A few sewing basics can go a long way toward preserving your wardrobe. The following items are must-haves for any home sewing kit.
Sewing supply basics
Small, portable mending kits are available at any sewing or store. They’re ideal for carrying in a purse, briefcase or suitcase when travelling, and keep the supplies you need on-hand for a quicker, easier mending job.
Put together a home kit
Start with a small plastic container, a metal tin with a lid or a waterproof zip-up packet. Then fill it with the following:
- Various coloured threads
- Needles of varying sizes
- Dedicated sewing scissors
- Straight pins
- Marking chalk
- Patching material
- Tape measure
- Fusible webbing or double-faced mending tape
- Needle threader
- For any mending job, you should always use thread a shade darker than the material you’re repairing.
- If you have a lot of polyester clothing, choose polyester thread over cotton, and vice versa.
- For general purposes, always have a medium-weight cotton-wrapped polyester thread on hand.
Advanced sewing supplies
- Good needles for basic hand-sewing are called sharps. Get a package of assorted sizes so you can deal with light or heavy fabrics.
- Straight pins with round heads work best for most quick mending jobs. Keep them in a small pincushion for easy access.
- A pair of sharp scissors is a must for clipping thread or cutting fabric neatly.
- Marking chalk, which washes off, is used for measuring hems.
- While a flexible measuring tape works well for a travel kit, a metres rule (yardstick) works better for marking up hems and measuring accurately from the floor.
- For emergency hem fixes, fusible webbing or double-faced mending tape is a no-sew way to pick up a hem in a hurry.
Don’t let loose buttons or an unhitched hem mar the look of your clothes. If you want to keep your wardrobe in top condition, knowing how to use a needle and thread could save you money and make any quick fixes a stress-free venture.