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A Guide to Your Sewing Kit Essentials

BarefootBella-41Every home should have a basic sewing kit at the ready for those times when you need to sew on a quick button or fix a ripped seam.  By having a sewing kit with all of your basic sewing essentials in one place, you can be ready for any small sewing emergency which might crop up at any time.

The first thing you will need to have is a sewing kit case itself.  Many people prefer to use a fishing tackle box because they give you a lot of small compartments to store your various items in.  By having many compartments you can keep your sewing kit in order and free from clutter.

Once you have your sewing box, it is time to start acquiring the necessary basics you will need to sew.  There are a few things that every sewing kit should have.  They are:

Sharp Scissors

Using dull scissors is one of the most frustrating things you can do when you are sewing.  Dull scissors make your project much harder than it needs to be.  A good quality pair of very sharp scissors will save you a ton of frustration and time.  Your projects will also turn out better and have cleaner lines to them.  Having a sharp pair of scissors available without having to hunt around the house for them is a must for any sewing basket.

A Variety of Pins and Needles

What you will be sewing dictates which needles you will need.  Needles come in a variety of sizes and sharpness to be used with different fabric types.  In your sewing box you will want to have very sharp needles and some which are blunt ended.  You will also want to have large needles and small ones.  In addition to needles you will want to have plenty of pins to use to hold things together while you are sewing them.

Magnetic Pin Holder

Rather than a traditional fabric pin cushion, a magnetic pin holder can make your use of pins and needles easier.  Also, when you are finished for the day, you can simply wave your magnetic pin holder over your work area and attract up all of the stray pins before they end up on the floor and in someone’s foot.  A magnetic pin holder is a staple for any sewing basket.

Threads

No sewing basket is complete without threads.  You will want a selection of a variety of colors and thread weights.  The last thing you want to do is find yourself needing to sew on a dark button and only having white thread to do it with.  Many stores sell a package of small spools of various thread colors.  In addition, there is some wonderful denim thread available if you will be sewing on jeans.

Stitch Gage

A stitch gage looks like a small ruler with a sliding gage on it.  The stitch gage is used to help you measure and also to help you sew straight seams and hems every single time.

Taylor’s Chalk

Taylor’s chalk is a must for making markings on your fabric and cutting out patterns.  The chalk is easily removed from your final product

Anti-Fray Solution

Anti-fraying solution can be applied to the edges of your fabric to keep it from fraying while you work with it.  The solution resembles super glue and can safely be used on most fabrics.

Pinking Shears

Pinking shears are a special type of scissors which cut fabric so that the edges are zigzagged.  This zigzagging keeps fragile fabric edges from fraying.  If you will be working with a fabric with a tendency to fray, such as satin, you will find that pinking shears make your life a whole lot easier.

Elastic Puller

Elastic pullers are used to pull elastic through casings in your projects.  They are very inexpensive and indispensable if you will be working with elastics.

If you take the time to stock your sewing basket with the above items, you will be ready for any sewing emergency or project.  And, you can be the hero of the house when a button falls off ten minutes before your family leaves for a special occasion.

15 Sewing Tips to Save Time and Money

I still remember the excitement of my first sewing course. I made a skirt for my young daughter and was thrilled everytime she wore it. Since then I have enjoyed collecting sewing hints to save time and money.

Here are few of tips that I would like to share with you:

1. Before discarding pants, cut off the belt loops and use to sew on the inside of children’s coats and jackets for a coat loop. No more fallen coats at school.

2. Before sewing on buttons, tape each one where it belongs with a strip of transparent tape. After the first stitches are made you can remove the tape.

3. To avoid pinholes when hemming delicate garments, mark the hemline with tailor’s chalk and use clips to hold the fold in place.

4. Prevent future errors in sewing by slipping a memo into individual patterns explaining any size alterations or changes for that item.

5. Prevent fraying by reinforcing the hems with a row of zigzag stitching in a matching or contrasting color.

6. Sew a large button on each end of the drawstring on pajamas and sweat suits. This will keep the string from disappearing.

