There's the Thread; I have the Needle!
I'm backkk. On a new platform. Feeling bossy!!
I thought of many astounding topics to cover this week and ironically, I received 3 to 4 direct messages about designing and sewing. Since I am still moderately new, I can only tell you what I know and what I've experienced with sewing and it's aesthetics. Now, as a beginner, I can honestly tell you that it will not be easy. I have taken two sewing classes, hand's-on, and I still learned a hefty amount of what I know from practicing, alone, in my zone.
With that being said, you should research and learn more about sewing before you commit to it. Yes, it is expensive, but the results are timeless. Google was my best friend when I decided to get back into the groove of things. I put my knowledge to the test and decided to go for it even though I had not touched a sewing machine in nearly five years. So, yes ma'am, I was Johnson and Johnson baby FRESH.
Remember these simple rules. Rule #1: Do. Not. Purchase. A. Sewing Machine. Based. on. the Looks of it. Rule #2: Reread rule number 1. Everything that glitter's isn't gold and if the machine cannot get the job done, it is useless. When deciding on a machine, please do not go out and spend tons of money. Why? Maybe you are in the moment and when the hemming, and other confusing techniques frustrate the hell out of you, you are out of your money.
*even though I am encouraging you not to give up. Greatness takes time.*
My lightweight and durable sewing machine was $99 at Walmart. Very inexpensive. It has 17 built-in stitches that are great for more experienced home tailor and novice. You can repair a hem with the built-in hem stitch or you can pin a button on a shirt within a matter of minutes with the 4-step buttonhole maker.. I mean, how much easier can it get.
Now, what's inside of my goody bag?!! EVERYTHING. haha. But no, seriously, I have majority of the tools that beginners to experienced hobbyists may need to work like a true boss. My kit includes: measuring tape, scissors; because SCISSORS matter, I'll explain momentarily, a seam ripper, good ole'fashioned pins, and a host of other measuring and marking tools.
If you are using commercial patterns, then you will more than likely have to transfer some sort of marking. Therefore, you will need marking chalk. There are also marking pencils (looks exactly like a colored pencil, just a different formula) which are available for use. Note that the marking method to use is employed based off of the thickness and stability of your fabric.
Many of these small items are located inside of my convenient deluxe store and tote. I also keep scrap pieces of fabric at the bottom because I never know where my creativity may lead me.
Designing and coming up with your own clothing ideas can be fun, but tough. I enjoy it simply because it gives my creativity a chance to flourish. Buy the items you may need over periods of time, do not rush to get them all at once.
Are you a clothing designer or seamstress, what are your favorite tools to use from your fabric kit?
Mine is my pink arm cushion. So convenient and cute!
Happy sewing dolls and gents,