Sewing Kit Essentials
When we least expect it, crisis strikes. Here a rip. There a tear. Over yonder a button falls off or a zipper jams. What we need is an essential sewing kit.
Your crisis sewing supplies need to be kept in an easily portable and accessible container. There are many options from beautiful sewing baskets available at sewing shops to old shoe boxes or fishing tackle boxes. While it is not essential, it is very convenient for the container to have small compartments, drawers, or partitions. This makes organizing your emergency sewing kit convenient. Your kit may be used in conjunction with your general sewing, but it is important to keep all your supplies together.
Since this is your essential sewing kit, you will want to make a list of essential sewing supplies to keep in your kit.
First, you will want good quality sharp scissors. Indeed, you may want to keep a couple of different scissors including the standard eight inch bent handle sewing shears and a pair of delicate trimming scissors. It is essential to keep these scissors sharp and never use them on anything other than thread or fabric. If you think you might need a pair of scissors to cut paper from time to time, add a pair of paper cutting scissors to your set.
You will need a good seam ripper. There are many different sizes and designs of seam rippers, but the important thing is to keep it sharp. The seam ripper should be made with a longer knife like finger and curved cutting surface and a beaded tip. The seam ripper is essential for opening seams and preparing the materials for sewing.
The final cutter for your kit is a pair of pinking shears. These are used to prevent fabric edges from fraying. These shears cut in a zig zag fashion.
Keep several different kinds of needles in your kit. It is a good idea to have a set of smaller, medium, and larger needles with sharp or universal as well as sets of stretch or ball point needles. Always match the right needle with fabric and threads you are using. The right needle makes any task easier and with better results. You will also need a few hand sewing needles of different sizes and shapes for emergencies and hand sewing tasks.
Glass head sewing pins are used to hold fabrics together while you lay them our or sew. Keep a set of inch and a half pins handy, although you may want a couple of different sized sets as well.
To hold your pins and needles while you are working, you need a pin cushion. There are to basic types: traditional soft pincushion and metallic pin holders. While you poke the pins and needles into the traditional pin cushion, the are held on the surface by the magnetic holder. One advantage of the magnetic holder is that it can also be used to pick up scattered pins and needles.
You will need two spools of emergency thread in your kit at all times. The thread should be fifty weight long fiber polyester thread in black and white. General sewing should use other threads including the appropriate types, sizes, and colors.
A cloth sewing tape measure is a necessity.
A seam gauge is a basic sewing tool used to set hems and measure seam allowances. It is a six inch ruler made of metal and has a plastic pointer slide and is sometimes called a stitch gauge.
A fabric marker or marker pen is important for marking measurements. These come in water soluble, air soluble, and erasable models. Calk markers are also helpful.
At a moments notice, your essential sewing kit is ready to solve sewing urgencies. Many other sewing tools and notions are helpful and useful to add to your kit as you have space. Keep in mind how important it is to maintain your crisis sewing kit ready at a any moment.