As anyone who regularly sews will tell you, there are some essential tools and supplies that you just can’t live without. In this blog, we’ll take a look at what we consider to be the essential items that you’ll need to complete any haberdashery project.
Sewing needles and pins
No haberdashery toolbox would be complete without a range of sewing needles and an assortment of pins. Whether you use a sewing machine or intend sewing by hand you’ll want a selection of different needles and pins to allow you to work on a variety of different types of fabric.
Having the right thread for your project is much more than just choosing the right colour. Delicate fabrics such as silk or satin will require special thread that doesn’t fray while for thicker materials you’ll need a stronger type. Stock up on different colours and styles to make sure you have a comprehensive choice available.
Interfacing offers a way to add stiffness to a fabric and is commonly used in millinery, dressmaking, costume making and furnishing. It can be used to add strength to areas such buttonholes or help add rigidity to details such as a shirt collar. Having both fusible and non-fusible interfacings means you’ll be able to work with the majority of fabrics.
Your standard kitchen scissors won’t cut it (pun intended) when it comes to cutting lengths of fabric for your next project. Do yourself a favour and buy a decent pair of fabric scissors and make sure you don’t use them for anything else. You may also want to get some pinking shears, thread snippers and a good quality scissor sharpener.
Tape measure and gauge
A lightweight and easy to read tape measure is a necessity when it comes to all sorts of sewing projects. As well as a tape measure another handy accessory is a sewing gauge, or measuring gauge as it is also known, which includes common sewing measurements in a single and easy to use gauge.
One of the easiest ways to get the colour you want is by using a dye on your fabric. These are available in a huge selection of colours but make sure you choose the right one for your chosen fabric or trimmings.
Hooks & fastenings
From snap fasteners and hooks & eyes to wonder clips and hooks and bars, fastenings are a necessity for all types of sewing projects.
Marking your cut lines or jot down measurements, a good selection of fabric markers is a must for all types of haberdashery projects. Choices include chalk wheels, dressmaker pencils, water erasable markers and water soluble pencil.
So there we have it. Our list of the essential items that anyone who is serious about sewing needs in their haberdashery kit. If you’re own kit is missing something from this list, don’t worry we’ve has you covered. Head over to our haberdashery section to get what you need!