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Essential Basic Sewing Kit for Beginners

Basic Sewing Kit

To achieve a professional finish for your soft furnishings, proper equipment, and a clean, well-ordered worksurface are essential. Keep your sewing equipment separate from your other household tools, and use it only for sewing tasks.

Having a worksurface large enough for the task is vital - when making extremely long curtains. the floor may be the only suitable on which to work. Bear in mind comfort when establishing a work area. Sit on a chair with firm support, and position the table high enough to avoid backache. Work in a well-lit room, particularly when there is limited daylight available.

Cutting Tools

Fabric must always be cut accurately to ensure perfect hanging and fitting. Select scissors that are sharp, durable, and comfortable to use. Avoid using fabric scissors for household chores, since they will quickly become blunted. Use dressmakers scissors for cutting out templates and fabric, embroidery scissors for cutting detailed work, and pinking shears for neatening raw edges.


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Iron and Ironing Board

An iron should be used not only at the finish, but throughout the making up process, for tasks such as flattening seams, hems, and turnings, Select and iron with a steaming facility, if possible. It is not the weight of the iron, but the moisture and heat that flattens the fabric. An ironing board should be height adjustable and possess a padded, purpose made cover that is easy to keep clean.


Sewing Machine

In most cases, a sewing machine is faster and easier to use than sewing by hand. Modern sewing machines are simple to operate and provide an extensive range of useful facilities, including straight stitch, zigzag stitch, and reverse settings. Most machines are available with sewing attachments like a zip foot, which is used for such tasks as securing a zip to a seam. Keep spare bobbins nearby, and wind the thread on before you begin to work


Sewing Equipment

Use plain, stainless steel pins, or for greater visibility on the fabric, pins with coloured glass heads. For safety and easy access, keep pins in a box or in a pincushion. A wide range of sewing needles is available for fabrics of different thicknesses. A threader facilitates threading a needle. Select thread according to the project, and to the colour, type, and weight of the fabric. Tacking thread is available in a range of colours and is easier to break than other threads.

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Measuring and Marking Equipment

Accurate measuring and marking up are essential for sewing. A stretch-resistant, cloth tape measure enables you to work easily around curves and corners. Mark fabric with a clearly visible colour that is easy to remove. Use tailor's chalk or a vanishing ink pen for this purpose. Do not press fabric before vanishing ink has disappeared completely. Many soft furnishings require the fabric to be cut at perfect right angles. A large, perspex set square is ideal for helping you to mark right angles accurately.



A bodkin is a blunt, thick needle with a long eye, used for threading cord, ribbon, or elastic through heavy fabric or casings. Unpick seams quickly and easily using a seam ripper. Clothes pegs are helpful when you need to temporarily secure fabrics to stiff objects such as buckram or a lampshade frame. You can use brown paper, tracing paper, or graph paper for making up a pattern or template.


Upholstery Tools

Few special tools are required when making up most cushion covers or simple upholstery. For attaching buttons or tufts to a cushion cover, you will need a long upholstery needle, these are available in a range of sizes.

To fit a fabric cover to a simply shaped piece of furniture, such as a footstool, use upholstery skewers to stretch and hold the material firmly in place before securing. These upholstery tools should only be used on thick fabric. Do not use skewers or upholstery needles on sheer fabric, because they will tear the material.


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Embroidery Scissors

Dressmakers Scissors

Pinking Shears

Ironing Board

Electric Steam Iron

Sewing Machine


Zip-Foot Attachment

Straight Stitch Foot Attachment

Button Hole Guide

Twin and Single Needles


Hand-Sewing Needles

Dressmaker's Pins

Sewing Threads

Tacking Thread


Vanishing-Ink Pen


Tailor's Chalk

Large Set Square

Cloth Tape Measure

Seam Ripper

Clothes Peg


Paper for Pattern Making

Upholstery Needle

Upholstery Skewers

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

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