Nothing satisfies a seamster more than fresh new supplies. Whether it be sharp new shears or a handy cutting mat, sewers (not soo-ers) love their supplies. Opt for ala carte when putting together a sewing notions kit. That way you can choose higher quality items and eliminate the unncessary ones. The best thing about this is that you can spend a little or alot and get credit for everything. Here's a list....
that may help guide you when you enter a Joann Fabric superstore or order online:
- Gingher Shears. The Cadillac of scissors. Embroidery scissors (above) or a special pair for the Southpaw Sewer. They turn fabric into "butt-ah"
Cheetah handled Right Handed Bent Shears (a dream come true)
- Rotary Cutter. Takes the wear and tear off the hands and wrist. A must for the quilter. (Is this rotary cutter slick, or what?)
- Ergonomic Seam Ripper. As much as we try not to, we screw up and have to tear out.
- A plethora of thread colors. Gutermann covers the spectrum.
- Be a doll and hang a nifty thread rack right next to the sewing machine for easy access.
- A swing light is an inexpensive item and absolutely necessary if the sewer is relegated to a little nook.
- There are so many 'must have' sewing books available, this happens to be one of my favorites, but check out the selection of specialty sewing books too.
- Just plain white and colored chalk for marking. It's inexpensive and brushes off easily.
- Gift card for Joann or other fabric stores. Buying fabric is a personal thing.
- Plenty of straight pins and a cute pincushion. I think there's an entire book about making cute pincushions.
- Large cutting mat for table protection.
- Tracing wheel and tracing paper
- Plain newsprint for sketching ideas or pattern design
- Straight needles for handsewing (variety pack)
- Curved needles for home decorating projects