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Date: 5/23/13 5:14 PM

What do you consider to be the minimum/essential supplies and notions for a new sewist? I need a fairly comprehensive list, but really essential items, as I will be purchasing them myself for one of my daughters.

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Date: 5/23/13 5:33 PM

I think this was asked not long ago. If my daughter takes an interest in sewing, I may have to do the same thing. This is what I use all the time. I have more than this but I add on when I need something specific. This is the list of something that I use all the time:
Hand sewing needles, machine sewing needles (several types to match the fabric she is sewing), a hem gauge, a ruler, pins and a pincushion, scissors (maybe a big pair and a smaller pair for thread snipping), tape measure, a seam ripper, marking pens or pencils, and maybe a sewing book (I like Reader's Digest).

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Date: 5/23/13 5:33 PM

A high-quality pair of cloth shears
A reasonable pair of paper scissors
A pair of thread-snips
A few hand-sewing needles for basting etc.
Water-soluble fabric pencil (I love Clover's)
A box of silk pins or Clover's forked pins
Clover hera (a tracing tool) or tracing wheel (I personally prefer the hera because I feel like I can control it better)
Wax transfer paper
Gridded transparent ruler
French curve
A roll of tracing (i.e. see-through) paper for pattern work
A mechanical pencil for pattern work
An iron with a good steam function + ironing board

These are the things I can't live without. Pattern weights are really nice but you could substitute household items like soup cans and stuff if you want. I actually bought a bunch of giant metal washers (like 4" diameter) to use as pattern weights and I love them. You should technically also have a tailor's ham and sleeve roll but you can make do with towels.

Edit: I have a page with links to websites where you can buy pretty much everything on this list on my blog:
-- Edited on 5/23/13 5:35 PM -- http://yousewlikeagirl.blogspot.com/p/resources.html
-- Edited on 5/23/13 5:35 PM --

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Date: 5/23/13 5:36 PM

Sewing clothes or quilts or what? Totally different ball game depending on what somebody chooses to sew.

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Date: 5/23/13 6:55 PM

Here's my list:
BASICS
4 pairs of scissors: fabric, paper, thread (can be clippers), pinking
Seam ripper: A seamstress's BFF
Measuring tape
Pack of various hand needles
Dressmaker's pink and glass head needles
Tracing Wheel
Tracing paper
Yard stick ruler
Pressing cloth
Tailor's ham + sleeve ham
Tailor's chalk
Sliding Hem Gauge
Metal washers as pattern weights
Assorted basic color spools of thread: black, white, beige, gray, navy, brown, green

MODERN BASICS (often, fancy versions of the above)
Rotary cutter with appropriate size of blades: 45mm as average
Cutting mat
Scalpel
Grided ironing board cover
Silicon iron shoe
Grided tracing paper (Swedish or otherwise)
Washable tracing pen OR retractable pencil chalk (F&P?)
24in grided clear ruler
Magnetic pin holder (tabletop or wrist)
Metal or Silicone Hem Ironing Guide
Silk organza pressing cloth

And if she gets hooked on garment sewing:
Presser feet: invisible zip, stitch-in-the-ditch and walking foot are MUST HAVES, IMO
Fusible Hem Tape (Steam-a-Seam, Wonder Tape etc.)
Assorted yardage of quality fusible interfacing
Yardage of clear elastic

DISCLAIMER: I do not own or use/have used all the items listed but if I had someone fulfiling my wish list,yes, I would take it all, LOL!
-- Edited on 5/23/13 6:56 PM --

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Date: 5/23/13 8:46 PM

Sewing clothes, initially. Thanks for all the suggestions so far.

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Date: 5/28/13 0:11 AM

I recommend that you don't spend too much money or time trying to guess what your daughter might want to use. If your daughter decides to get serious about sewing, she will quickly develop her own list of items. For example, many garment sewers today (including me) prefer rotary cutters to shears, and your daughter might end up being one of them.

So I recommend that you keep the list very short and and the budget fairly low. This would be the bare minimum for someone just starting out:

18" C-thru gridded ruler (the one everyone uses).
inexpensive shears (because she will probably prefer rotary cutting)
pins
hand sewing needles
thread


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Date: 5/28/13 3:52 AM

I'd highly recommend a Clover Chaco liner. I have a difficult time making precise, visible markings with wax pencils and tailor's chalk; I have a pink Chaco liner now and it has really made a huge difference in marking ease. It might actually be my favorite notion.

I agree that every seamstress is different and will have her own list of "essentials". Starting out with a small selection of good basic tools (scissors, pins, marking tools) will allow her to sew a few beginner projects before deciding for herself what she'd like to add to her arsenal.

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Date: 5/28/13 11:54 AM

I am trying to keep the list short because I'll be footing the bill, but she can't afford to buy any supplies herself. This is a hobby that I'll be moneyrolling for the foreseeable future.

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Date: 5/28/13 11:55 AM

Thanks, I will check that out...maybe for myself, too!

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