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detroy
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Date: 8/21/13 12:04 PM

I'm getting back into sewing clothing and would like to have some basic supplies available so I don't have to run out to the store every time I need some little thing. I'm mostly sewing clothing, both knits and wovens. Right now mostly tops, tunics, light jackets and skirts.

What should I have on stocked in my room? I'm pretty clueless when it comes to interfacing. Are there a couple kinds I should get? What are the other things that people forget to have on hand?

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Date: 8/21/13 12:15 PM

For interfacing, I highly recommend checking out the varieties offered by Pam at Fashion Sewing Supply.

As far as the other tidbits (needles, thread, zippers, etc), check out Wawak for prices, variety and exceptional customer service.

NAYY with either entity, they are some of my (and other PR member) favorites.

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Date: 8/21/13 1:06 PM

I second the recommendations of Fashion Sewing Supply and Wawak. For interfacing, you probably want the light and medium weight and the tricot (for knits) fusibles from FSS; they are suitable for tops and shirts in light to medium weight fabrics. Look at the entire range and the types of fabrics you are using, though. Wools and suitings may require heavier interfacings. From Wawak, order zippers! They have every type of zipper and are very reasonably priced. Skirts typically require 7" or 9", dresses 22", pants 4"-9". Get a supply of them in neutral colours (black, natural, grey, brown) and you'll be set. Longer is better because zippers are easy to shorten. For invisible zippers, the colour really doesn't matter, as the zipper tape will be hidden in the seam! Same for thread: stock up on neutrals. The Gutermann Mara 100 at Wawak is reasonably priced and is on 1094yard spools. I believe there is a sale on this thread for the month of August. Also, you can never have too many seam rippers (unfortunately!), pins, seam gauges, tape measures or sewing machine needles! Again, choose needles based on the fabrics you are using. Get them in different sizes. 80/12 and 90/14 are the most commonly used, but it is good to have finer and heavier duty needles on hand as well.

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Date: 8/21/13 1:14 PM

I bought an entire spool of the elastic I like for waistbands and am always glad that it's there.

I'd also like to get 4 spools of Maxi-lock serger thread in all the neutral colors that blend well (rose, tan, grey). I already have black and white.

Sewing machine needles are something I like to stock up on when there are good sales.

I second the advice to stock up on interfacing from Pam Erny. I bought a huge amount of a different brand before I learned about Pam's and I regret that purchase every time I see that roll.

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Date: 8/21/13 2:41 PM

Get one of these (from AMazon or walmart or JoAnn's or wherever). It comes in handy for lots of things - I use it to protect my table, to cut out things in other places (the floor, the bed, etc.), any time I need a flat, white surface. The white comes in handy (and sometimes the lines) when tracing patterns. You don't even have to fold it out completely.

If you will be doing that (tracing - and I recommend it), get yourself some rolls of something. People here recommend several different types of paper (there are a few threads about it) or even plastic.

In addition to machine needles, also get a variety of hand sewing needles. You may even want to try beading or embroidery, who knows. And grab some kind of needle threading helper. Most places that sell any kind of notions will have these for cheap -
, but there are other types, too. Having this on hand is helpful on those days where everything is frustrating!

Don't stock up too much on thread, but while you have relatively none, make it a habit to check for matching thread when you buy fabric. That's how I built up my "collection" - so now I rarely need to buy thread.

I also agree with whoever mentioned elastic. Get some in black and white in a few widths (1/4", 1/2", 1", whatever you like in waistbands and sleeve cuffs). Sometimes when a pattern calls for a drawstring, it will fit better if you use elastic instead for the back waist - and attach the drawstring to either end. Elastic thread can also be fun for ruching.

And don't forget storage (you pick what you like - and there are many threads here about it) and books. You can "test drive" books by checking them out from the library. See which ones speak your language or have the most project you want to try. When I looked at the BurdaStyle Handbook at Barnes and Noble, I wasn't interested (got the Colette Handbook instead), but I've since checked it out from the library (multiple times, lol) and think I need my own copy. I also bought some serger books - but found I like some of the ones at the library better!

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Date: 8/21/13 2:56 PM

I agree with most of what has been said above.

First, assess what you use/need the most and build from there.

A few years ago, I bought a bolt of unbleached cotton for muslins. If I had not lost it in an Unfortunate Event, I would still be using it.

Same thing for lining. I have A LOT of cotton batiste for lining my dresses (I live in the Caribbean = a lot of lightweight cotton in stash).

Definitely zippers/buttons/thread in basic colors like black, white, navy, brown, cream, grey etc., machine needles in various sizes that you use (I always run out of size 12/80, the average one), your favorite pins.

IF you use rotary cutters, the diameter of your most used one.

All these things can be stocked up on during sales. When I travel to the US, I try to do it around a sale holiday and the cashiers always remember the size of my cart, LOL! (I keep a list all year long and then BAM!)

Oh, and FSS has a sample pack you might want to try. I am routinely tempted by it but haven't caved yet. How stalwarth(sp) of me, non? But you should try it, get an idea of the range.

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Date: 8/21/13 3:21 PM

I would recommend against stocking up on linings- I have a boatload of lining fabrics, and I've lined the bodice of all of three garments, two of which are UFOs and the other is a costume (dirndl). It will take some time to figure out what you really wear, go easy on everything, especially fabric, until then.

They will make more, they will run a sale again. You might miss out on that one print, but another will be along shortly.

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