My Basic Sewing Kit..
So you've visited www.thepinkflamingodesigns.com, found NatashaMakes and want to start sewing. Fab!
All you need is a few items and you are good to go.
Let me talk you through the basics before we begin.
Before starting to make, you need a good pair of Fabric scissors. These don't need to be expensive, (though there are some very expensive ones out there!) Mine cost around £20 and have lasted years. The ones I have are 25cm in length, with the blade being 11cm of this. It is important to remember to try them out before you buy, the last thing you want is a heavy pair that gives you hand - ache when you're cutting!
Although you can get really good paper scissors, it is important that they are for cutting fabric.
These are the orange pair that are shaped like a butterfly. You can pick these up for about £3 from anywhere in almost any design. These are useful for trimming loose threads or unpicking mistakes (if and when they happen!)
This is the little green tool on the right. Similar to the embroidery scissors - it is handy o have if you make a mistake.
It is impossible to dress-make without a set of pins. These need to be stainless steel and around 3cm in length works best, with a flat head. These will become your best friend!
A Tape Measure:
Mine actually came out of a Christmas Cracker! And I have had it years. It is a standard one which goes up to 150cm which is good for all my uses.
I am a huge fan of hand sewing and so I would be lost without a pack of hand sewing needles.
And last but not least..Thread. Any thready will do, I work with polyester thread as it is what my machine prefers. Either that or cotton! You can pick up a spool or bobbin from any haberdashery shop.
There are extras you may need and I will talk about them as and when we may need them.
Until now, this is all you need to start sewing!