All the people who know me know how much I love sewing. It’s not rare that I get so carried away and start talking about sewing like it’s “Modern Family” I am talking about. That’s how much I love it.
To tell you the truth it all started as a hobby, passion and love from childhood! As all of you who follow my work already know, my grandma was a seamstress. Therefore no one’s surprised by my relation to sewing. I’ve got my first sewing machine when I was a girl and that sewing machine is still a part of my collection. Even though so many years passed, I still love it and use it!
SEWING KIT=PRACTICALITY + EFFICIENCY
Considering I sew almost every day it’s not surprising I use tons of sewing material. Therefore I found myself an adequate person to tell you how to choose your sewing kits and what to pay attention to.
First of all, you should know that you can buy sewing kits separately. But if you, like me, use too much of it might be a better solution to buy packages that include different sewing things (needles, threads and similar).
Since most of the time I do exactly this, I’ll give you some useful instructions. For beginners this text can mean a lot because they’ll have the chance to discover what are parts of the sewing kits, what are they used for and which are the best and already checked and verified.
It’s hard to separate more or less important parts of the sewing kit so I’ll just go randomly. Right now, I am working on an embroidery project so I’ll simply start with threads.
I own all sort of threads. They are of course in different colors, but I also have a copy for each color. That’s my tip – have at least two threads of the same color if you can’t afford more or have no place to store them. Please, be aware that rare are sewing kits sets that have two threads of the same color in the same set. So, you can either buy two sets at the time or add it later as you develop your sewing business. All takes time, so don’t worry!
On my last birthday, I got one of these sets (Yup, what else could I get anyway?). It was a set made by ARTIKA. To be honest, I’ve never sewn with their threads before but let me tell you I was pleasantly surprised. My best friend told me she was asking around for a while to find out which sewing kits to buy and many people praised exactly this manufacturer. Now I know I have to be open for new experiences!
What I’ve found more than great is the composition. In this DIY kit, I got everything I need. I’m a huge fan of colors and the color range here is awesome. It even has different shades of the same color which is perfect for embroidery and quilting projects. This ARTIKA kit is great for traveling (I carry it with me).
What’s even better is that needles here are very quality. It happened to me more than once to buy the sewing kits and get pretty lousy needles. This was a present so I couldn’t grumble before buying. But, these Golden Eye needles are perfect.
Scissors are made of stainless steel so my guess is they are going to last a long time. Additionally, I got wonder clips and extra-long sewing pins. This was my first experience with ARTIKA sewing kits but I have to admit they’ve got themselves a regular customer! One thing I did mind is that if you pull pins harder the bobs will pop off and you have to be careful. But the price for this sewing kit is more than great so we have to accept some imperfections!
As I am a sewing maniac, and I have to have everything I need not double but triple. I didn’t waste time and ordered another sewing kit by ARTICA a few days later, but slightly different. You know how you never trust one example and always have to double check. I said, yup, I was lucky, there’s no way another kit is going to be that great. Oh boy, I was wrong!
The first kit had 30 spool threads but XL ones. This one has more (38 precisely) only smaller. But never mind, more colors for me! There is a thing I would find fault with, threads are easily broken. I don’t recommend this kit for machine sewing but you can still use it for hand sewing.
So, this other sewing kit is bigger. It also has 40 sewing pins. I was thrilled with the look of the package. If you want to be safe from missing buttons or ripped seams but you’re not at home you can take this sewing kit with you. You can place it even in your purse. It doesn’t take too much space. It even has spare buttons and stainless steel scissors. Now you can go!
And let me tell you about that time I bought sewing kits by HingKoh. To tell you the truth Oxford bag was the first thing that attracted me to this kit. An emergency sewing kit is something every girl and women should carry with her. Remember J.Lo in “Wedding planner”? Now you know what I’m talking about!
Needles are settled in a box. And pins, oh, pins got me thrilled. They all have a top shaped like a heart, all in different colors. Some sewing kits don’t have zippers in them. I need this one not only for the bag which is great but also for zippers. Threads are thick so perfect for any type of sewing. I first used it on my new T-shirt. A seam ripped off when I was on the beach. Luckily, I always carry sewing kits with me. I had exactly HingKoh sewing kit than so I used it and solved the problem. It was me today, but tomorrow it could be you. So why taking chances and risk when you can protect yourselves from this shame with the appropriate sewing kits? With this kit, I was more than satisfied. I would only wish there was more than one threader in the package.
Ok, I agree, hand sewing is great, but only when you have the appropriate sewing kits. I always talk about my own experience so I can’t tell you about stuff I didn’t use. INNOCHEER I did. And I’m satisfied. I would maybe change the scissors since they are smaller but let me tell you that the price is more than decent so you can’t expect everything to be perfect.
