This is the list of the basic equipment, tools and notions needed to start sewing. As you develop sewing skills, you will discover the direction you want to go with sewing. Then, upgrade and add more tools tailored to those interests.


EQUIPTMENT: Sewing Machine and Iron

Your first sewing machine need not be a big investment, a basic sewing machine can be purchased for under $100. Any sewing project on this site can be made successfully with a basic machine. When you purchase your sewing machine, pick up additional bobbins and a pack of sewing machine needles. As you advance, you can usually trade in your machine toward the next purchase. Someone may give you a machine, which is great, BUT, often a used machine doesn’t include a manual and also may be too funky and cause frustration. I definitely recommend a nice shiney new one for a fresh start!

A basic iron is fine.

Scissors for fabric: Start out with a good pair of fabric shears from day one!

Scissors for paper: It is best to have a separate pair of scissors for paper. Fabric shears will soon become dull if used for cutting paper.

straight pins
sewing needles
tape measure
small ruler

Each project “recipe” will list any additional tools, notions or supplies you need.

A shoebox container is handy to hold and tote your first batch of supplies.

Now your are ready for many projects on the home page…Lets get started!






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