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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 2): Tools of the Trade

by Sarah

Welcome back to The Beginner’s Guide to Sewing!

In episode 2, you’ll learn all about the required tools/supplies for sewing. When we were planning this video, our goal was to make the supply list as inexpensive as possible for the novice sewist.

Our solution was to break the supply list into 3 categories, from “absolutely must have” to “important, but you can get by without.”  Keep in mind, these are just the essential tools. Things like fabric, notions, interfacing, and patterns are all project specific and will be picked up as you go along.

Must-Have Sewing Notions For Beginners (Priority 1):

All-Purpose Foot

All-Purpose Polyester Thread

Ball Point Needles

Basic Sewing Machine – The Janome 2212 is a nice starter machine.



Hand Sewing Needles


Measuring Gauge

Measuring Tape 

Needle Chart (Download or Purchase)

Needle Threader


Sewing Scissors – We like Gingher and Fiskar 

Seam Ripper


Universal Needles

Water Soluble Marker

Zipper Foot

Iron and Pressing Cloth (scrap white cotton works nicely)

Do you need a sewing kit? Check out our Beginner’s Sewing Supply Kit!

Priority 2:

Acrylic Ruler

Basting Spray


Rotary Mat

Rotary Cutter

Thread Heaven

Priority 3:

Binding Tool 

French Design Ruler

Pattern Weights

Pinking Shears

Walking Foot

I hope this video was helpful. Episode 3 is all about decoding paper patterns, fabric, and notions!

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Jess October 22, 2015 - 4:40 am

What size rotary cutter do you recommend?

Sarah October 30, 2015 - 1:17 pm

Hi Jess! A 45mm is a great universal cutter size.

Robin August 30, 2015 - 7:20 am

Another excellent video!

Dianne July 10, 2015 - 12:37 pm

What size gridded cutting mat do you recommend?

Sarah July 10, 2015 - 4:15 pm

Hi Dianne! I really recommend the 36 by 24 inch mat because it gives you so much work space. The OLFA brand is durable and long lasting – I’ve had mine for 2 years and it’s still in excellent shape: https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/24×36-gridded-cutting-mat-olfa-9891.aspx

Peg June 22, 2014 - 4:29 pm

Is there a side cutter foot compatible with a viking emerald 203 machine or a 2054 pfaff machine?

Sarah June 23, 2014 - 10:56 am

Hi Peg! Unfortunately, there isn’t one compatible with the viking emerald 203 or the pfaff 2054.

Sarah June 23, 2014 - 11:20 am

The singer side cutter foot has a very similar shank, so it may work. I can’t guarantee, though. https://www.sewingpartsonline.com/side-cutter-foot-singer-555790.aspx


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