6 Basic Sewing Tools Needed For Beginners Who Just Started Sewing

Some people may think sewing is easy - but in actual fact, it can be difficult for beginners who have zero knowledge about sewing. When it comes to sewing, you definitely need the right sewing tools for it because it makes the journey so much easier, especially when you’re just getting started. Having the right basic sewing tools also makes it more enjoyable and saves your time as well. With that being said, here are 6 basic sewing tools you’ll need as a beginner:

1. Fabric Scissors

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Designed to cut through all kinds of fabric, you definitely need a pair of fabric scissors when you’re first starting out. The fabric scissors need to be kept away from other scissors primarily because the sharpness of the scissors can be dull if they are used to cut paper instead of fabric. Hence, if you’re still a beginner, it’s best to keep them separate as you might get confused. Plus, those around you might even use your fabric scissors to cut other things!

2. Quilting Ruler

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When you’re just beginning to sew, you might encounter quilting - which is a type of sewing technique. If that’s the case, then you’ll definitely need a quilting ruler. Somewhat similar to what you would use as a scientific calculator, the quilting ruler is the sewing industry’s own version - comprising numbers, grids and different angles. You can buy your own quilting ruler here.

3. Rotary Cutter

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For cutting curves, a rotary cutter comes in handy. The great thing about rotary cutters is how you can cut a few layers of fabric at one go instead of having to cut them layer by layer - which saves you a lot of time too! Sewing always involves curves - so it’s a must to have it in your sewing kit! You can buy your own rotary cutter here.

4. Measuring Tape

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If you’re a beginner, it might be difficult for you to perform measurements accurately. You can’t simply make a guess because imagine you’re sewing a dress - but with inaccurate measurements, you’ll end up producing a shorter dress than what was initially planned! Have two types of measurement tapes - a retractable and regular measuring tape. Have more than one as you could perhaps easily misplace them or it gets worn out after frequent use.

5. Cutting Mat

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When you’re using a rotary cutter, a cutting mat, also commonly referred to as a self-healing cutting mat, makes it easier to perform several cuts without damaging the surface of your table. It also makes a clean, perfect cut as most cutting mats come with a grid line consisting of numbers written on them. That way, you’ll be able to perform accurate measurements as well when you cut your fabric. You could easily get a basic cutting mat but if you plan on sewing in the long run, it’s highly advisable to get a high-quality one that could last long.

6. Small Scissors for Threads

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Also commonly referred to as snips, these types of scissors are used to cut threads when sewing or if you’re doing embroidery. Why is it important to own one of these? It’s so that you could have more control when you’re clipping the threads, making accurate snips.

These are just the rough basic sewing tools you’ll need when you’re just about to get into sewing. If you’re completely new to sewing, we highly suggest getting our Starter Kit. We wanted to make it easier for beginners to get all the necessary tools without having to go through the hassle of finding out what tool they need. Our Starter Kit is also great for those who are looking for affordable options as it only costs RM450. For this price, you’ll have 13 basic sewing tools which are needed for every beginner.

Looking for more sewing materials and tools? Shop our fabric materials, sewing tools, sewing accessories and material packs. Happy sewing!

April 29, 2021 — Michelle Kam