Sewing Tools List
This Sewing Tools List is made to help you, the beginner seamstress, know what basic sewing tools are needed to get started in learning how to sew basic sewing projects. The picture above shows the contents of a Dritz Sewing Kit. You can also purchase these Sewing Tools separately.
Basic Sewing Tools for the Sewing Basket
Scissors– I have three pairs:
Gingher Scissors for cutting ONLY fabrics. I get pretty irritated when my kids decide they are going to use MY fabric scissors for something else! You want to keep your fabric scissors sharp so they will cut thru fabric with ease! I did see a funny picture that had a pair of sewing shears with a mini lock on the handles!
Pinking shears for finishing seams( to prevent fabric from raveling)
Small scissors for clipping threads. The smaller blades help to minimize the chance that the blade tips will accidentally cut thru some fabric where you are snipping. Always remember to keep excess fabric out of the way while trimming threads.
- Tape Measure– A flexible tape measure is great for measuring curved edges and is long enough to measure long lengths. Most tape measures are 36″ long.
- Seam Ripper-Used to remove basting stitches, accidental stitches from fabrics, and also works for opening up buttonholes.
- Pins– Approx. 1 3/8″ length works well for firmer cotton fabrics-these can come with plastic heads for easier use. (The pins that are pictured above are simple pins without plastic heads)
- Marking tools– Some examples are: water soluble marking pens, tailors chalk and tailors pencils and a tracing wheel with tracing paper. There are many different choices of marking tools, which kind you use will depend upon the fabric you use. Tailors chalk is one of the easiest to use, in my opinion, for cotton fabrics. I also like to use the marking pencils just because I can keep a sharper marking point by sharpening the pencil.
- Hand Needles-Some projects need basting stitches during construction, or finishing stitches.
- Needle Threader-This is a helpful tool if you have a hard time getting the thread to easily slide thru the needle.
- Measuring Gauge–This tool works great for measuring hems or when needing to mark/measure fabric edges to a certain length. This tool is sturdier than a tape measure and the plastic marker stays in one place for faster marking.
- Thimble– Thimbles are used to push needles or pins thru fabric, and help protect your skin. Sometimes I’m stubborn and don’t use a thimble and will get little holes in my skin from where I pushed the needle thru the fabric! Save your fingers from ‘pin pain’ and use a thimble!
The Biggest Sewing Tool
Sewing Machine-(Not included in the Dritz Start-to-Sew-Kit) If you need to buy one, choose the best basic machine from a reliable manufacturer. Some stores have a trade-in policy that will allow you to upgrade in the future, just ask before you buy a machine. That may change your mind as to what kind of machine you’d like to get. Some reliable brand names are: Brother, Singer, Baby Lock, and Elna. I have an Elna that is now 21 years old and is still reliable with regular tune-ups. Baby Lock is my newest machine, which is an upgrade from the basic models and very nice! When looking to purchase a machine, make sure you actually test the machine to make sure the machine feels comfortable to use. Also make sure you have basics needed to sew a project on the sewing machine. (sewing machine needles and thread)
Extra Helpful Sewing Tools for Beginners
When I started sewing many years ago, you only cut fabric with sewing scissors. Then the Rotary Cutter came in the picture-oh so nice! This tool works great when cutting edges, remember to use a rotary mat with your rotary cutter to protect furniture surfaces. (There are different size Rotary cutters. A larger cutter is great for straight lines and large curved lines and a small cutter is great for cutting small curves) I use both scissors and the rotary cutter, no rules as to when I use what tool, I do use scissors when I need more control and precision. Check out this Rotary Cutter and Mat Set , this is a nice ‘EXTRA’ to have in your sewing tools!
Now that you have your basic sewing tools from the Sewing Tools List, read:
Learning How to Sew: Projects for Beginners to get you started on your Sewing Adventure!
Thanks for Reading and Happy Sewing!