Have you always wanted to learn how to sew and save pounds on small alteration?

Tired of clothes that don't quite fit

or that aren't as tailored as you'd like?

Perhaps you want to learn how to use a sewing machine

or take on something a bit more challenging?

Learn how to do alterations , customize your own wardrobe!

Whether you want to learn or need help with dressmaking or  furnishing item's

Then read on....

 

 EQUIPMENTS!

Getting the right tool's for the job can make sewing more successful and enjoyable.

There are so many different tools ,that if you are sewing enthusiast like me ,
the desire is to get every one of them just in case but there with time and experience


Pins: These are available in several different thicknesses and lengths and in brass, stainless steel and nickel plated steel. Standard dressmaker’s pins are 26 mm long while shorter fine lace pins used on lightweight fabrics are 2.5 cm. Glass headed pins are easy to handle and T-pins will stay in position on open weave fabrics.
So you should have an appropriate selection of different pins to your needs (If you, like me, like to do crafts, garments, upholstery etc... you need different types of pins on your sewing box.
 Do I hear you ask? It’s that really important?

Can I use the same ones?
Of course you can. It’s all preference. I love the very thin pins (0.5mm) and I will use this every time I pin fit a garment as they are very easy to pin as thei are so sharp ( watch to not scratch your body) and they do very little damage in the fabric. They also can be pressed in so no removing pins to press, but there are times when you are quilting you need a pin long enough to hold 3 layers, and also once you are laying pattern on fabric to cut. You want to cover a lot of space with minimal pinning.
You can have a pin tin or pin cushion to keep them !Or many..
make yourself one!

             Hand sewing needles:
 The range of needles used for hand-stitching varies in size, length and point shape. The most common needles are known as sharps. Specialized tasks are catered for by specific needles in a variety of lengths and widths. When choosing a needle, be guided by the structure and weight of the fabric and the thread being used. There are many chapters of sewing books about choosing the right ones. I will develop more in this subject later . I have those pebble style cases and they seen to do the job well for me. These are relative inexpensive and you can get a special size in case you need one.

Cutting tools
 Now we are in a very important subject. I will recommend that you always buy good quality cutting tools made of high-grade steel and keep them well sharpened, since dull blades can damage fabric and slow the cutting process.I have selections of scissors (Bent-handled, pinking shears, thread clippers, Stitch rippers and 2 fabric sheers). I don’t have awls – as they are used for piercing small holes in fabric for eyelets and buttonholes and I have chisel kit.
One good quality fabric scissors and a stitch ripper are a good start

Marking tools to transfer markings from a dressmaking pattern on to the fabric,
I have a selection also (I know -I just was too naïve and brought a lot of things- some I was able to return- wallet was pleased!)Tailors chalk, different colour pencils, pens with vanishing ink, carbon and wheel. There are a lot of those in the market. I recommend the yellow chalk that looks like a lipstick and is perfect as makes very thin lines (you can get those in jaycotts) and a selection of carbon colour paper and a marking wheel. These are brilliant as if you loose pins you can still find the right place in seconds because its all markered, Its also brilliants for beginners to look to sew straight in a line as you can follow it as your guide. The one I am the most aware of going wrong is the ink pens. I don’t want to trust that after hours working in a garment there is a chance of having it stained because it hasn’t washed well.
It’s all personal opinion ok!

Tape measure.
 We need to measure our bodies; hems, in truth they are required each time a garment is made up.

Special sewing rulers.
 There are many brands but if you are serious about drafting your patterns you need to get a selection of them. They normally come in packages.

Pressing tools Pressing is an essential part of the sewing process if you want a smooth, professional finish to your garments, and a press cloth helps to protect the fabric from the heat and/or steam of the iron. Many sewist prefer a sturdier cloth because it also doubles up as my pressing ham , not me, I recommend using a thin, transparent cloth so that you can see through to the fabric underneath and I bought one special for the job after using pillowcases without success. These are a must have tools (pressing hams/arms etc) and I will have a post dedicated to them.

 Also you should have a selection of thread, basic colours, in a good quality. There are many types of thread and I will cover them in detail further. The rule I follow is, If i sew cotton I use a cotton thread. Its also personal preference to match every garment thread to fabric.

A selection of buttons and zippers in most used colours is very handy. For skirts in general a 7 inch will do fine for most heights. For dresses it depends on your height. In doubt get longer zippers as you can always cut the excess.

Finally, last but not least a good sewing book. I have good recommendations and will also dedicate many post review the most popular books available.

The nice to have are some old school items and some new high tech items


Rotary Cutter, cutting pad and Quilting rulers -These are fantastic to have on hand when cutting straight lines. I love mine and I recommend it as speeds your cutting
by 90%.







Thread racks
- make your own

                                                                                              Thimble     



Dressmakers dummies:

sewing without a dummy! never

Its very hard to sew at home and not be able to adjust the back. Have you ever tried to ask your partners to help? Disaster to happen! But their price is expensive for the time you really use them.




Light weight fusible interfacing - yards of it are great to have on hand. This makes a great backing for tissue patterns that become a favorite, to keep them strong and durable.
 (Just press with LOW iron set (don’t let get wet- turn off your steamer of take all the water off your iron) on your pattern once you have make the correct alterations)

Sewing is a whole art. And like any art, it needs special tools to be properly carried out. It's not just about needle and thread, you also have to cut, press, measure and fit. There are special tools that'll make these tasks easier and faster.

Most fabric stores sell beginner's kits that include everything you'll need for your first couple projects. You can even get them online. You can also buy your notions separately.

Besides your basic tools, you'll need a pretty box or basket to put them in. This will help you stay organized and have everything ready to use. Make sure it's large enough to fit all your notions, but leave some extra room.

You'll be adding to it regularly as you become more advanced.

- See more at: http://www.sew-it-love-it.com/sewing-equipment.html#sthash.iHrl9xRz.dpuf

Sewing is a whole art. And like any art, it needs special tools to be properly carried out. It's not just about needle and thread, you also have to cut, press, measure and fit. There are special tools that'll make these tasks easier and faster.

Most fabric stores sell beginner's kits that include everything you'll need for your first couple projects. You can even get them online. You can also buy your notions separately.

Besides your basic tools, you'll need a pretty box or basket to put them in. This will help you stay organized and have everything ready to use. Make sure it's large enough to fit all your notions, but leave some extra room.

You'll be adding to it regularly as you become more advanced.

- See more at: http://www.sew-it-love-it.com/sewing-equipment.html#sthash.iHrl9xRz.dpuf

Sewing is a whole art. And like any art, it needs special tools to be properly carried out. It's not just about needle and thread, you also have to cut, press, measure and fit. There are special tools that'll make these tasks easier and faster.

Most fabric stores sell beginner's kits that include everything you'll need for your first couple projects. You can even get them online. You can also buy your notions separately.

Besides your basic tools, you'll need a pretty box or basket to put them in. This will help you stay organized and have everything ready to use. Make sure it's large enough to fit all your notions, but leave some extra room.

You'll be adding to it regularly as you become more advanced.

- See more at: http://www.sew-it-love-it.com/sewing-equipment.html#sthash.iHrl9xRz.dpuf


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With your chosen materials into something New and Unique 

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