But threads are great in all sorts of colors (24 colors). This sewing kit has everything you need in the case of emergency: needles, spare buttons, a pencil, a tape measure, and cute little pins.
But girls, if you want to fix your nails or eyebrows you’ll find nail clipper and tweezers. So, one sewing kit in your purse, one in a suitcase and you are ready to go around the world!
Something a little bit bigger I only carry if I’m planning on staying somewhere for a longer time, let’s say a week or two is a Singer sewing kit. This bag calls for Hawaii! It’s all pretty and cheerful. It, kind of, looks like a makeup bag. It’s really practical and a real sewing devil. If you can’t go wrong with Singer machines why would sewing kits be any different?
This bag is large. All things are easily visible and findable. If you have any troubles placing it in a bag or suitcase you can take it in your hand because it has a handle. But I have to admit this bag is much smaller than I expected. Everything here goes around 10 and 10 is a good number. There are 10 hand needles which are super quality I have to admit, 10 smaller thread spools, needle threader. Thimble and tape measure are somehow obligatory but again not all sets have them so I think it’s a great advantage!
There’s one thing I would add – more threads and colors but if you are a sewing beginner this is absolutely perfect sewing kit for you.
I can’t help myself. I wanted to leave now but simply have to tell you about the sewing kit I bought for my daughter who is a big fan of sewing but a total beginner!
She is a girl, but I call her “my little monster” because she is restless and thinks like a hundred frauds a day. And she’s the youngest so you can imagine.
When I saw this Monster Sewing Kit by Craftster’s Sewing Kits I was thrilled. Bingo for me! Now, I could start teaching her hand sewing and introduce you to the world of sewing in a perfect way.
This sewing kit is made for kids 7-13 years old. Don’t get this to older kids. I don’t think they’ll find it amusing.
It has everything a kid needs: 6 different colors of embroidery floss, poly stuffing, 5 metal needles, scissors, two needle threaders and a lot of pins.
What I found the best of all are pre-cut monster felt shapes and pre-punched holes. My kid loves little monsters. If yours does too then you’ve found the prefect birthday or Christmas present. So far, my little girl made 3 out of 5 monster project and an iPhone case. She is thrilled.
I have to tell you that sewing is learning through fun. Not only a kid will enjoy but it will also learn a lifetime skill!
A few facts you need to know about sewing kits.
- Thread has to be quality. It’s essential in your projects and makes the core of a nice and strong final product. If you get a low-quality thread, you can expect it to fray and break easily. If you notice this happens often you’ve got the wrong thread people!
There are threads of different weight and they are used for different sewing projects. They can be made mostly of cotton and polyester, or the combination. It’s not a surprise a thread is synthetic, made of nylon or rayon and some other synthetic material.
There’s a special type of thread I adore. It’s made of Japanese silk and it’s called a silk thread. You’ll never see quilting projects so shiny and perfect without these!
- Needles have a different shape and different size so therefore different use. We have ballpoint needles and regular point needles. Ballpoint needles don’t separate the fabric, go around and between them. They are suitable for knit fabrics. Regular point needles are perfect for woven fabrics (from lightweight to heavyweight). They go through the fabric. These needles differ in size depending on the weight of the material you are using. These types of needles are used in hand and machine sewing.
When you are buying needles first make a plan of the project to know which type to buy. My advice is to have both types so you don’t have to run to the shop every time you work on another project!
- Type of fabric will definitely depend on your sewing project. I can’t interfere with that decision. What I can tell you, especially if you are a sewing beginner is that you should start working on some easier fabrics. What does this mean? Don’t start with sewing by working on a silk shirt! That’s a terrible idea. Silk is hard to work on and you’ll need some experience. Take cotton, for example, and try making a T-shirt.
When you choose the fabric, it doesn’t have to be the most expensive one. But, you need to be careful about the quality because that will determine the quality of your project.
- Scissors have to be sharp. That’s their most important feature. Small, big or medium, that depends on a project, but sharp always! My friendly tip is to buy scissors made of stainless steel.
- Other stuff, like tailor’s chalk, tape measure or pins are also necessary if you are to start a sewing business. Pins need to be sharp and their measures depend on fabric weight.
Tailor’s chalk is important for the beginning. After you measure the fabric, you’ll need to mark where to cut. For this purpose, I advise getting chalk in different colors. The color of the tailor’s chalk should be in contrast with the fabric color!
Tape measure also has different shapes and content. You can find tape measures made of plastic that you roll yourself, lovely self-retracting ones and the perfect tape measures that are self-sticking. The type and the quality determine the price but this isn’t something you’ll buy every day, so invest in it.
All these parts of sewing kits are equally important. One can’t go without another. Now when you know what to pay attention to when you are investing money into the sewing. If you aren’t sure, you can always follow my experiences and make no mistakes. Either way, the priority is to sew (by hand or with a machine, it really doesn’t matter) with love and joy!