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« Reply #80 on: July 31, 2008 07:56:33 AM »

You guys forgot my favorite brand! Henckels, love my Henckels. I spent a lot on them though, I have a larger than usual size of sewing shears that I spent $70 on. I love them Smiley

I sew a lot, I use my scissors a ton & need them sharpened about once a year, especially my tiny embroidery snips.

Good scisors will have a screw or other tightenable fastener at the hinge, cheap scissors often have a rivet, which means that can't be sharpwned more than once or twice.

One of the most important things you need for succcessful sewing that goes unmentioned more often than not is a good cutting surface. The kitchen table is passable, but the height is not ideal for extended periods unless you are very short. Most people cutting on a kitchen/ dining table get a sore back because it is too low. Counters are a much better height but often too small or too crowded for dress cutting. Avoid working on the floor if at all possible, especially carpeted floors.
« Reply #81 on: July 31, 2008 05:52:58 PM »

Thank you everyone for you advice and help. I just but a pair of gingher scissors and they cut super well. the lady at the store let me try the out and i got them. i didn't think they were that high in price only 30.00 so i think i did good. thank you everyone.
« Reply #82 on: July 31, 2008 09:24:49 PM »

Glad you got what you needed Cheesy
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« Reply #83 on: August 16, 2008 04:46:43 AM »

I personally can't live without my rotary cutter and mat.  If you are going to be sewing a lot and wanting/needing to cut a lot of straight lines I strongly suggest you get a rotary cutter and a BIG mat - I am not talking huge but a good 2x3 at the least - and a straight edge long enough to span the widest part of the mat.
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« Reply #84 on: August 19, 2008 04:44:10 PM »

Don't forget the see thru acrylic ruler w/all the measurements - it comes in all shapes & widths. It is so easy to cut a 1/4" or 1/2" using the measurements. The person that invented that is a genious! 

« Reply #85 on: November 14, 2008 08:10:24 AM »

What sort of things will I need for general everyday sewing. I want to get a rotary cutter... but I know there is more involved in sewing than that! (besides the machine heheh)
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« Reply #86 on: November 14, 2008 11:18:48 AM »


Buy a good, sharp pair of scissors (don't skimp!! they are worth the money), a seam ripper, steel sewing pins (an excuse to make a pin cushion!), a seamstress measuring tape, extra bobbins, a variety pack of needles and some black, tan and white thread.

After that -- my best advice would be to pick a project and buy what you need for that project.  Then pick another project, and buy what you need for it... and so on.  Because if you aren't going to use it in a project, you really don't need it, no matter how many "basics" lists it ends up on!  For example, if you don't quilt, you might not end up using the rotary cutter so much. 

Also, what ends up being useful is very personal -- for example, I can't live without my yardstick, but that's because I make a lot of 30-inch long a-line skirts.  But if you want to make mostly wallets and purses and pillows, a yardstick would be far less useful to you

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« Reply #87 on: November 14, 2008 03:28:56 PM »

A seam ripper!  Absolutely, definitely, get a good quality seam ripper.

You may also want two pairs of scissors:  one specifically and only for fabric, and then another pair for cutting patterns and any other paper pieces you may use.

I never thought, starting out sewing, that I would find a use for pre-threaded bobbins, but now I love having at least a few (you can do them yourself) in basic colors for mending, mock-ups, and general sewing.

Other than that, listen to Katxena...figure out what you're going to be sewing, what those projects need, and down the line, start stocking up on that.  Since you're new to it, you may want to get several yards of any inexpensive cotton or muslin--something you can practice new techniques on before getting to your good fabrics.

And have fun!

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« Reply #88 on: November 21, 2008 01:42:44 PM »

Let's see..my must-have sewing supplies list. 

(Probably redundant from earlier posts...but here we go anyway!)

Scissors.  Quality, Fiskars brand = nice
    I use these: http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_no-8-softouch-scissors.aspx 

Thread snips/seam ripper.  (help you rip out mistakes and clip corners)
   I use these:  http://www.fiskarscrafts.com/tools/t_softouch-micro-tip-scissors.aspx

Flexible measuring tape.  I also have a 15" non-slip metal ruler, which can be great for when you don't want a wiggly measuring tape. 

Quilting pins.  Longer than standard pins...make pinnin much easier.

Pin cushion.

Hand-sewing needles.  For basting, tacking, finishing, etc.

Disappearing Ink Marking Pen.  For transferring markings from patterns, making notes to yourself (back vs. front, L vs. R)

Iron and Ironing board. 

Extra sewing machine needles.  Nothing worse than having to stop a project because you just broke your last needle.

Thread.  I would recommend purchasing it to go with your projects, and you'l build up a nice stash...but for basics: Black, White, Navy, Brown, Red (I always need red!)

Extra bobbins. 

Sewing machine manual. 

Good light in your work area.  Good cushion under your butt. 

I don't have a rotary cutter nor pinking shears.  I've been sewing for years and years without one.  Maybe I'd be a convert if someone gave me one, but I don't think it's a Must-Have. 

Good luck! 

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« Reply #89 on: November 21, 2008 03:40:34 PM »

My all time favorite tool for sewing is the Clover chalko liner. It makes the niceset marking line, and is easier to use than a pencil. We use it all the time on our DIYStyle vodcasts. We also have a list of what we use regularly on our show, as THE KIT. Just go to www.diystyle.net, and look for THE KIT blog post to see what we keep in ours. And while you are there enter our new contest, TGIF Gifts (new DIY gifts every Friday until Christmas). Check it out for nabbing yourself some free sewing goodies!
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