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10 Things You Need To Start Sewing By Machine Today

 This article is brought to you by Lizzsews.

Here’s everything that you need to get started sewing by machine, without spending too much!

   1. You’re going to need a sewing machine! You can use any sewing machine you want! Here are a couple of examples:
  • The Brother se600 This combo machine can do both sewing and embroidery.
Recommended read: Brother se600 review
  • The Brother Machine CS5055PRW, Project Runway, is a nice sewing machine with tons of features.
   2. You’re going to need sewing thread


   3. You’re going to need bobbin thread. 

I recommended purchasing empty bobbins and winding them yourself.


   4. Sewing machine needles

Your machine will come with some, but you are going to want more just in case they break or bend. I recommended Schmetz universal sewing needles packs, they come in a few different sizes which are helpful for your different projects.

You’ll need hand-sewing needles too.


Why would I need hand-sewing needles if I’m sewing it by machine? 

You’re going to need those needles for when there’s something that you need to sew that can’t be done by machine. You don’t need too many, just keep a few for when you need them. For example, after flipping a pillow right side out and filling it up with stuffing, you need to hand sew the gap!

Recommended read: How to sew a patch pillow

   5. Scissors

I suggest getting thread scissors, fabric scissors, separate paper scissors that can be used for your patterns, and a spare pair just in case!

   6. Seam ripper

This one is huge!! I can’t tell you how many mistakes I’ve made while sewing that I’d have to rely on my trusty old seam ripper for.

If you’re purchasing a machine new, it will most likely come with one, and it’s always a good idea to buy a backup.

   7. Rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing mat

Having these cutting tools makes cutting fabric so much better. The mat has markings on it so that you can line up the fabric, line up the ruler and cut straight lines (or diagonal).

   8. Measuring tape

You’ll be surprised at how many times you’ll use your measuring tape! It’s so crucial in a sewer's life.

   9. Pins + pin cushion

Pins are so important! You’re going to need something to hold your fabric together while you’re sewing and pins are the best way!

Yes, sometimes you’ll just sew without the pins (guilty!) but sometimes you really will need them. They’re especially important for quilters. 

You could also get sewing clips rather than pins.

   10. Iron and ironing board

You will need an iron and ironing board to smooth out your fabric before sewing, you don't want to sew wrinkled and creased fabric. You will also use your iron to press out your seams after sewing.

Recommended read: How to sew a blanket pillow
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