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Basic Sewing Supplies for Absolute Beginners

Everyone should have some basic sewing skills and own some basic sewing supplies. A tiny rip in a hem, or loose button, should never result in a discarded garment. Review some basic sewing tips if you forget how to sew on a button because minor issues are easy to fix, as long as you simply own a needle and some thread. To make a simple sewing and/or mending kit, start with a lidded container to hold everything in. You need a basic set of sewing
needles with one or two, each, of small, medium and large needles. If you plan on doing anything complicated, such as sewing leather, remember that there are special needles made specifically for leather and such. Throw a pair of sharp
scissors and a
measuring tape into your sewing kit. Add some black and white spools of
thread, and think about purchasing a couple of other assorted colors. Examine your wardrobe to determine what colors are used the most and buy thread that matches. You need lots of
pins, and a few safety pins, to help with almost any sewing project besides basic mending. The best sewing kits contain either a
pincushion or magnetic pin dish to hold all your pins. This not only prevents a mess, it rescues your fingers from those sharp pointed ends. It never hurts to include a
seam ripper, a
thimble and some tracing paper in your sewing kit. Include some
tailor's chalk and/or marking pens made specifically for clothes, so the marks can be washed out when the garment is finished. You're now ready for any little sewing
Sewing machines are wonderfully handy items, assuming you actually know how to use them. Regular needles are not meant for sewing machines, so be sure to buy a supply of needles made specifically for the brand of sewing machine you'll be using. You can use
thread from your basic sewing kit or buy a whole new supply specifically for your sewing machine. Just make sure you have plenty of whatever thread you plan on using. You'll need the extra to thread the smaller spool, called a bobbin, which goes in the arm of the machine.
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