Find a compact, sturdy box to keep your sewing supplies in order. We used an old cigar box to hold needles, thread, and sewing notions. Glue a double piece of grosgrain ribbon to the lid to keep pins and loose buttons in place.
Use this tailor's trick whenever you need to cut a straight line through a woven fabric such as cotton or linen. Tease several threads loose at the point where you'll make the initial cut. Then gently pull out the threads to create a trail of perfectly aligned holes in the fabric, which can then guide your shears.
Before investing in a sewing machine, consider buying one that suits your skill level. A basic sewing machine may suffice for a beginner, but intermediate and advanced-level seamstresses may opt for more complex machines that can perform more tasks.