Sewing Kit Advice
Is that a pizza cutter?!
About five years ago I was given a sewing machine for my wedding shower. It sat completely unused in my closet for years. A friend of mine said she needed a sewing machine, so I happily gave her the lonely one up in my closet.
Well, about 6 months ago I decided that I wanted to give sewing a real go. I typically need hemming done on a lot of my clothing, and I was intrigued by the idea of altering my own dresses to make them more in-line with my view of modesty (specifically inserts to cover up 'the girls').
Anyway, I purchased a wonderful new sewing machine and finally found a beginner's class for someone who has never touched a sewing machine before.
I learned, though, during registration, that I needed to at least come prepared with a "BSK."
"What the heck is a BSK?" I asked.
The nice woman responded with, "Oh, that's short for Basic Sewing Kit."
Wow, I really must be a newb.
Anyway, I now have about three weeks to put together a basic sewing kit. I'll be honest. I don't even know what goes into a basic sewing kit. But I want to learn!!! I've googled various BSKs and got a whole bunch of info. However, I'm feeling a little overwhelmed by all that information.
I know some of my readers are sewing masters. Can any of you be so kind as to share some of your favorite tools of the trade? Give me your version of a BSK so I have a better idea what I need to start off with?
And please feel free to dumb your language down to cave-man levels. That picture above? I can probably only name about half the things (and only because the pin cushion is pictured twice).
Thanks in advance for your help!!!
Oh, and PS: Bobbins.
I thought those little spooly-things came pre-wound with thread. Can you get those, or did I just make that up? Do I need to purchase the thread (also spooled) separately and then re-wind it around the bobbins? Or have I completely confused the point of what a bobbin is?
When I tell you I have no clue what I'm up against, I cannot possibly exaggerate my lack of knowledge. So really... help the poor, drowning girl out.
7/19/2012 08:41:54 am
"Is that a pizza cutter?"
7/20/2012 03:47:00 am
It's a pizza cutter. I'm telling you it's a glorified pizza cutter. Ha.
7/19/2012 12:14:22 pm
7/20/2012 03:47:22 am
Ha ha - this was the same list another friend sent me. :) Thank you, Kelli! Glad to see you stick around.
7/19/2012 03:24:15 pm
Most bobbins come empty and you fill them on your sewing machine using whatever color spool you want. You machine should have come with empty ones for you to fill (mine did).
7/20/2012 03:46:09 am
Ah ha... I haven't even taken mine out of the box yet, so I have no idea what it comes with. I figured I'd wait until the class lest I break something without realizing it.
7/20/2012 04:54:33 am
My grandma sewed everything! She made all my mom and aunt's clothes when they were younger and used to make stuff for all us kids too. She decided that she wanted to make quilts and without having done, she made about a dozen of them for everyone in the family. I think I got her talent because my mom doesn't sew anything :) I never watched my grandma but I wish I had. I just decided to try it after my grandma passed away and we found a bunch fabric left over.
7/20/2012 05:04:19 am
And I forgot to mention, if you plan on sewing some clothes, I would suggest getting some pinking shears (the scissors that have the sawtooth edge on them). They keep the fabric from fraying when you wash it so it keeps the insides seams neat.
7/20/2012 03:44:34 am
Wow - those last ones are AWESOME. Now do those take the place of a seam ripper?
7/20/2012 03:43:11 am
Thank you, Maria! I realize this is going to be a stupid question, but are hand and machine needles different?
Oh, and for hand sewing:
7/20/2012 03:42:01 am
Interesting! I would never have known that (because as of now, when I haphazardly sew up holes on things, I definitely push AND pull).
Machine and hand needles are different.
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