Supply List for a New Sewer

I received a sewing machine for Christmas and was hoping someone could provide me a basic list of things I'll need to get started. What are the necessary items for a new sewer? Thank you in advance.


By barb from Mountaindale, NY

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

You need a good pair of bent handle scissors (I prefer Fiskars), some pinking shears, tape measure, a large quantity of straight pens, seam ripper, various types of machine needles. You'll need something to mark. I use dry soap scraps. And I would advise anyone to get a good sewing book. I still use my McCall's book from the 60s or 70s. I can't even remember when I got it. Your book will have a more complete list of supplies. I'm sure I forgot something. Enjoy!

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

My opinion is it depends on what you are going to be sewing. I have never had all of the supplies listed in sewing books or even what the Home Ec. teachers in high school recommended. I know one lady that instead of pins uses water glasses to hold patterns on the fabric, which I think would be really awkward, but she swear by it.


For marking I use the old fashioned tailor's tacks that I was taught in Home Ec. class back in the 50s. If you are cutting basic quilt squares(nothing fancy) what I do is cut a piece of cardboard the size of squares I want, and lay them on the fabric and just use a ball point pen to draw around them, it works for me. I never use pinking shears, I have learned other ways of finishing seams that are much more professional, probably take more time, but you can't teach an old dog new tricks. lol

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks so much for all the input. Off to the fabric store I go.

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January 13, 20100 found this helpful

You need some electric scissors, weights to hold patterns in place from fabric store. They are round in a small plastic container, a very good light on or near the machine, on folding tables, one for the machine, one to use for cutting out items, a box near the machine to hold small items, (shoe box) markers, bobbins, needles & etc,patterns for what you will be making, a box for patterns, a box for thread & etc, I use chalk for a marker, I got a 3 clear plastic box container with wheels at Dollar store to hold thread, buttons, measuring tape.


You'll also need a 3 feet ruler & ironing board. If you want to make money sewing, just put ad in paper or a sign out front,"I sew". You will have plenty of work, keep us posted on your work, good luck.

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January 15, 20100 found this helpful

I just remembered some rather off beat things I use. First, I have tweezers. I used to make a lot of Barbie clothes for friends who had girls but didn't sew. My hands are large and I have trouble turning the sleeves on doll clothes so I stuck a pair of tweezers in my sewing stuff. I also use a wooden spoon when I make pillows. When I turn them after stitching I just push the spoon inside and it helps to flatten the corners and make them smooth.

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