 4.0mm width available to insert hems on T-shirts, lycras, tracksuits and other stretchy items.
  9. The tape measure should be of a soft plastic with good measurement markings. It should start 0 and not on 1 cm and end at least 150cm.
  10. The watersoluble ink marker is used to trace markers and notches onto the fabric. It rinses very easily and will disappear by wetting it thoroughly.
  11. Last but definitely not least is the handy unpicking tool.  Great to use when you have to unpick any seams (mistakes and oopsies) as well as to cut open sewn buttonholes.


 Get all your Basic Sewing Tools ready, together with your cleaned and serviced sewing machine and/or overlocker.

Let’s Start Sewing!