Hi creative people! It's me, Anna, from Noodlehead. I'm happy that Chris asked me to join in on the Sewing 101 fun. I don't claim to be any sort of expert over here, but I do hope that this post will help you out, especially on your next trip to the craft store!
I'm hoping this will be a great resource for those of you new to sewing (and maybe some of you that aren't so new). Here are a few of the supplies I keep on hand at all times (hopefully). I used to find myself going to the craft store/fabric store all the time to buy basic stuff, but now that I know what things I typically make, I keep those ready to use in my sewing area. Just a few other notes, I always try and find a coupon to Hobby Lobby, Hancock fabrics (or Joanns), and Michaels when I know I need something. It's also a good idea to be sure to stock up on thread and maybe even some buttons you like when they go on sale at 50% off.
Here's what a find myself using over and over again:
- Extra rotary cutter blades. I purchase mine at Michaels with a 40% off coupon.
- 45mm Rotary Cutter. I didn't picture the self healing mat, but you must have one to use with the rotary cutter, they come in lots of different sizes, but use a coupon!
- Smaller scissors for detail work.
- General scissors. I do have a pair of dressmaking shears (scored big time as a gift), but I use the ones pictures here for everything, even cutting paper
- Seam ripper. Enough said.
- Needles. I've been known to go through 4 needles on a single step of a project before, so be sure to have a package handy. I use 11 most often, but 14 and 16 are nice for making bags, etc. Also pick up a few ballpoint needles for using when sewing with knits.
- Zipper foot! My friend. Also for making piping.
- Darning foot. For free motion quilting. I've used these on napkins, etc. You can do really cool stuff with this foot, just think of it as sketching with thread.
- Walking foot. Definitely buy one of these if you plan on making any quilts. It allows the fabric to feed through evenly, even when there are many layers. I use mine on bags, etc. as well.
- Chop stick, for poking out corners.
- Water soluble pen.
- Small flat head screwdriver for tightening the feet on my machine.
- Fray check.
- Elastic thread.
- Pins, definitely buy the nicest ones you can afford, it makes it so much easier to push through fabrics.
- Bobbins. Keep a few extras on hand. I rotate with about 8 bobbins, a must when you make a lot of different project.
- Clear grid ruler. It would also be a good idea to get one of those handy suction cup handles to make sure your fingers stay out of the way of your rotary cutter.
- Glue gun.
- Elastic. Sizes ranging from 1/4" to 1" in width.
- Spray starch.
- Velcro. I have 3/4" and it seems to work well for a lot of different projects.
- Safety pin. For pushing elastic through a waistband casing.
- Needle for hand sewing.
- Twill tape. I think it can add a lot of detail to a project as well as being useful for a 1001 other things.
- Spray adhesive. I used mine for my mail organizer, but I've also heard of people using it with making cards with fabric scraps.
- Cotton webbing. Fun for tote bags and more, lots of fun colors to choose from.
- Grommets. I like the special touch it adds to projects. I have 7/16" and 3/8"
- Thread, lots of it, especially white, cream, brown. I like to use 100% cotton thread for quilting.
- Magnetic snaps. For purses, clutches, etc. I buy mine from BeingBags on etsy.
- Zippers, my favorite notion. I only keep 14" and 8" zippers on hand. If I need another length or an invisible zipper I make sure to buy it on my next trip to the store. I buy mine at Zipit on etsy.
- Snaps/snap setter. I use this brand, I really like the variety they have. Size 16 covers most projects I've made.
- Medium weight fusible interfacing. I also have a bit of lightweight interfacing. And it is handy to have some Peltex around (double sided fusible heavyweight interfacing).
- Iron on adhesive, great for applique. I have Heat n Bond, but I think Wonder Under is the same stuff?
- Fusible fleece. Great for bags, zippered pouches, give a nice padded effect and gives body.
- Cotton quilt batting.
- Polyester fill. For making softies, your own pillow forms, etc.
- Muslin. I use a lot for lining pillows and this is another one for 1001 other uses.
- Plain cotton canvas, great to use as a sew in interfacing for bags., etc.
I'm sure there are some goodies I forgot, so please feel free to leave any of your favorite essentials in the comments section! I also want to note that these are the items I regularly use. I did not receive any monetary compensation (or otherwise) for my opinion on any of these products.
Thank you Anna! I think we all have a few things we need to add to our shopping list. Love those 40% off coupons.