The world of sewing supplies and notions is a vast, and often daunting one. There are gadgets and tools for nearly every stitching conundrum one could dream of and so it can be a challenge for brand new sewists to know where to begin. There are a ton of great products out there, but after careful deliberation, we've determined that these are the seven staples that are an absolute must-have for every sewing kit!
1.High-Quality Machine Needles
In the same way that good cooking begins with high-quality ingredients, good sewing simply cannot happen without high-quality supplies. A durable, razor-sharp machine needle will improve the longevity and appearance of one's stitches and seams while also saving money. It's amazing how much it adds up when you don't have to constantly repurchase needles!
Our Pick - Beissel Special Edition Canada 150 Tin
Created in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday, this is the perfect travel kit for the sewist on the go. This pocket-sized tin comes equipped with four different needles - stretch, jersey/knit, serger/overlock, and universal, along with a sprinkling of satin roses just for fun! These adorable kits make great gifts and are a must-have for sewists and quilters of all skill-levels!
2. Heavy Duty (Yet Versatile!) Fabric Scissors
In most sewing rooms, a good pair of fabric scissors is almost priceless and for good reason! Cutting fabric with a dull, unreliable pair of scissors not only results in uneven cuts and wonky finished pieces, but it can also cause hand fatigue and carpal tunnel over time! If there is one thing every sewist, new and experience, should invest in, it's a sharp, comfy-to-use pair of fabric scissors.
Our Pick - Hot Forged Bent Scissor with Sharp Cut Knife Edge 10''
This "wide body" knife from Clauss has ultra-sharp carbon steel blades that allow you to cut even dense fabrics with ease, saving time and reducing user fatigue. This multi-tasking scissor is suitable for a wide range of uses and fabrics.
Made of carbon steel that is fully double-plated with chrome over nickel.
3. Temporary Adhesive Spray
While most people will say that when it comes to creating beautifully sewn items, there are no quick fixes or shortcuts, there is one exception. When quilting or crafting, a high-quality yet temporary adhesive spray can make it so much easier to hold different fabrics together before you are able to sew them. The best formula should have little odour and shouldn't leave any stains or residue. Just a note - depending on the formula, some sprays (such as Brod' Spray) work better for light fabrics such as cotton and may not work quite as well for dense fabrics.
Our Pick - Brod’ Spray - Temporary Adhesive, 500ML
A needle-friendly temporary spray that holds fabric and crafts temporary in place. This special formula will not gum sewing needles and allows fabric to be re-positioned without leaving any residue. Brod' spray is colourless and spotless with very little odour. It has a focused mist application, making it great for applique, quilting, basting, pattern piecing, and embroidery.
4. Sewing Clips (yes, instead of pins!)
Everyone knows that pins are an essential part of everyone's sewing kit. Not everyone knows about their more convenient substitute - sewing clips! Unlike standard pins, Magic Clips can be put into place in seconds and can be sewn over using a sewing machine! It's amazing how much time these simple clips can save. Still skeptical? Try them for yourself or watch this review by Laura Ann Coia of SewVeryEasy. They really are game-changers!
Our Pick - Magic Clips, Small Size, 12pc
Taylor Seville's Magic Clips are a wonderful alternative to pins! You can even sew over them! Magic Clips open wide to hold many layers of fabrics. Use them whenever you would otherwise use pins, for example, when quilting, making handbags, and when working with heavyweight fabrics.
- The base of the clip is made of a paper thin metal and it can lay flat for easy feeding to the presser foot.
- There is no need to remove the clips when sewing. You can sew over them!
- The easy-to-read markings on the top of each clip will help you sew as accurately as possible.
to see a video of this fantastic product in action.
5. A Cutting Mat
When drafting patterns and cutting fabric, a durable, cushiony cutting mat is crucial. They protect the appearance of your cutting surface, sure, but they also extend the life of your rotary cutter! Most come with measurement markings as well to make cutting precise sizes that much easier. Investing in a great cutting mat will keep your tables smooth and your blades sharp for years and years!
Whether you're new to crafting or a pro, you'll appreciate this OLFA® rotary mat. It not only protects your cutting surfaces, it protects the edges of rotary blades. The mat's grid lines are designed for easy measuring and accurate cutting of straight lines and precise angles.
- OLFA® Rotary cutting mats are specially designed for OLFA® Rotary cutters.
- Self healing, long wearing, and economical.
- Can be used on both sides.
6. Wedge Iron
A perfectly pressed project is much more likely to turn out than one that is sewn together haphazardly with wrinkles and creases. A quality iron should have a number of settings for every fabric type and task. It should also be light and comfortable to use as most sewists use their irons round the clock. While large irons are tempting as they can smooth out large surfaces quickly, small irons are ideal as they can get into tiny nooks and crannies, smoothing out wrinkles with a precision that cannot be achieved with a bigger iron.
Our Pick - CLOVER Wedge Iron, Includes A Small Spray Bottle
The Wedge has several unique design features and is truly the future of situational ironing.
- Wide, ergonomic handle for comfort and secure handling
- Includes a small spray bottle for controlled moisture and steam where needed.
- Great for patchwork and details as it features a narrow tip that allows you to easily get under layers of fabric.
Large convenient dial for temperature adjustment:
- Low Approx. 175°F-230°F,
- Mid Approx. 231°F-300°F,
- High Approx. 301°F - 390°F
7. Temporary Marking Tools
Unless you have a photographic memory, you are going to need to mark your fabric for specific stitches, darts, measurements, and details. It's a good idea to have a variety of marking tools on hand (chalk, pencils, pens etc.) depending on the fabric you are using. It will ensure that your sewing is a lot more accurate and will save a lot of time and stress.
Ensure that every portion of your project is flawless and meticulously placed with this easy-to-use marking set. The ceramic lead is made from water soluble dyes and is specifically formulated for fabrics. This set also comes equipped with a soft finger grip for maximum comfort. It is suitable for both light and dark fabrics.
- 1 ct pen
- 1 ct plastic lead case
- 3 ct Pink 0.9mm
- 3 ct Green 0.9mm
- 3 ct White 0.9mm