Whenever we are at craft fairs often people come by our stall, admire all the lovely fabrics, buttons, bit and bobs and say to us "I love all this but I cant sew". My answer to them is "Just give it a go!".
I've always been "crafty" (some say in more ways than one) but there was a time not so long ago that I was new to sewing. It was something I admired, something I wanted to try but then one day I found some gorgeous fabric I fell in love with and I haven't looked back!
So I thought I'd put together quick list of "must-haves" for anyone wanting to take up sewing, whether it be dressmaking or making things for your home, this is what I think are the very basics you need to get started.*
A range of needles in different sizes are useful for hand sewing but you will find one you are comfortable with once you start sewing.
This is the exact machine I have and it's amazing for beginners as its so easy to set up but has a variety of stitches, tensions and functions once you become more advanced. I use mine mainly for plain straight stitching but have also done a number of lovely appliqués using the zig zag stitch on this machine. Also, doesn't cost the earth!
Long pins with coloured ends are handing for pining work in place before you sew. Also, a great tip I was given if you are machine sewing, the more pins you put in the slower you will sew and therefore, will have more control. It works too!
For when your stitching just isnt quite right! So much better than using scissors which WILL rip your fabric (trust me, I've tried).
No sewing box should be without one of these! A retractable one saves it getting all tangled around other stuff.
And lots of them!! Whatever takes your fancy, cotton, polycotton, fat quarters or metres of it, its important to have a good range of fabrics that you like in your stash in case inspiration strikes!
8. Magazines and Books
Mollie Makes is a favourite (and we will soon be stocking it!) but there are lots of books and magazines out there ready to inspire you and guide you in your next make. I tend not to follow patterns to the letter, preferring to be inspired and use patterns to give me a starting point.
So thats it, my list of what I think you need to get started. My only other piece of advice would be to just go for it! If you've been inspired by something, give it a try.
What did you use when you first started out? Did you make any sewing faux-pas??! We'd love to hear about them!
* this is by no means a complete list of everything you could need to start, just my idea of the basics.