Top 10 Essential Sewing Supplies/Tools for Beginners

My last blog was an introduction to sewing for beginner’s series, which I hope will be a guide to sewing for beginners. It will focus on everything you need to get started sewing as a beginner. Before you start sewing, there are some basic things you are going to need in order to get started with your projects. In this blog, I have put together a list of sewing essentials needed in your sewing arsenal for beginners.

First, you’re going to need some basic supplies like fabric, thread, a seam ripper, pins, scissors, and bobbins. Those are some of the most basic supplies needed and of course there are so many more things you could buy as you go, and as you increase your expertise. For more details on what you’ll need to get started sewing, continue reading…

If you have done things in the correct order, you’ve got that machine first and you are ready to get started sewing. You know you’re going to need some sewing supplies in order to get going, but what do you need? There are so many gadgets and notions such as bobbins and seam rippers, measuring tapes and chalk pencils, scissors, pins and so much more. And that’s not to mention all the fabric you need if you are going the conventional sewing route.

So how do you know what to get? It can be intimidating when you don’t know what you are doing as you get started sewing, but it doesn’t have to be difficult. There are a handful of sewing supplies that you will want to have on hand before you get started. Then you can build up other accessories as you go.


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  • Scissors:

A great pair of scissors is a must have when sewing. These will need to be fabric only scissors, meaning you don’t use them for anything else not even cutting your patterns and paper. This will keep them sharp and will be perfect for cutting your fabric. 

This is the scissors I recommend. They are inexpensive and do a great job at cutting.

  • Pins

Another very basic and important supply that you will need are some pins. Never skimp on pins, you need lots of them. I really like these glass head pins with large heads on them so that they are easy to grab like these ones. And you will want a pin cushion or a nice container of some sort to keep them on. I have seen a few magnetic one because it’s easy to grab them and put them back without too much effort. I am going to invest in a magnetic plate myself. It will save me the trouble of picking pins on the floor after I am done with a project.

  • Seam Ripper

This is one tool I do not like very much but it is absolutely important because you are going to make mistakes even if you are not a beginner. Mistakes are part of the sewing and learning process. Get used to it! The first seam ripper I had came with the accessories box in my sewing machine. I love this one because it’s large enough for your hands to comfortably hold and the top is designed to help you grab the little threads and get them out of there. Let me know in the comments if you want a blog post on how to use a seam ripper. It has more than one purpose.

  • Bobbins

Bobbins are the part of your thread that comes up from the bottom. You will always need one in your machine, but the truth is, it’s a pain to wind new bobbin every time. The mistake I made when starting out was not having enough bobbins, so I had to wind the bobbin frequently. So, you will want a pack of bobbins so that you can keep them in all the colors of your thread and not have to wind new ones with each project. Every machine uses a different type-some metal and some plastic. So double check your user’s manual before you order. But these are my favorites.

  • Thread

Thread kind of goes without saying. You will always want a matching thread colour of what you are sewing. The more you sew, you will eventually end up with a pretty wide variety of thread. So don’t go out yet buying all the colours of thread you find. Start with white and black for sure and maybe get a handful of other colors to get you going. Then as you buy fabric for new projects, make sure that you grab matching thread.

  • Measuring Tape

Measure twice and sew once they say. You need to take correct measurements and you need a proper tool for that, this is essential to avoid frustration in your early days of sewing. It’s a cheap addition to your sewing supplies stash and will come in handy all the time. Here is the one I like.

  • Fabrics

The fun part! Obviously, you are going to need fabric in order to get started sewing right? But where to even begin!? Don’t worry, over time you will build up your fabric stash so that you have more fabric than you can possibly use. Honestly, you will join the fabric hoarding club of other sewist or seamstress out there. Because buying fabric is fun. If you need help on how to buy fabric, my next blog will focus on different types of fabrics and how to buy fabrics.

  • Sewing Machine Needles

having a few extra sewing machine needles always comes in handy because they WILL break occasionally and it’s a pain if you have to run out to the store to get new ones all the time. Check which kind your machine needs, but these are likely to work. Don’t forget they come in different sizes.

  • Notions and Fasteners

Those are the basics that I’ve already covered. Those are things that you really need to get in order to get started sewing. However, many beginner projects might include things like

  •  Elastic
  • Zippers
  • Bias Tape
  • Velcro
  • Buttons
  • Snap clips

But you do not need to stress about these things in bulk at the beginning, you will acquire them as you sew along and on a project base.

  • Cutting and pattern making tools

Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat are optional by great tools to have in hand. They are good for cutting slippery materials like chiffon and silk, or heavy and thick fabrics. When I have buying tools as a beginner, I got a rotary cutter, but I still do not have a cutting mat. Lol! I will get one soon I promise.

Hopefully, this list of sewing supplies (sewing tools and equipment) helps you get going on your journey to learn to sew! Click on the highlighted links to purchase the

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