For me the essentials are:
good quality scissors
lots of pins
pin cushion (makes life so much easier)
tailors chalk (don't buy the pencils - they suck)
Plenty of different thread colours.
needles - different sizes.
I also find it really useful having lots of bobbins - i went and bought a whole bunch and made a bobbin with every thread i had and store them in a little bobbin container. So easy being able to see them all clearly and grab the colour you need. Before this i only had about three bobbins and was winding new colours on every time i had a new project - annoying.
I think most other stuff you can get as you go - wait until you need it and grow your collection that way.
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23-11-2011 07:07 #21has left the building
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23-11-2011 09:24 #22
Sorry if this is hijacking OP but I have a question for those that use lots of bobbins... do you use plastic or metal? the plastic are much cheaper but I don't have a removable bobbin case in my 30yo dinosaur Elna and i'm afraid of a plastic one breaking. I can't afford lots of metal ones tho...
23-11-2011 10:42 #23
However you need to be very careful when buying these as they come in different sizes! New machines seem to have a taller bobbin and if you use the wrong size one you can break the bobbin spinning thingy.
The best way is to google your machine make and number and check what size to use.
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23-11-2011 11:03 #24
Subscribing. I'm getting one for my birthday in feb!
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23-11-2011 11:20 #25Senior Member
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- Permanent place for the sewing machine would be idea. I get sick of hauling it in and out of the cupboard
- Good scissors
- Small pair of cheap scissors for snips
- Lots of bobbins
- Unpicker (my best friend with sewing)
- Sewing gauge
Atlantic puffin - I love that link! And your covers look gorgeous too. Very talented you are
Tiggy - I only use plastic and have never had a problem.
23-11-2011 12:00 #26has left the building
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I use plastic bobbins, never had any issue with them.
05-12-2011 17:53 #27
Bias tape maker!!
I bought an electric one and I have never looked back.
It's a great piece of kit.
06-12-2011 15:11 #28Senior Member
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Ive just started setting up my own little space and luckily ive got my mums sewing machine plus the cabinet it goes in SCORE lol. I was trawling google also for essentials and starting to get some stuff so this thread is just perfect. Bought scissors and some thin elastic specially for nappy covers..... too cute with ruffles once i master that. Ive collected material on ebay every now and then so think my stash is good to go. I really need some more colored thread plus bobbins so might have to go to the craft store for that (but black and white is good for now)
Im starting off with embellishing bibs, hats ect then going to try a ruffle bum and those shoes posted previously are to die for. LOVE having a lil girl to sew for
06-12-2011 15:31 #29
Thanks for the tips and patterns! I'm getting a new sewing machine and overlocker for christmas and I can't wait!!
06-12-2011 15:36 #30
You can never have to many bobbins & some where to put them all.
My overlocker is my best friend, i inherited her from Nan's friend but she's AWESOME. Just dont unthread them
Super sharp scissors & a home for them
Buttons im button OBSESSED
Hock & eyes
fabric - dah
Having a permanent place for your machines AWAY from LITTLE people. I use the spare room & have a kiddie lock on the door.
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