Essential Sewing Equipment

Basic Equipment:

These are the basic equipment you need and also the most important. These include:

  • Sewing Machine – This is probably the most important piece of equipment one will own. It is a machine used to sew larger projects such as bags, blankets clothes rather than smaller projects, which can be accomplished easily by hand sewing.
  • Shears (fabric scissors) – These are scissors, which should only be used for cutting fabric. It can cut through multiple layers of fabric but by using it for other purposes can dull-down the scissors.
  • Measuring tape – This is used for measuring the amount of fabric one needs. It is especially useful for clothes to ensure a perfect fit. Without this, the result will be uneven and unprofessional.Lamp – This, or any other light source, is essential to sewing. If there isn’t good lighting, it’s impossible to witness everything that’s going on, therefore making the project prone to mistakes.
  • Pen – A water-soluble pen or a chalk is best. It is used for marking measurements to improve accuracy.

Must-Haves:

These are the equipment that is still extremely important and almost every sewer should own, but one can sew without it:

  • Seam Gauge – This ensures accuracy when pressing pleats or hems.
  • Pin and Pincushion – Pins are important to keep the fabric in place to prevent it from moving all around, making it prone to accidents like sewing the fabric in the wrong place. A pincushion is important so that one can easily stick the pin back without it going anywhere and to prevent injuries.
  • Iron and ironing board – Not only does ironing the fabric make it neater, it also makes sewing easier. If a fabric is all crinkled up, once it gets straightened out it could be sewed wrong.
  • Rotary cutter – This makes cutting out certain shapes or patterns much easier than scissors. It also comes with replaceable blades in case it gets blunt.
  • Self-healing mat – This is usually used with the rotary cutter. If a slit it made, it immediately forms back into a normal mat unlike a normal mat, which would just stay damaged. This is a life-saver when it comes to using cutters.
  • Seam Ripper – Used to clean up mistakes. It is in a shape similar to a needle to pick away at the seams

Extra Equipment:

These are equipment that makes one’s sewing life changing. However, it isn’t as important as the other equipment listed above and one can certainly sew without these. The equipment includes:

  • Thread snips – To cut loose threads or after finishing up and tying a knot, it can cut off the excess thread.
  • Extra sewing machine needles – Machine needles can break.
  • Hand sewing needles – In most projects, it requires a little bit of hand-sewing.
  • Ruler – Used for measurements but not completely essential because a seam gauge can also double up as a ruler. However, it can only double up as a ruler to measure small amount so having a large ruler is handy.
  • Dressform – When making dresses or skirts, it’s best to have some sort of “model” to work on, to ensure accuracy and to make sure the elastic (if any) works well.