The First Stitch: A Sewing Kit Checklist

You’ve heard of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, right? Both gorgeous and talented actors, appeared in a bunch of acclaimed films and won many awards, and ambassadors for public awareness on several current issues.

But here’s something we bet you didn’t know, both know how to sew! George Clooney learned how to tailor in his early days as an actor trying to make ends meet, even learning how to make a tie out of extra hems from his pants.

Another fascinating story is during the 2010 Oscars Red Carpet, Clooney’s then ex-girlfriend Elisabetta Canalis had a wardrobe malfunction when her dress’ zipper broke open. With just one look, Clooney took a needle and thread from their stylist and cross-stitched the zipper back.

Julia Roberts on the other took up sewing as a hobby to keep her mind from going to mush. She’s done cushions for her children, and made simple pair of pants for her husband Daniel Moder. She also does knitting in her spare time whenever she wants to relax.

Getting Yourself Started
It’s never too late to take up sewing as a hobby, maybe even some classes. Imagine how handy it would be to have it in your box of skills? Clooney and Roberts have put their hands to work, and now so can you!

But before getting all excited about fixing a stitch, you’ll need to gather some necessary materials. Yes, there’s more to sewing than a needle and thread.

  • Needles – We mean it, more than one! You’ll need a wide array of needle sizes, depending on the material and clothing you’ll be dealing with
  • Pin cushion – Don’t leave all those needles lying around. It’s best to have a pin cushion nearby so that you can easily pick what you need on the go.
  • Threads – As with needles, you’ll also need a range of colored threads. The most important of these is black and white (although cream would do better) – check your clothes and see what colors you’ll be working with
  • Threader – Have mercy on your eyes. Use a threader so that getting the thread through the needle eye will be less of a hassle
  • Thimble – This little thing you put on you fingers will spare you the sight of you accidentally pricking yourself and having a bloody mess. It will also come in handy for heavier frabics
  • Safety pins – So that you don’t lose track of which hems to fix later, keep a couple of safety pins nearby
  • Scissors – Best to have at least two scissors with you, one to cut the thread and the other for the clothing/material you have at hand
  • Hem tape – There will be times where a stitch isn’t needed to finish off a hem, so just use this handy tape
  • Measuring tape – Just in case you need to take note of certain lengths and sizes
  • Buttons – Buttons come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the clothing you’re working with. Be sure you have the right one with you
  • Patches – Are they still in style? In any case, having patches around may be useful

Once you have the materials above, you can get started on learning how to sew! You can check out nearby places if they have sewing classes, ask a friend to teach you, or just open YouTube and learn for yourself!

Once you’ve gotten the hand of sewing, you could even try learning to use a sewing machine for quicker stitches. Some machines you could check out the different machines from Singer, which range from the old-fashioned pedal machines to handy portable ones.

Or if you want a machine that is safe to use and just as quick, you may opt to check out Brother’s Innov-ís A150. Most sewing machines are transitioning into computerized models, upping the safety precautions yet still easy-to-use, and Brother offers a lot of options starting with their A150.

Before you know it, you’ll be among the ranks of George Clooney and Julia Roberts, able to make a quick stitch at any convenient moment.

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