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Sewing For Beginners: The Essential Toolkit

So you’ve taken up sewing! Maybe you saw a stunning gown on a Parisian catwalk and were struck by inspiration, or maybe you decided to relieve some stress and exercise your creativity by taking up a new hobby. Whether you are an aspiring designer or a casual hobbyist, everyone starts somewhere, and here at Fred’s Haberdashery, we have everything you need to get your fingers flying as your creations come to life.

Sewing is such a relaxing and fulfilling activity. There is almost no end to what you can do with a needle and some thread, your only limit is your imagination. Consider altering or tailoring your own clothing, to fashioning keepsakes such as quilts or embroidered mementos. You’ve seen the YouTube tutorials on sewing for beginners, and you’ve just about got the lingo down, but where to start? Follow our handy guide for some helpful tips and tricks to get you sewing in no time.

Consider Finances

First, you need to decide on your budget. There’s a big difference between starting with a few needles and some fabric and investing in your first machine. Though if you are planning any large or time-consuming projects, it is well worth investing in a good machine.

Think About Projects

Try to start fairly small! Trying to select an easy pattern can be a little overwhelming, so try to look out for straight lines. Think about projects which don’t have added frills or intricate stitching or bead work. Smaller projects you may want to consider could be altering or repairing an item of clothing, or look at household items you may enjoy creating.

Choosing Your Supplies

When you’ve picked your project, pick your sewing supplies. Consider any fabrics you may need, as some fabrics may need a specific type of needle or thread.

Find a Sewing Circle

Look into groups or classes, too. If you are really serious about perfecting your craft, you may be interested in looking into joining a group. You will be able to find sewing groups suitable for your level of expertise and local to you, through a quick internet search. A group can be useful as you will have an instructor to help guide you through more challenging projects. Alternatively, pop into our store and ask one of our experts!

Your Essential Tool Kit

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It’s time to think about a few essential tools. There is a special tool out there to tackle almost any job, but as you’re starting out, you’ll find you only need a few essentials to get by. A few things you’ll definitely want in your ‘sewing for beginners’ arsenal are:

  • Quality fabric shears. There’s nothing quite as frustrating as fraying a lovely piece of fabric with dull scissors. Invest in a good pair of shears and keep them specifically for your sewing projects to avoid them dulling prematurely or spreading dirt.
  • A seam picker. If you’re planning to alter or up-cycle clothing, a seam picker will save you time.
  • Fabric chalk. Chalk or another type of washable marker is an indispensable tool for neatly and clearly marking out patterns.
  • Embroidery scissors are an extremely useful piece of kit. They are perfect for making a clean cut which won’t fray, and their characteristic narrow blades mean they can be precise in even the smallest spaces.
  • Pinking shears can be lifesavers when using a fabric with unfinished edges. They don’t actually prevent fraying, but the zig-zag pattern they produce does restrict the amount your fabric can fray, which results in a neater end product.
  • A tape measure is perhaps the most crucial tool and will probably be your most used item in your sewing career!
  • A Pin Holder. Pins, despite being incredibly useful, can have a mind of their own and given half a chance will wind up in the oddest of places. To avoid them accidentally jabbing you in the fingers every time you reach into your sewing box, it’s a good plan to invest in a pincushion or a magnetic pin holder to avoid them going astray.
  • Thimbles. Unfortunately, you are working with sharp objects, so it goes without saying really that at some point you may catch yourself in the finger. Reduce the risk of this by using a thimble.

Looking for Advice?

Are you looking into sewing for beginners? You don’t have to go it alone. Our expert team can help advise you on all matters sewing, so don’t hesitate to pop in or give us a call on 01246 204504 and we’ll be more than happy to help!