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What’s in the box?

The sewing kit.  Whether it consists of a single spool of thread or a vast collection of sewing goodies, every household has one.  It’s the go to tool kit when that button needs sewn back on, or you decide to make that dress pattern you’ve been eyeing up for months.  My sewing kit started with a packet of needles purchase for £1 in Tesco and its grown significantly over the past couple of years.

 

Ever keen sewer looks at their sewing box as their baby.  Replenishing threads,needles, pins; looking after your favourite set of shears and adding accessories that you never knew existed- yet, can’t imagine what you would do without them now.  My sewing box has grown arms and legs over the past few years and not everything fits in my little box.  So I have to just choose a few essentials to live in my book box, also known as “The Bible.”

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As far as I am concerned there are four main things you need in your sewing box :

  1. A good set of shears
  2. A mixture of threads and bobbins
  3. Marking pens
  4. A few miscellaneous accessories.

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A good set of fabric shears are intrinsic to any sewing kit.  Being a lefty, I really struggled to get a set of shears that were comfortable to use and that didn’t rip fabric to ribbons.  The black scissors at the top of the picture have been my saving grace.  They are from John Lewis and have made cutting fabric more bearable and less stressful than it used to be.  You can get a similar pair here. The green pair of scissors are normal household scissors which are always good to have in your sewing kit. You never know when you are going to need them.

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Now, something I have learned over the past few months is that you can never have enough spools of thread or spare bobbins lying about.  From making my jacket, I have found it so useful to have a vast array of coloured thread at you disposal.  I frequently use contrasting threads on garments for basting seams together or tracing the grain lines. This makes it easier for me to remove these threads without removing permanent stitches.  Having some spare bobbins lying around is always useful, especially if you are anything like me and have a habit of losing them!

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When I started sewing I didn’t realise just how important it was to have an array off marking tools for transferring information from patterns to fabric. It’s fair to say that these are the tools that I use the most when I’m making a garment.  The fabric pen is a great investment as it easily marks fabric and only comes out when you wash the garment.  For the more delicate fabrics, I use a chalk pen which just rubs off after a while.  These are both available at any good fabric or craft store.  A pencil, a sharpie and a ruler are great for marking things on to your pattern pieces or toiles and taking notes of any adjustments you have to make.

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This picture shows all the tools you are going to need to assemble your garment. A good set of needles, both hand needles and machine needle, are essential.  You should replace your machine needles after you have completed a project.  If the needle is on the blunt side it can cause your machine to skip stitches and your threads can become a big tangled mess.  A good range of hand sewing needles are fundamental in your kit.  You should should definitely treat yourself every year to some new hand sewing needle to keep them sharp and make them go through fabric easier.

You can never have enough pins in your life.  They stabilise fabric before you sew a seam together.  I have also learned that the more pins you use, the easier it is to control the stitching of your seam and the less likely for the material to shift.  The more control the better.  However, there are times when things go wrong.  But never fear! Your trusty seam ripper will come to the rescue.  You get to know your seam ripper very well and you never sew without it! Even the best of seamstress use their ripper on a regular basis.

So now you have seen all the goodies inside my sewing box! I never start a new project without making sure that my box is fully stocked and ready for action.  What’s hiding in your sewing box?  Or, are you a complimentary hotel sewing kit kinda person?

Until next time Twee-ers,

love, love

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