When you’re starting off learning to sew, there’s a few bits and pieces I can’t recommend highly enough so I’ve compiled a short list to help you shop wisely.
A decent pair of scissors. Now in the first few months you can get away with a pair of 99p bargain sharp scissors. Then you start to get good at sewing and want to do more. The key to successful sewing it being able to cut decent straight lines and to do that, you need some heavyweight dressmaking shears. I recommend Chinese or German steel shears like these. They will last a very long time and can be sharpened.
TOP TIP: keep them out of the way of non-sewers, use them only for fabric and they won’t get blunt/trashed!
Chalk, specifically Tailor’s chalk is perfect for marking your fabric with pattern guidelines, little notes to yourself and to remind yourself which way is up. Chalk is cheap and available in lots of colours so buy a few in case your fabric is the same colour as the chalk you’ve just bought!
A seam ripper is so handy for undoing those little mistakes. Last night, one of my students, under my ‘watchful’ eye, sewed two left legs for her new trousers so we had to undo one. A seam ripper got it done in minutes rather than hours and we could start all over again (or rather she could, I still feel bad). Buy a couple as they tend to get lost as they’re so small.
That’s it for the moment, more knitting top tips to come soon!