Getting started sewing

I can remember at a very young age getting a “toy” sewing machine. I can’t remember if it was for Christmas or my birthday or what, all I remember is having one. Of course, it was horrible to work and make anything real on and I do remember that frustration. So, like any kid, you want to use the grown up one and I got onto mom’s machine and started playing. She would give me all her scrap pieces of fabric and I would make patterns and cut things out and try an make whole wardrobes for my Barbie dolls. It was fun and I enjoyed to time sitting at the table and creating and fashioning.

Mom has always been an amazing seamstress ever since she was a little girl. She would make herself clothes and even little matching outfits for me and my brother when we were really young. Sooooooo embarrassing but everyone thought we were sooooooo cute.

As I got older I got better at sewing and learning to read patterns.  My graduation dress became my best design yet which mom and I worked on together building and constructing a beautiful dress that I had pulled different ideas from magazines I would look at.

Sewing is a great hobby to get into because the start up is minimal and it won’t break the bank to buy what you need. There are a few items that are essential to get started based on what I have used:

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Sewing Machine

Cause let’s be honest you can’t sew anything without it unless you want to go back to the times where they hand stitched everything. Uh, no thank you! Don’t get a really cheap one but don’t go all out and buy the fanciest one either. A good in betweeny is what you need with the basic stitch patterns and one that won’t give you hassle with tread tension.


Fabric Scissors

Hide these from the rest of the family! If they are anything like mine, once they get their hands on your scissors you will never see them again. And they will use them on things that they shouldn’t to cut and ruin the cutting edge. KIDS!

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Rotary  cutter

A rotary cutter is great for making long straight cuts and especially if you are looking at quilting.


Rubber mat and ruler


Other Supplies

You need some notions like thread, seam ripper, pins, measuring tape, etc.