10  Essential Sewing Tools for Beginners

Tape Measure Must Have

A tape measure is a flexible cloth with both inches and centimeters marked on each side. It is coated so that it doesn't stretch out immediately when used. You like to use the same tape measure for all your measurements.

This handy, inexpensive, and easy-to-use is a must sewing for beginners essential. If you made an error in stitching, unpick them and voila! Start again and forget.

Seam rippers

You need a ruler because the tape measure won't give you a straight edge. My ruler is a one yard stick. To measure multiple lengths of fabric against and to make sure mainline is accurate.


You'll need a pair of scissors to cut your thread. You can get a clean cut with the help of the long long tips. When sewing is difficult to reach ends, specialist scissors are needed.

Fabric scissors

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Sewing Machine & Needles

You need a sewing machine and sewing needles. The sewing machine you choose should do what you need it to. I'm writing an indepth buying guide for my readers on buying a used sewing machine, a guide on buying a new sewing machine, and a guide on different types of sewing machines.

A rotary cutter is a great tool for cutting fabric. It allows you to cut out multiple layers of fabric at once. You need a range of different sized cutters to complete your projects.

Rotary cutter


You will need an iron for pressing your stitches when sewing. Get an iron to make your sewing projects look better. Consider small and lightweight iron so handling can be easy when ever you want to travel.

An iron board is an essential sewing tool, but my preference is to use a wool pressing mat.

Pressing Mat

Needle threader

This is your new favourite thing. The days of squeezing one eye closed while trying to feed the thread through the needle are over. The little beauty does it all.