Mending is such an a great frugal skill to have. Not only will you be able to save clothes that you might have otherwise thrown out, you’ll also be saving money! I’m a self-taught sewer. My mother-in-law and mom taught me how to hem my own pants, but it wasn’t long before I was ready to move on to making repairs on my family’s clothes. I’m a bit of a klutz and a bit hard on clothes and, well, I have three boys. I think that explains SO much.
Hand sewing is a very inexpensive venture, even when you’re just getting started, and it will save you a ton of money! With a little time, effort, patience, and YouTube, you can be mending and hemming your clothes in no time! But first, you’ve gotta have a sewing kit. Sure, you could just buy one of those all-in-one deals from the big box store but where’s the fun in that? Besides, you definitely won’t get the “bang for your buck” as the thread is typically cheap (i.e. frays or falls apart or isn’t smooth) and the needles are very poor quality. Instead, let’s build our own little basic sewing kit, and you’ll still be using for years to come!
11 Tools to Include in Your Basic Sewing Kit
1. Thread – Coats and Clark makes excellent thread that is inexpensive, so purchase several smaller spools in the basic colors-blue, black, brown, white, or tan. Look for an “All Purpose” cotton thread for general hemming needs. I only occasionally use a heavier weight thread when I’m working with canvas or denim.
2. Needles – Pull 3-4 needles out of a larger pack, and simply stick them in a piece of felt or flannel. Roll it up and you have basic needle storage. Put the extra needles away to swap out later.
3. Pins (to hold fabric in place) – You need pins to hold whatever it is you’re sewing or repairing together. I prefer the ones with bright colored plastic buttons on the end so that I can easily see them. I also prefer longer pins because they better secure thicker fabrics. I’ve made the mistake of buying a new pack of pins only to find them to be too short to use how I want.