Pinking Shears; courtesy of Flickr

Before you get started, there are some necessary materials you will need. I have also taken the liberty of explaining a little more about these materials. Don't worry, they can all be found at any fabric store and at many department stores for a reasonable price.

  1. Fabric: there are a lot of fabrics out there to experiment with, but don't waste your money by trying to practice on a more expensive type. Until you're ready to actually create something, I would suggest for you to practice with muslin. It's a type of cotton fabric and very easy to iron and stitch into.
  2. Fabric Scissors: these scissors will be one of the most used tools while you are sewing. Fabric scissors are different from regular scissors, so don't go get your scissors from the school supply aisle. They can be found in the fabric section in a variety of sizes. For sewing these seams, you should purchase a medium-sized pair.
  3. Pinking Shears: these scissors are often used to make construction paper borders for pictures in craft projects because of the waves they create. In sewing, they help keep the cut edges of the fabric from fraying.
  4. Thread: it's important not to be too cheap with your threading choice. A seam can only hold as long as its thread does. I suggest you get a variety of colors because when you start working with different color fabrics, you want threads that will blend in with the fabric as much as possible.
  5. Ruler: in the world of sewing, we use different rulers. Sewing rulers measure by 1/8 of an inch. They often look like grids. Each square is 1/8 of an inch. It takes some time to get used to, but it's a lot better for measuring fabric.
  6. Straight Pins: These pins will help you keep the fabric in place while you put the fabric through your machine.
  7. Iron: your seams need to be as open as possible. An iron very hot iron is used to open up seams.
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