Whether you are a professional or an amateur at the art of stitching, having a handy travel sewing kit is essential to cater to your daily needs. This is usually a package containing items such as needles, threads, and other useful things that you might need for sewing something.
However, along with how serious you are about sewing, the intricateness of said mini sewing kits increases as well. A sewing kit can either be the key to your success or the reason for your downfall. This, of course, depends upon the facilities it offers.
With the perfect fit of a sewing kit for you, there is no thinking about everything you might be able to accomplish even while sewing by hand.
Therefore, here are a few essentials that you MUST HAVE in your sewing kits.
Hand Sewing Needles
The first and foremost item is essential to sewing. It goes unsaid that without it, the process in itself will fail to even begin.
These hand sewing needles might be available in several different sizes in the markets. Before choosing them, do your thorough research about which one you might have to use the most, depending upon the type of fabrics you encounter.
Usually, most people go for the “sharps”. These are medium-sized needles that are suitable for almost any fabric. Otherwise, you’ve always got the option to choose heavier needles for fibers that are difficult to sew through, and finer needles on comparatively delicate fabrics.
Sewing Needle Threader
Most people fail to recognize the importance of this very item. Only rarely is this seen in people’s sewing kits despite holding immense importance in the eyes of top tailors and textile craftsmen?
A needle threader can help you to save your precious time whilst beginning to stitch; being simply fatigued or suffer from poor eyesight? Worry no more, as your needle threader has you covered.
Tip: Make sure your needle has a large enough eye as to not force both the thread and the threader through it. If excessive force is applied to the wire, it might cause it to break.
Sewing Tape Measure
This is a must-have for a person who is trying to stitch, despite their experience level.
A handy measurement tape is often marked with centimeters on one side and inches on the other. Due to its portability, it can easily fit into your sewing kit and be used at your convenience.
Being sturdy yet flexible in nature, not only can it be used to take body measurements but is also able to measure any curved surface as well.
Even the most accomplished of people in the art of stitching make mistakes sometimes. An unwanted stitch might give you a hard time unless you have got an efficient seam ripper at hand.
Make sure to look for a seam ripper that has both a fine and a round tip. The rounded tip helps to easily remove stitches across a complete seam without any tears in the fabric. On the other hand, the fine tip is for those irritating single threads that pop out of nowhere.
Moving on, we have perhaps one of the handiest items of this list:
Also sometimes known as the “bent handle shears”, these scissors aid and assist by making your experiences in cutting easier.
Such scissors might sometimes seem really expensive. However, in their case, usually, it’s worth it to spend a little money at the start as an investment in your skills and get a high-quality pair of scissors.
Whilst looking for a good pair of such shears, always look for 3 ideal markers. The most important thing, obviously, is the sharpness of the blade of the scissors. The sharper the blade, the smoother the cut.
The second thing to look out for is a good fit of the “bent handle” for the shape of your hands. This ensures your comfort and efficiency in long periods of cutting.
Lastly, the pair must have a good weight to them. A very light pair generally means a short life, while a heavier pair means a sharper blade with efficient cutting.
Pins and Pincushion
Straight pins are essential in any stitching process to get the job done completely. They are used to hold everything in place by putting them into the fabric during the cutting and adjustment process. This helps to ensure that the garment would fit correctly.
Pins may come in different styles and varieties, but standard ones with a large and visible head usually do the trick in most cases
Moving onto pincushions, their importance speaks for themselves. Who would want pins sticking into their feet when not managed? Thus, a good pincushion not only gives you a place to store the pins but also helps keep them sharp with the help of the fine sand/emery in the strawberry of the pincushions.
The tailor’s chalk is a cheaper and more trusted replacement for the fabric marking pens that are nowadays prevalent in the market. Their use is simple: marking the materials in hand.
Usually, it is preferred that you buy the chalk in two colors: a darker one for lighter fabrics, and a brighter one for dark fabrics.
Not only is the tailor’s chalk easy to apply and remove, but it also shows up quite clearly thus making it a trusted choice by tailors for ages.
The colors of the chalk can even attract kids to the art of stitching. Who knows, the next time you’d be looking for items to add to your kid’s sewing kit!
Lastly, the most important item to begin the process:
After you have got yourself a suitable needle, a spool of thread is all you need to get to work. Initially, for practice, you can get simple colors, like black and white, to begin with. From there on, you can get as many colors as you want to depend upon your need.
Always make sure that you are using the recommended type of thread for yourself: don’t end up using hand sewing thread for machine sewing!
And that’s about it! Once you have all these simple items in your leather sewing kit, you’re basically ready to go. So go on out, good luck with your sewing!