7. Keep a spool of clear nylon thread on hand. Because it is transparent it will pick up the color of the fabric. This will also work when a bobbin runs out and the spool is almost empty; just put the clear thread on your bobbin.

8. Place a thin sheet of foam rubber under your sewing machine’s foot pedal to prevent it from sliding around when you use it on an uncarpeted surface.

9. Store a magnet in your sewing basket to attract loose pins and attach one to your sewing machine to hold extra needles. If you glue a small magnet to the end of a wooden yardstick you won’t have to bend over to pick up any pins that fall on the floor.

10. Thoroughly washed and cleaned mascara brushes can be used to clean the crevices of your sewing machine.

11. When letting down a garment hem you can diminish the crease by applying white vinegar to the wrong side of the fabric and steam press it.

12. Try this economical substitute for custom-cut table pads: Place a quilted mattress cover over your table top and trim with scissors for a custom fit. You’ll have a sturdy, heat-absorbent table pad to protect the finish of your table.

13. For a substitute needle threader: push the needle through a sheet of white paper, the eye will be easier to see.

14. When shopping for accessories for a recent sewing project, staple a small fabric sample to an index card and carry it with you to the stores.

15. To organize loose buttons: String them on twist ties and twist the ends together for an easy way to store them.

Sewing can be a fun hobby and also a great skill to have throughout life.  Getting started can be easy, just buy a beginners sewing kit with all the necessary tools included and you can get started today.

Sewing Tips for Every Beginner

Sewing can be a very rewarding hobby to take up.  You can sew everything from clothing to bedding and other household decorative items.  By learning basic sewing you can ensure that when your button pops off, or your hem comes out of your pants, that you can quickly and easily fix it.  You just need a beginners sewing kit to get you started.

When we were growing up most of our mothers and grandmothers knew how to sew.  As clothing has become cheaper and cheaper, sewing has become almost a lost art amongst the younger generations.  Thankfully, the past few years has seen resurgence in sewing and other handcrafts.  This is leading to a new availability of information on how to sew and supplies to learn to sew with.

Sewing requires a unique set of skills.  These skills are not complicated to learn, but there is a definite learning curve in learning to sew.  If you jump in with both feet without a few basics you are surely setting yourself up to fail.  The best way to develop your sewing skills is to start slow, learn, and work your way up to more complex projects as time goes on and you learn what you are doing.

The first step in starting to sew is to gather up all of the items you need to complete your project.  Get out your sewing machine booklet and thread your machine.  Make sure, before you ever even attempt a project, that your machine is threaded correctly and working well.  This will save you a ton of frustration.

If you will be sewing something from a pattern, take the time to read through all of the instructions and make sure that you clearly understand them.  Make sure to read and understand everything before you start to cut out your fabric.  Remember that once you cut your fabric it will be in pieces and you can’t just re-cut it.

Before you work with your fabric, make sure you wash and dry it.  This will ensure that your finished project will not shrink when you first wash it.  Once it dries you will want to iron it out.  Once your fabric is washed, dried, and ironed, then you can pin your pieces to the fabric and cut them out.  Cut all of your pieces out using the sharpest pair of scissors you can find.  Using sharp scissors cuts down on frustration and keeps your fabric looking good at the edges.

When you first start sewing you will want to baste your pattern pieces together with long hand stitches.  This allows you to see how your project will look once you have sewn it together on your machine.  And, it allows you to make adjustments much more easily if you should happen to need to.  One good tip here is to use a bright colored thread for basting.  This will allow you to easily remove it once your project is sewn together.

The most important thing for you to remember when you first start sewing is that “Rome was not built in a day.”  Start with a very simple project and take your time.  Then start a more complex project and take some time to learn a new skill or two when completing it.  As you progress through your various projects you will feel more and more confident in your sewing abilities.  After all, you are learning to sew because it is functional and fun!