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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.

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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.

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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

Ultimate Guide to Cutting Tools

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Cutting Tools.

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Straight Pins

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Straight Pins

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Straight Pins.

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Sewing Machine Needles

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Needles

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Machine Needles.

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Hand Sewing Needles

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Needles

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Sewing Thread

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Thread

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Thread.

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Measuring Tools

3 Essential Sewing Measuring Tools

RELATED: Read this article – The Three Essential Measuring Tools.

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Marking Tools

Ultimate Guide to Sewing Marking Tools

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Sewing Marking Tools.

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Pressing Tools

Ultimate Guide to Pressing Tools

RELATED: Read this article – An Ultimate Guide to Pressing Tools.

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Notions ~ Miscellaneous

What Are Sewing Notions

RELATED: Read this article – What Are Sewing Notions?

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Storage 

How to Organize Your Sewing Tools & Supplies

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

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Sewing Machines

Brother CS6000i Sewing Machine with Hard Cover

RELATED:  Read these articles: Understanding Your Sewing Machine!

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Ergonomics

RELATED: Read this article – The Ergonomics of Sewing.

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Sewing Pattern Supplies

RELATED: Read this article – 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.

Patterns - Big Four Pattern Companies

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

How to Buy Woven Fabric

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 these articles: Fabric 101.

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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!

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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:

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Sewing Magazines

Threads Magazine

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 - Babylock Presto II

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

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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!