10 Sewing Kit Essentials
Ready, Set, Sew!
We start with a less-obvious tool: beeswax. Use the disk pictured above to stiffen thread, which makes it easier to push through a needle's eye, and helps prevent tangling; run a length of thread over the disk to coat it with wax.
3 Types of Thread
You will need mercerized-cotton thread, which works well on most cotton, rayon, and linen; size 50, a medium thickness, is good for general sewing. You will also need heavy-duty thread for reattaching coat buttons; and button twist thread, which is good for repairs on heavy clothing like coats.
Make sure it's transparent so that you can see from one marked measure to another.
Needles vary in type, length, eye shape, point, and width. They are categorized by name and number -- the larger the number, the shorter and finer the needle. Choose a needle fine enough to pass through your chosen fabric easily yet study enough not to bend or break. Pictured here are sharps (medium-length needles for general sewing) and betweens (similar to sharps but shorter, for fine stitching and tailoring).
This is crucial for accuracy in any sewing project -- even hems.
Have two pairs of scissors that are used solely for sewing -- the larger for trimming fabric, the smaller for snipping threads.