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Here is my Sewing Essentials List! This list is assuming you already have a sewing machine and an ironing board and iron (since most people have these). This video is for you if you have a sewing machine and want to learn to sew, or just got a machine and aren’t sure what to do next! These are the basics that I suggest a beginner invest in right up front, but the list isn’t too long so that it won’t break the bank!

Comment below on your sewing essentials!

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Here is my video on sewing machines if you are curious about my thoughts on machines and features I love plus some FAQ’s

Review of my current machine – Juki TL 2010Q

Where you can get the Juki

Fiskars Rotary Cutting Set (Includes Mat, Rotary Cutter and Ruler) GREAT PRICE!

Fabric Scissors

Pins and Pincushion (I like the glass heads because you can iron on them)

Pincushion Video

Clover Wonder Clips

Aurifil Thread (I like Aurifil, but you can use a basic thread from a local craft store to get started)

My Thread Collection Video (Lots of good info on thread and different types and brands)

Schmetz Assorted Needle Pack

Seam Ripper

Marking Tools (There are lots of options, but I recommend a water soluble pen to start)

Tape Measure

Lastly, when you are first starting out, I recommend getting only the materials you need for each specific project. That way in can spread out the costs over time. For example, if you want to make a zipper pouch, get your zipper, fabric, coordinating thread and interfacing. Once you complete that project, purchase the materials for your next one.

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  1. Do you have a video for a simple window valance?

  2. tstrbright says:

    what are your favorite sewing books?

  3. AfroTee says:

    The extra bobbin tip is something I learned by accident.  I kept buying thread for new projects and then one day I didn't have an empty bobbin to put in my machine and I was like, "Uh ohhhhhh". LOL!  Now I keep extras around.  Good tips.  Thanks for sharing!  

  4. I think it should be said that they need to have bobbin cases for their bobbins but i do like the list.!! 

  5. AmBo2014 says:

    Can you please make a tutorial for the pull-tab makeup pouches that you showed in your 100th giveaway video?

  6. ayeikat says:

    love your videos so detailed and you provided links THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

  7. juliann gray says:

    I just discovered your channel, I love your ideas, I'm addicted lol I pretty crafty but know very basics on sewing.

  8. Aimee Ault says:

    Thanks for sharing this video! I just got my first sewing machine and after fiddling around with it and some scrap cloth wasn't really sure what all I needed to make something a bit more professional than two pieces of cloth sewed together 🙂 But now I'm set, thanks!

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