Resources

With the resources listed here for sewing tools and supplies, you will save time and money! Get tested recommendations on the the resources you need as a sewist.

We’re creators. We’re artisans. Creators and artisans must have tools. And because we sew, we get notions too.

Here is my list of resources that I think you will enjoy and find immensely helpful and/or crucial for making insanely pretty dresses or for increasing the enjoyment of our craft.

I promise that I’ll ONLY recommend tools and supplies that I’ve used personally and companies that I’ve done happy business with.

NOTE: As an Amazon Associate I may earn a small commission from qualifying purchases you make from links on this page. This is at NO extra cost to you!

Please do NOT spend money on any tool, supply, or another resource on this list unless you need it to help you dream it, sew it, and flaunt it.

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For your convenience, the following resources have been tested by me and found worthy.


Cutting Tools

Fiskars Razoredge Fabric Shears

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Cutting Tools.

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Straight Pins

Pearlized Straight Pins - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Straight Pins.

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Sewing Machine Needles

Pile of Needles - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Machine Needles.

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Hand Sewing Needles

Hand Sewing Needles - Stitching in Colour

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Sewing Thread

Thread - 4 Basic Colours - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Thread.

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Measuring Tools

3 Essential Measuring Tools - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read The Three Essential Measuring Tools.

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Marking Tools

Tailor's Chalk - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Marking Tools.

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Pressing Tools

Clothing Iron - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read An Ultimate Guide to Pressing Tools.

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Notions ~ Miscellaneous

Various Sewing Notions - Stitching in Colour

RELATED: Read What Are Sewing Notions?

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Storage 

Over the Door Shoe Bag - Stitching in Colour

RELATED:  Read How to Organize Your Sewing Tools & Supplies.

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Sewing Machines

Brother CS60001 with Hard Cover - Stitching in Colour

RELATED:  Read Understanding Your Sewing Machine!

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Ergonomics

RELATED:Read The Ergonomics of Sewing

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Sewing Pattern Supplies

Pellon Pattern Tracing Papers

RELATED: Read Duplicating Your Sewing Patterns

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Commercial Pattern Companies

From what I can tell, once upon a time, there were a lot of pattern companies. For example, there was Advance Patterns (exclusively sold at J.C. Penny); Spadea Design Patterns; Polynesian Patterns (so interesting); and Hollywood Patterns (Created by Conde Nast and glamorous), Burda, New Look, Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, Vogue, and more I’m sure.

Big Four Pattern Companies - Stitching in Colour

Over the decades, pattern houses have come and gone. And when the dust settled, in the US, we were left with the four BIG commercial pattern companies: Butterick, McCalls, Simplicity, and Vogue. However, today, it seems like Simplicity and McCalls own everybody else.

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Fabric Resources

Stacks of Super Pretty Fabric - Stitching in Colour

Our art is sewing and our medium is fabric and textiles. Therefore, a good fabric reference resource is priceless. Here are some great resources to get your fabric fix on… Enjoy!

RELATED: Read Fabric 101 & 201.

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Sewing Books

Do as I say. And don’t do as I did. Because the truth is, overwhelm is the enemy laying out, cutting, marking, and sewing!

Essential Sewing Resource Books

Honestly, I’ve found in my studies that no one book gave the total 411 on any sewing technique.

A single book — or article or video — just can’t do that! BUT…

… with that said, I still suggest that in the beginning you control yourself, save your cash, and just choose ONE technique resource. And as a beginner, let’s keep our chosen technique resource super simple! I like the following:

And these are my two favorite fabric resources:

Finally, if you ever plan to sew fitted garments, you need a good fitting resource! For me, this book connected so many lost and confused dots on the subject of fit that I donated all other fitting books to the Goodwill! Yes, it is that good — and I do NOT tissue fit then or now. But this fitting resource is the bomb! So if you’re ready for a fitting resource, then this is the one you need:

The Palmer/Pletsch Complete Guide to Fitting - Stitching in Colour

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Sewing Magazines

Threads Magazine - Stitching in Colour

When I’m not sewing, making photos, or writing, I do love to curl up on my loveseat with my favorite sewing magazines.

Enjoy!

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Sewing Machine Manuals

If your sewing machine manual has taken a walk or has been dog-eared to death, Sewing Parts Online Instruction Manuals is a great place to start. There are names here I’ve never even heard of.

Sewing Machine Manual - Stitching in Colour

However, many sewing machine manuals are available online FREE. Just Google the brand and model of your sewing machine followed by PDF.

For example: Janome 415 PDF (with or without quotes)

Sewing Machine Manual Search - Stitching in Colour

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The End

Finally, because nobody likes stale bread, I’ll be updating this page as I discover new tools, notions, books, and fabric resources to swoon over.

So make it your business to bookmark this page and check back regularly to find the latest and the greatest goodies I’ve added just for you.

And remember…

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

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