If you’ve just begun sewing, this post is for you! I will describe some of the basic sewing tools that everyone needs and that I personally use for almost all my projects. Keep in mind that this list doesn’t cover everything that one needs to sew, just a few favorites of my own. There will also be a part 2 coming later that will cover more specialized tools.
Except for the lucky ones who live in a big city with a fashion district, we’ve all been in this situation where we just cannot find the right fabric for our next project locally. I’ve had to resort to shopping online for fabric more times than I care to count and the experience hasn’t always been free of frustration. Very often I need to see a swatch before committing to buy full yards of fabric and I like not to be robbed blind because of outrageous shipping fees. $39 to ship 2 yards of spandex to Canada? No thanks, Spandex World. So here is my list of good and bad online fabric stores with any useful info I could provide.