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Sewing Tools - perfect for Beginners

Updated: May 2, 2021

I get asked a lot on what tools to get for the start, so I though writing a blog post for everyone to give few ideas - this is also the perfect list to hand to your family & friends for Christmas or if your birthday is coming up ;)

As a basic sewing kit, I would suggest the following tools essential to start you off:

Measuring Tape

Get a flexible measuring tape so you can measure yourself precisely and other areas.

Seam Ripper

Or as I call it, your best friend. Let's be honest here, we make mistakes and that's ok and part of your progress. I would suggest one with a longer handle as they are comfortable to hold and use then the tiny ones your sewing machine comes with.


Any sharp pins will do. Also have a look out for glass-head pins, they don't melt if ever you iron over them.

Marking Tool

Any marking tool - that could be chalk, water or heat erasable pens. All types of marking tools try them out on the wrong side of a scrap fabric first to see if they really disappear. I struggle getting chalk out of my fabric.


An iron with steam is essential for sewing.

Thread Snips & Dressmaking Scissors

Or a smaller pair of scissors to cut any threads, trim seam allowances or snip into your fabric. And of course a good pair of dressmaking scissors to only cut your fabric with.

Optional Beginner Tools

To press your hems nice and straight. If you don't have it, you could make one with cardboard or simply use the traditional method by measuring.

It is small device to measure your seam allowance or smaller areas, or even your seam allowance on your machine.

For your sewing machine to keep your seam allowance. If you don't want to spend money on that, simply use masking or washi tape.

If you want to venture into quilting or sew mostly crafting, instead of dressmaking, projects then a quilting ruler, self-healing cutting mat and rotary cutter are a good investment too.

Is there anything you have used as a beginner and would recommend other tools apart from the above list? Comment below

Thanks for hanging out with me.

Happy Sewing,


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