Have you ever wondered what the best sewing tools are? Or maybe you’re just getting started with sewing and don’t know where to begin. Well, wonder no more! today, I’m going to share my favorite tools for sewing. these are all tools that I use on a regular basis and that have helped me become a better sewist. So whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been sewing for years, I hope you find this helpful!
My favorite sewing machine for beginners is the Brother CS6000i. It’s inexpensive but has every stitch you’ll ever need, and double needle capacity too. Whether you’re learning to sew apparel, or dabbling in home decor, this machine is a great place to start.
My favorite workhorse quilting machine is the one I use to sew Cabooties baby shoes every day. The Juki TL 2010Q is an amazing machine that is great for sewing through thick fabric. I’ve had mine for years and it’s still going strong.
My favorite serger is equally suited to beginners and experienced sewists alike. The brother 1034d is the perfect machine for finishing internal seams and sewing professional looking garments quickly and easily. A serger is not a replacement for a sewing machine, but it is an important tool to have in your arsenal if you want your makes to be professional and polished.
If you’re selling garments, you may also want to invest in a coverstitch machine to give your hems a professional touch. I highly recommend the Juki MCS-1500. Keep in mind, a coverstitch will likely be the last machine you add to your collection as the only thing it can do is hem garments.
When it comes to cutting fabric, you’ll want a nice pair of fabric scissors (that never, ever touch paper!) and a 45mm rotary cutter. It’s also nice to have a pair of lightweight snips for cutting stray threads. I am a big fan of Fiskars brand cutting tools. If you really want to treat yourself, check out my favorite electric scissors for cutting through several layers of fabric in one pass – perfect if you’re sewing multiple garments to sell in your Etsy shop or website.
Other handy sewing tools
Your sewing machine and cutting tools are the main pieces of equipment you’ll need to get started. However, there are a few other handy items you’ll enjoy having in your sewing space. I personally can’t live without my:
- 36″ cutting mat
- Quilting ruler (great for any straight cuts, not just for quilters!)
- Wonder Clips
- Pin cushion waste bin for spare threads and scraps
- Thread stand (for using big spools of thread in your regular sewing machine)
Did I leave any of your favorite tools off the list? Let me know in the comments so we can check out your must-have sewing equipment.
Now that you’ve started gathering up your tools, check out my tips for sewing to sell online and build the Etsy shop or eCommerce store of your dreams!