There are some tools, aside from a sewing machine, that are necessary for even the most basic sewing projects. This is a great list of the Best Sewing Tools for Beginners on Amazon that will last through all your sewing endeavors.
Most of the tools are inexpensive and designed to be used over and over again. Investing in them when you are new to sewing will save you time and headaches from fumbling with lower quality items. Your equipment will last forever if you take care of it.
All the items on this list are available on Amazon for ease of shopping. Just click on the photos to purchase, and you’ll be sewing in no time!
You want a pair of scissors that are used for cutting fabric and nothing else. Other materials can dull the blades or leave gouges in them that make accurately cutting fabric impossible. Invest in a quality pair that can be sharpened periodically, and they will last a lifetime. If you buy nothing else, this is one of the best sewing tools for beginners on Amazon.
Pinking Shears, P.LOTOR 9.3 Inches Handled Professional Stainless Steel Dressmaking Sewing Craft Scissors (Serrated)
Pinking shears cut fabric in a zig zag design. This prevents the fabric from fraying, especially delicate fabrics.
A rotary cutter is wonderful for cutting a large number of pieces, for example if you are making a quilt. It is easier on your hands and extremely accurate.
You need a cutting mat to use a rotary cutter. It protects your table or cutting surface. The mat is self-healing, meaning the marks from cutting will disappear. They typically come with grids marked on them for ease of measuring fabric.
An acrylic ruler is great for measuring small projects and using the straight edge as a cutting guide with your rotary cutter and cutting mat. The frosted design allows you to see exactly where you are cutting.
Fabric pieces should be pinned together to hold them in place before sewing. They come in large quantities because pins can bend, rust or become lost over time. Your first purchase of a pins and pincushion will last several years.
Wonder clips can be used in place of pins to hold pieces together before sewing. They are particularly helpful to tack down binding. Clips will not put holes in oilcloth or delicate fabrics.
2 Pack Tape Measure Measuring Tape for Body Fabric Sewing Tailor Cloth Knitting Craft Measurements, 60-Inch Soft Fashion Pink & Retractable Black Tape Measure Body Measuring Tape Set, Dual Sided
Every seamstress needs a measuring tape (or several!). This seems obvious, but you need a measuring tape to measure things. That includes people, fabric, notions, etc.
Dritz 1460 Safety Pins, Nickel Plated Steel, Assorted Sizes (100-Count)
Safety pins are used for pulling elastic through a casing, pinning the layers of a quilt together, holding pieces together, etc. As with straight pins, buy a pack so you always have them handy. They tend to disappear.
3-Pack -2 BLACK & 1 WHITE - Coats & Clark Dual Duty All-Purpose Thread - 2 Black plus 1 White Spools, 400 Yard Spool each.
A good all-purpose thread will work for most sewing projects. Begin with this package of black and white to get started. You may want to add all the colors of the rainbow over time.
Sunbeam Steammaster Steam Iron | 1400 Watt Large Anti-Drip Nonstick Stainless Steel Iron with Steam Control and Retractable Cord, Chrome/Teal
Fabric must be wrinkle-free to measure and cut it accurately. Some fabrics or projects require steam, while others warn against it. Purchase a steam iron that is capable of handling both.
Mabel Home Ironing Board, Adjustable Height, Deluxe, 4-Leg + Extra Cover, Blue & White Patterned
You need a sturdy and safe place to iron your fabric. Go ahead and get the full size ironing board. You'll want one later if you don't!
Use a marking pen designed for fabrics when measuring. The marks will disappear when washed with water. This pen has two ends, one for light fabrics and one for dark fabrics. Make sure you use the end that is appropriate for your project.
Everyone makes mistakes, even experienced seamstresses. As a beginner, the seam ripper is your new best friend. Sew the wrong pieces together? Wrong sides? Uneven stitches? No problem. Just use this nifty tool to rip out the stitches and try again.
While you need sewing scissors for cutting fabric, you also need a small set of thread snips. They have less risk of cutting fabric when you only meant to cut a thread. Threads must be cut at the beginning and end of a row of stitches, so you will use them a lot.
This is a special ruler with a sliding marker. It is used to measure buttonholes, pleats and other things. You will love it for all the details.
A measuring gauge is the easiest way to mark seams. It is also a quick way to check that your seam allowances are appropriate and correct.
Sewing requires needles, scissors, pins, a rotary cutter and other sharp objects. Be prepared with a first aid kit in case the worst takes place.