Nov 032012

41-Piece Michley Sewing Kit BasketMichley Sewing Basket with Sewing Kit, 41-Piece.

How about a sewing kit for the novice sewer, or anyone who loves to sew? Even the avid sewer would appreciate a pretty sewing basket stocked with sewing supplies. I have put together a list of basic sewing supplies that when added to a nice sewing basket would make a very nice gift for a novice sewer, and it will be very much appreciated, too.

My list of Sewing Accessories & Supplies.

Also, see my post for a list of Scissors & Cutting Tools.

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Oct 172012

With patience, practice and a little imagination, you’ll soon be setting fashion trends! We’ll show you some basics and you take it from there.

Setting up your Sewing Area

You will find that the two most important features of the sewing area are comfort and convenience.

Comfort because working in a room that is attractive and having all the essential equipment at hand helps to make sewing a truly enjoyable experience. Convenience because, when you have a special sewing area, your work and tools can be left without having to gather up everything each time you interrupt your sewing.

See our post, Sewing Cabinets & Tables

Good lighting in the working areas is essential to keep eye fatigue at a minimum. Daylight is the ideal light for sewing, but there are electric light sources which give the type of light needed for working indoors. The “high intensity” lamps and the color balanced fluorescents are brilliant and closely simulate natural sunlight.

Ironing and Pressing Equipment
While it’s important to iron out the wrinkles in your fabric before you even start, that’s not the same as pressing your project as you go. Seams should be pressed open after they’re sewn, and before sewing a cross seam. This blends the stitches with the fabric and gives the project a finished look. It also helps to use a tailor’s ham for pressing curved features, such as the hip area of a skirt and the shoulders. This gives the finished project a more flattering look.

The ironing board and pressing equipment should be set up near the sewing machine so that pressing is only an arm’s length away.

Cutting Surface
Your cutting surface should be high enough for you to work on comfortably while in a standing position. Cutting fabric on the floor or on top of the bed may not be accurate because of the uncomfortable position of your body. A drop-leaf against a window sill opens up to make a great cutting surface.

See our post, Scissors & Cutting Tools

Full Length Mirror
A full-length mirror should be close by for checking the fit and appearance as you progress.

Sewing Notions and Supplies
Notions and supplies should be arranged and stored in an orderly manner to save time when you need them again. See-through plastic boxes can be found in many shapes and sizes. Shoe boxes are great for notions; fabric is more easily stored in blanket boxes. Glass jars with tops painted in bright colors are great for buttons and small notions. Pegs are great for holding spools of thread, and space to hang tools, notes and sketches.

See our post, Sewing Accessories & Supplies

Room Dividers
A decorative folding screen can be used to shut off your sewing area from the rest of the room. The importance of being able to leave work and equipment undisturbed between working periods cannot be over-emphasized. A lot of your free time can be utilized if you are able to take-up your work where you left off.

Happy Sewing!

Oct 152012

This sewing basket includes: 16 thread spools, 16 metal bobbins, 1 measuring tape, 5 needles, 1 seam ripper, 1 thimble and 1 needle threader
I’ve started a list of sewing essentials for your sewing machine and sewing room. The first list are must haves, whether you use a sewing machine or when sewing by hand.

The second list are optional items that are for decorative purposes or will help make some steps easier or more convenient.

Third, I list sewing supplies to be used with a sewing machine. Of course, the sewing machine itself is essential. Go to the home page for my recommendations on sewing machines.

Lastly, I’ve listed items that you will buy as you go, usually according to a project or pattern that calls for specific materials and notions. Continue reading »

Oct 152012

The scissors and shears that you use are probably most responsible for the accuracy of any sewing project. There are many types and sizes available. The following are ones we feel are most essential for your sewing.

Bent-handled shears are best for cutting fabric because the blades rest flat against the cutting surface, and you don’t have to lift the fabric when cutting around the pattern. The 7- or 8-inch lengths are the most common. Left-handed models are also available. Continue reading »