My sewing machine features 100 different stitches, adjustable sewing speeds, and is quiet enough that Carina can nap nearby while I sew. I have not had a chance to use all of the great features and stitches yet, but I’m excited for when I do!
I have found that it is extremely important to have a couple of pairs of good scissors, like the Fiskars Softgrip Pinking Shears and the Razor-Edged version, along with a Seam Ripper. I also have used my 96-inch, flexible vinyl tape measure and my large Clear Acrylic Quilting Ruler on almost every project that I have attempted so far. Along with the rulers, using one of the Water-Soluble “Mark B Gone” Pens on the fabric before cutting has helped me avoid mistakes.
I like using Quilting Pins because they are longer and easier for me weave through layers of fabric. I also bought a huge package of different sized Safety Pins at the dollar store. There are many pretty pin cushions, but I am going to wait to buy one because I may make my own. It’s a good idea to have extra Bobbins on hand so you can quickly change your thread. I am using a Wood Sketch Box to organize all of my thread, bobbins, pins, and other supplies.
I buy a lot of my sewing supplies online, but as a beginner, I like going to the stores to see what I’m buying, to feel the fabrics and compare them, etc. I visit Hancock Fabrics and Hobby Lobby the most:
323 South Mason Road
Katy, TX 77450-1746
6811 South Fry Road
Katy, TX 77494
1787 Fry Road
Katy, TX 77449