Must-have sewing supplies for every sewist

Sewing essentials for every beginner sewist

We have compiled our essential sewing supply list to help guide you on your sewing journey. You’ll find that your supplies will continue to grow, but there are some must-have’s to get you started. Alongside these essentials, stocking up on interfacing, zippers, snaps, and a variety of fabrics and notions is a great idea. With these sewing supply essentials at hand, you can dive into the world of sewing with one of our easy to follow patterns or a freebie. Below you will find a list of sewing tools and notions suitable for beginners.


Fabric Marking Pens / Chalk – There are many different options for marking fabric. My favorite way is to use a heat erasable pen because it will disappear when exposed to heat. I also like to use Chalk Markers. Whichever type of tool you decide to use, you do need to check and make sure it will work with your fabric. Test on a scrap before using.

Hem Guage – Used to measure and mark hems accurately and consistently. I also love this hot hem ruler. You can measure, fold and press in one step!

Iron – An iron is an essential sewing tool in my opinion. You will need it for hemming or pressing seams, it’s great for wavy seams. I love my Rowenta. Along with an iron, you will also need an ironing board or pressing mat. A pressing mat is a great option if you don’t have a lot of space.

Ruler – I like using an acrylic ruler because they are clear so you can see the fabric underneath. They also help with cutting straight lines and angles.

Seam Ripper – Sewing mistakes are bound to happen and a seam ripper will make the learning process that much easier. They are great for removing stitches. This little set is great because it also includes a pair of snips.

Sewing Clips or Pins – Pins and sewing clips are used to hold layers of fabric together. I usually use clips but there are times that using pins is a better option. I like to use them to mark openings or when I need to be percise.

Tape Measure – Taking body measurements regularly with a flexible measuring tape is critical to ensure accuracy of fit, especially if you’re unsure about a measurement.


All-purpose scissors – You will need a pair of scissors to cut everything else out, like paper or zippers.

Cutting Mat – I recommend using a self-healing cutting mat. It prolongs the lifespan of cutting tools and serves as a protective surface. Cutting mats often feature grid lines, measurements, angles, and markings, that help in achieving precise cuts, angles, or dimensions.

Fabric Scissors and/or Rotary Cutter – Fabric scissors are designed with an angled handle to keep them flat when cutting fabric out from patterns. Rotary cutters do the same but with more accuracy.

Pinking Shears – Pinking Shears create a zig-zag pattern on fabric to help prevent wovens from fraying. This is a basic way to finish the edge of fabric.

Small Snips – These small snips are great for triming thread or cutting small snips in fabric.


Sewing Machine – There are many great options out there for sewing machines. It’s really about how much you want to spend and what you want to use it for. I love Brother machines but really it’s up to you. This is the sewing machine I have.

Serger – A serger is one of those optional items but it makes sewing with knits easier and adds a professional finish on seams. I have a brother 1034D and it’s a great beginner machine. It is easy to thread. If you prefer a Singer, this is a great machine too!

Ready to get started? Pick out your first pattern or start with a freebie.



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