I lost my super-awesome sewing-on-the-go kit. It had lots of good quality stuff – never buy those pre-packaged “sewing kits” they are crap!
- The needle threader included with those pre-packaged kits are only good for one use. Then they will break. This is an official law of the universe. Invest in a good one.
- Buy thimbles that are super comfortable for your style. Do not skip this – do not learn the hard way with an ER trip for a needle through your finger.
- Retractable tape measure.
- Embroidery snips.
- Regular scissors.
- Glass jar of safety pins.
- Bobby pins.
- Extra buttons, elastic, hook and loop fastener, etc.
- White and black thread.
- Varied hand needles.
- Ergonomic seam ripper, a really nice one. (This is my best friend.)
- Extra jewelry findings.
So I will cheer myself up with some reminders…
Arctica’s Sewing Rules of Acquisition
- Never buy trim from the craft store. Always buy in bulk.
- Never buy needles from the store – always, always buy in bulk. Change needles with every project.
- Clean machines and oil at least every week. Always buy thread in bulk, the best you can afford. Buy compressed air to help keep machines free of debris.
- Never buy fabric from retail chain stores. Buy local from fabric wholesalers or online in bulk. Buy in bulk when the price is good and build up a stash.
- In fact, stay away from retail chain craft stores, and buy in bulk.
- Sewing supplies can be bought very cheap and in very good quality from cleaners/tailors/dressmakers suppliers.