Sewing Accessories for All Sewing Rooms
If you have just invested in a new sewing machine, or found a good one through a secondhand dealer, it is likely that you have dreams of all sorts of wonderful projects floating around your head. Before you get too into those daydreams, however, you have to stop and consider the additional sewing accessories required to make those clothes, quilts, curtains, pillows, toys, and other crafty and creative goods.
Visualize the Working Area
Most of the time, people new to sewing have to set aside a special work area in which to do their new hobby.
They will make room for a small table or desk to hold the sewing machine, maybe they will install a good lamp and put up a bulletin board for notes and images meant to inspire, but they may forget all of the other essential sewing accessories.
A detailed list of the absolute "must haves" includes:
- Pins - sewers are often asked to piece things together, and the only reliable method for doing this is with straight pins of various kinds.
- Pin Cushion - It is not wise to let pins sit in containers in which they are easily spilled. The classic pin cushion is the better method of keeping pins together, but you can also use magnets or other specialty products.
- Thread - One of the best words of advice is to invest in high quality thread. It will rarely fail you and it will create less lint and more consistent stitches and bobbins.
- Thread holder - Do yourself a favor and invest in a wall-mounted thread holder that will allow bobbins and spools of all sizes to sit in plain sight and easy accessibility.
- Shears, snips, seam rippers - This is another time to invest in the best items possible. Buy good cutting shears, excellent snips, and the best seam ripper you can find. Then be sure they are stowed in a way that protects the blades, and your fingers.
- Cutting equipment - If you are quilting, you must get yourself a self-healing mat and rotary cutter. Even if you are making garments or other crafts, however, this gear is very handy.
- Iron and ironing board - All sewing projects end up asking for seams and pressing to be done. Just invest in a good iron that can steam the materials and a reliable and stable ironing board.
- Measuring tapes and rules - A classic soft measuring tape is essential, but you also want sewing accessories like sheer cutting guides and measures to help with precise angles or specific measurements.
- Marking tools - There are easy to erase chalks and markers that make it easy to transfer pattern markings to the fabrics. These are sewing accessories that come in handy more times than you might imagine.
- Needles - Though not at the top of our list, these are the most fundamental of all sewing accessories because they do the actual work. Purchase many sizes and be sure that they work for both for the sewing machine and hand sewing.
- Thimbles - You may believe that thimbles are old-fashioned, but they are used by many experienced sewers on a daily basis.
- Tools - From screwdrivers for machine repairs, and sewing machine oil, to compressed air and small paint brushes, it is wise to have a handy sewing machine repair and cleaning kit among your other sewing accessories.
Organizers are Key
Of course, you can have all of the finest sewing accessories in the world and still produce zero output because your space is not organized. This is why the last essential accessory is a desk or station with plenty of storage options to keep everything safe and accessible.