Supplies and Notions. Basics {Learn More, Sew More}

Basics component of the Learn More, Sew More challenge from Crafty Planner

For the next four weeks, I will be exploring the supplies and notions I use when sewing and quilting.

Here is the schedule:

Week 1 (December 1-7) Supplies and Notions
Week 2 (December 8-14) Fabric and Thread
Week 3 (December 15-21) Sewing Machines
Week 4 (December 22-28) Holiday Break

So let’s get started!

Whether you are starting out on your sewing journey or a veteran, having a well stocked sewing area makes your creating time easier and less frustrating.

Supplies can be broken down by their function. You have supplies and notions for cutting, measuring, marking, sewing, pressing and project specific.

My cutting supplies consist of:
– two pairs of shears (one for all types of cutting and one for just fabric)
– one pair of pinking shears (I use these for garment sewing, to prevent fraying of edges and around curves)
– two pairs of embroidery scissors
– two rotary cutters (one in 45mm and another 18mm)
– two seam rippers (because I inevitably can only find one at a time)
– three cutting boards (one portable for sew ins, one rotating one and an 18″ x 36″)

My measuring supplies include:
– dressmaker’s double sided tape
– acrylic rulers (I wish I could say I had one or two but I have…a lot)
– a seam gauge

My marking tools include:
– fabric markers
– hera marker
– tracing wheel.

My sewing supplies include:
– sewing machine
– needles (sewing machine and hand sewing)
– thread (which I will explore more in week 2)
– pins
– pincushion
– a variety of adhesives.

My pressing supplies include:
– starch (I use both Best Press and Soak)
– an iron
– ironing board
– pressing board
– turning tools (including manicure sticks)

I also have project specific supplies such as zippers, Velcro, magnetic snaps, purse feet, ric rack and bag findings.

Here are other excellent articles about stocking your sewing notions.

Simply Modern Mom

Sew Sweetness

Diary of a Quilter 

For this week’s challenge, I want you to post a picture on Instagram of your favorite notion, tell us why you love it and add the hashtag #lmsmbasics.  (the initials for Learn More, Sew More and then basics).  For this challenge, Connecting Threads has donated a $50 gift certificate!!  You can buy A LOT of supplies and notions with $50.  Thank you, CT!!! The winner will be chosen randomly from the Instagram submissions and announced on the blog Monday, December 9th (edited to be Tuesday, December 10th)

Connecting Threads gift card

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