Essential Sewing Tools & Supplies

Hey, you!

Do you know what the essential sewing tools and supplies you will need?


Well, I do.

And if you stick around, you will too.

Sewing is a craft–and every craft has its tools. The essentials that allow you, the dreamer, to make your dreams a reality.

There is no doubt in my mind that a professional end result, as well as the enjoyment of the process, is directly related to having the proper tools and supplies.

Now, in the beginning, it is hard to know exactly what sewing tools you actually need.

And it is easy to be utterly confused as you stand transfixed in front of that massive wall of notions at your local fabric store.

notions wall at local sewing/craft store

I can’t tell you how often I’ve stood in front of just such a wall or walked an aisle lined on both sides, picked up this whatnot or that. Glared at it as if begging it to reveal its value to me. Then, reading the back cover before returning the item to its spot still unsure if I really needed it.

But today is your lucky day.

Because I am here to make sure that confusion doesn’t happen to you. You can learn from my hard-won experience. You can avoid the overwhelm.

And you can save your dollars so that you can later spend them on, what else, but luscious, dreamy fabrics. Can I get hallelujah?!

So without further ado…

Here is my essential list of sewing tools and supplies that you absolutely must have to begin the journey of bringing your dreams of insanely pretty dresses to life so that you can get busy flaunting them.

Are you ready?!

Then, let’s keep this stupid simple and begin…

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Essential Beginner’s Sewing Tools + Supplies

A Large Jar of Patience

blue jar labeled patience

This isn’t a tool that you can buy, of course. But you will need it! I will make this journey as easy as I can for you. But truthfully, it is still a learning process.

And sometimes, learning can be a little frustrating. So be patient, grasshopper. Be patient.

Cutting Tools

4 essential sewing cutting tools: dressmaker's shears; paper scissors; thread snips; and seam ripper

Shears  + Paper scissors + Thread snippers or embroidery scissors + Seam ripper

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Straight Pins

pincushion with essential glass head straight pins and ballpoint pins

1⅜” White Glass-head Pins + Ballpoint Pins + Pincushion

RELATED: Click this link to learn all about straight pins and pincushions too!

Sewing Machine Needles: Universal (80/12 or a variety pack) + Ballpoint

RELATED: Click this link to learn all about sewing machine needles!

Hand Sewing Needles: Sharps + Ballpoint

essential sewing hand needles: sharps and ballpoint

All you need is sharps hand needles for wovens and ballpoint hand needles for working with knits.


two spools of gutterman's sew-all thread in eggshell and gray

You need Gutterman or Coats and Clark’s thread in the four basic colours: white, black, beige or eggshell, and gray or slate.

RELATED: Click here to learn all about sewing thread!

Measuring Tools

3 absolutely essential sewing measuring tools: 60-inch measuring tape; 2x18 design grid ruler; and seam gauge

You need a 60″ fiberglass measuring tape, a 2×18 grid ruler, and a seam gauge.

RELATED: Click this link to learn all about measuring tools!

Marking Tools

classic tailor's chalk in four colours: red, white, blue, and yellow

This is one area where you need to decide what you like to use. I really like the classic tailor’s chalk (see image above) and Clover’s Chacopel Dressmaking Chalk Pencils.

RELATED: Click this link to learn all about marking tools!

Pressing Tools

shark professional steam iron

At the very least, you need a heavy iron; a full-size ironing board; a pressing cloth; and a spray bottle.

RELATED: Click here to learn all about pressing tools!

Sewing Machine

RELATED: Click here to learn the anatomy of a sewing machine, how to use, how to clean, and how to troubleshoot! (Coming So Soon!)

The End


I know it sounds like a lot, but honestly, these are the essential tools and supplies you need to begin learning how to sew insanely pretty dresses!

And once you’ve made your first dress and are flaunting it, I think you’ll agree…

They are so worth it!

And remember…

Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!

RELATED: Click here to find out where you can buy the essentials you need to get started sewing and flaunting it!

RELATED: Now, that you’ve gathered all your essential tools, click this link to learn all about your sewing machine! (Coming So Soon!)

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