When it comes to choosing a quality sewing kit for beginners, there are a few different options to consider. Which kit will work best for you depends on your budget, your level of experience, your sewing skills and your desire to learn new techniques. If you’re starting out on a tight budget, buying a used or inexpensive kit might be the way to go. If you already have a nice set up then a replacement might not be necessary. But for the intermediate sewer or professional embroider, a quality kit will provide you with all the supplies you’ll need to get started on a quality project.
First let’s consider the basics. A good quality kit will include an outgrowth that holds the needles and threads in place while you sew. There will usually be several options for size, including a small, medium and large. Some kits also include a clear plastic cutting board to mark down your stitches. Sometimes a kit will include a thimble with its own special holder, and an assortment of pins, needles and/or holders to help you choose the best needles, thread and/or holders for the project you want to make.
A good quality kit will contain everything you’ll need to make a garment. Some kits will only have needles and thread; others will also include optional accessories like a protective backing and/or zipper. The more kits you buy, the bigger the chances are that you’ll buy some extras that you can’t do without. A quality sewing kit will also include an evergreen art supply; this evergreen art supply could be anything from beads and threads to dried flower pieces and embellishments. An embroidery kit doesn’t necessarily need to include the evergreen art supply mentioned above, but for example, I would never buy a kit without a zipper or needle organizer.
Another important quality of a great kit is that it will always include instructions and tips for your specific project. If there is a specific way to do something, like how to hem a skirt, then the kit should include specific instructions. On top of that, I love kits that include assorted scraps of fabric, which is great because you can use these scraps to create your own custom dress! One important feature that all good kits should have is an ample amount of needles and thread. If you only get five or six needles in a kit, it’s likely that you’ll miss a stitch or two and have to start over.
Finally, the best quality kits will include the best quality pins, needles, and/or holders. The pins in a kit should be strong and sturdy. A quality pin will be able to hold on to two or three different fabrics. If a kit only comes with one pin, it’s likely that you’ll have to replace it mid-sewing project. The best quality sewing kits will also come with fabric clips or holders, which will keep your fabric from shifting or sliding around while you are sewing.
A quality kit will also come with a variety of different needles, including a small tapestry needle, a baby needle, and a standard tapestry needle. Some kits also include eyelets, clamps, a pocket clip, and a thimble. Clamps are extremely helpful for putting together necklaces and bracelets. You can also find clamps that attach to a purse strap, so that you can sew lightweight items without having to hold the fabric in place.