A few months back I opened Don't Waste your Homemaking to contributors who have a passion for Jesus and have a particular area in homemaking that they thrive in. Today, I'm introducing the first contributor, Sarah from Why Sew Serious. She is basically amazing! She will be sharing what you need to get started sewing.
I’m a twenty-five year old wife from New
I absolutely love being my husband’s helper these (almost) four years.
I spend my days teaching English part-time,
welcoming tourists at our Christchurch airport and keeping house.
To relax and recuperate after a year full of earthquakes, I sew, sew, sew – oh, and did I say sew?
I am a self-taught beginner and have only ever been to one class, so all the posts I’m going to be writing about will be for people like me – who love fabric and using their fingers actively, but don’t really know where to start! So join me as we learn all about the basics of sewing, in particular quilting and other homemade goodies for the house. Check out my blog too, at Why Sew Serious.
Pins/Pin Cushion/Unpicker. I go through pins – but only because I lose them all the time! Good pins are a necessity and having enough is a must. Keeping them in a pin cushion that is ready at hand is a good tip, and you can also buy pin cushions that wrap around your wrist. As much as I hate unpicking and used to avoid it at all costs, if I want my sewing to look accurate, sometimes I have to. So, unpicker’s are a hated but necessary tool.
Scissors/Rottery Cutter. I used both of these interchangeably, but I must be honest and say I haven’t mastered the rottery cutter yet. Mature quilters use their cutters for everything, but I’m still learning, so I like using scissors mostly. But both are needed. Buy a good brand for both, they’re worth the money.
Ruler. I’ve picked these up as I’ve gone and must say that now that I have them, I love them. This is when you do use your rottery cutter rather than templates (which I make handmade with cardboard). They are easy to measure and once in place, you slice along the edge with the cutter.
Mat. When you use your cutter, these self-healing mats are fantastic and you won’t destroy that tabletop! It’s also got measurements on it to help everything align rightly.
Sewing Box. Invest in one of these – they’re cute and great to store everything in.
Machine. My sewing machine is the most basic and cheapest you can get – but for what I do, it’s all you need. If you like embroidery, invest in a more high-range machine, but the basics are excellent all the same. Make sure it has different stitch types and lengths as well as a button-hole setting. They usually come with extra bits and bobs, but what you need to invest in are “bobbins” – the thread holder that is put inside the machine. You need quite a few for different colours you use.