A Beginner’s Guide To Sewing Tools

Article published at: Dec 14, 2022 Article author: Jan Larson
A Beginner’s Guide To Sewing Tools
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If you’ve ever ventured into the sewing notions section of a sewing or craft store, you’ll find many different sewing tools to choose from. There are simple elements like a pin cushion, needle and thread, and more difficult to understand ones like thimbles. Numerous pieces of equipment and supplies can make you feel like you’re on pins and needles!

Jokes apart, the world of sewing is boundless, filled with materials and techniques that are used in many sewing crafts. The variety of sewing supplies for a beginner can be a little overwhelming. While specific sewing resources are necessary, some are enjoyable extras that are only needed for specific crafts, thimbles are used by anyone who sews anything by hand.

If you’re new to sewing crafts, this beginner’s guide will help you grasp the world of sewing tools and how they work. You’ll soon discover there’s more than just needle and thread you need in your sewing kit.


Fabric shears are unquestionably among the most crucial supplies you’ll need to keep on hand in your sewing kit. Because their blades might become dull and damage the fabric, it’s crucial to keep them separate and only use them for stitching. Spend wisely on them rather than choosing the cheapest options because decent ones can last a long time.

Thread cutting scissors are also important. While hand sewing, you will often reach for handy, smaller scissors to simply cut a thread.


The thimble is perhaps the most typical sewing instrument that has been around for centuries and is required for manual sewing. This handy bucket-shaped metal item protects your finger when pushing a needle through layers of cloth and batting. You can purchase ones made of plastic or wood, but I recommend sticking to metal for its durability and sturdiness.

A simple thimble is all you need, but there are many sizes and styles out there. It is important that your thimble fit properly, or you will spend too much time holding onto the thimble with your thumb or picking it up off the floor.

When buying a thimble, you should try them on and make certain that your fingertip is solidly at the end of the thimble… and that you can dangle the thimble at the tip of your finger, and it does not fall off.

If you want something more elaborate, you can buy thimbles that resemble jewelry. The ones with the open nail design allow your longer fingernail to emerge from the back of the thimble. It’s air conditioning for your hard working finger. These are made of silicone and rubber and leather…

Given their durability, the ones made in good quality sterling silver are the best thimbles for hand sewing.

Seam Ripper

Even the greatest among us occasionally make mistakes, and this small tool can help in such situations. You can use this little tool to remove accidents and extra stitches.

In addition to its repair application, you may also use it to turn out tiny corners and open buttonholes. Make sure to spend your money on a comfortable and sturdy handle.

Sewing Clips

Handling these little instruments is considerably safer and more accessible than pins. They are beneficial for maintaining the integrity of stacked portions. Additionally, because they have flat sides and backs, you can use them to hold fabric at an angle to prevent puckering or wrinkling at the hem or edge.

The main benefit of purchasing these is that you may use them on textiles like laminate, leather, vinyl, silk, and satin, where pins are inappropriate. That is a win-win scenario!

Fabric Markers

To designate notch and line locations on fabric there are a variety of marker types. Chalk, water soluble markers and air erasable markers can all be used. Choosing a marker is a choice that depends on the color of fabric, fabric type and design for the quilting pattern.

The most important part of choosing a marker is to always test it on any fabric you are using to be sure that you will be able to remove it from the fabric.