As a beginner, you’re not expected to purchase every single sewing tool available. There will be items you won’t need immediately. For example, you won’t need an embroidery machine if you just want to do basic garment alterations.

So, what should you include on your initial shopping list to get your sewing hobby started? Here, we’ve included not just the obvious tools but also optional items that will come in handy as you improve your skills.

Fabric Scissors or Shears

While we can rely on whatever scissors happen to be lying around, the pair you use for fabrics shouldn’t be an afterthought. Purchase sewing scissors that can handle a range of fabric and cutting needs.

Tape Measure

A tape measure is a must-have not only for sewing beginners but for professional dressmakers as well. A soft, flexible tape measure assures accurate body and fabric measurements.


To match the thread colour to your fabric, buy a variety of coloured threads. Purchase neutral colours like black, white and cream as a back-up for emergencies. Choose high-quality threads as the cheaper ones may break easily or cause the sewing machine to malfunction.

Pins and Pincushions

Pins are used to hold multiple layers of fabric together until they are sewn. To keep them organised, keep the pins in a pincushion when they are not in use.


Projects may require different types of fabric depending on their characteristics and uses. You could opt for cotton when making clothes and beddings. Alternatively, linen would be a good choice for making curtains, towels and placemats.

Now that you have your sewing essentials, the next step is to purchase your own sewing machine at Britannia Sewing. We offer a range of high-quality sewing machines and accessories. For any enquiries, please call us on 01206 574758.