Sewing 101: Assembling Your Sewing Kit

As a beginner in the sewing world, you might be wondering what it takes to get your at-home sewing kit together. There are several things you'll need to keep on hand, as well as a few things that you'll use quite often. During the course of this blog series, you'll learn all there is to know about the beginning stages of sewing, from the different types of fabrics, terminology and more!

Things You'll Need From The Fabric Store

Regular Needles

  • Denim: 70/10 to 110/18

  • Leather or other non-woven fabrics: 80/12 to 110/18
  • Machine embroidery: 70/10 to 90/14
  • Metallic: 80/12

Specialty Needles

  • Ball-point: For Knits - 70/10 to 100/16
  • Sharp: For finely woven fabrics - 60/8 to 90/14
  • Universal: For knits or woven - 60/8 to 120/19

Sewing Notions in Portland

  • Thimble
  • Straight pins
  • Seam ripper
  • Safety pins
  • Pin cushion
  • Needle threader
  • Embellishments
  • Chalk or pens made for fabric
  • Buttons/zippers/hook-and-eye closures

More Sewing Notions in Portland

  • Small snaps
  • Beeswax
  • Bias tape
  • Buttons in all shapes, sizes and colors
  • Elastic
  • Hand-sewing needles in various sizes
  • Iron-on tape or patches
  • Pin holder
  • Seam binding
  • Tape measure

You might be wondering what types of fine fabrics you should start purchasing. While it all depends on the projects you're planning to start, you can begin buying favorites you see when visiting fabric stores in Portland. You never know what you might find when out browsing so go ahead and start accumulating!

In our next blog post, we will have more information to help you get started on your new sewing journey! Terminology can sometimes be hard to understand. Our next two articles will feature those terms and definitions that might be difficult for you!

Fabric Stores in Portland 

Interested in learning more? Contact us! In addition to providing you with the finest fabrics and accessories, we also offer couture clothing services for those that aren’t able to create garments. We understand how busy life can be. That’s why we offer you a way to bring your visions for our fabrics to life, without having to take time out of your day to do so! Contact us today to talk with our experts!

If you missed any blogs in this series, visit the here:

  • Sewing 101: Types of Fabric
  • Sewing 101: More Types of Fabric
  • Sewing 101: Assembling Your Sewing Kit
  • Sewing 101: Terminology
  • Sewing 101: Terminology