I remember knowing what was needed for sewing only because I had to take Home Economics which was half cooking and half sewing. But, if I hadn't had the benefit of the weekly class, I would have been lost as to what tools, equipment and notions, I should keep on hand. That got me thinking that dressmaking kits for beginners would be an ideal gift for either a child or adult. I had, and still own, two sewing boxes that my parents gave me as Christmas gifts when I was a young teen. One was the now vintage wooden sewing box on legs and the other was the pin cushion type basket. Over the years, I have filled them both with lots of sewing necessities.
There was a real benefit to learning as a teen because I could put different gadgets and gizmos on my birthday and Christmas wish lists. For example, one year, I got a hand operated button hole machine, and another year, I received the pinking shears needed to cut seams to prevent them from fraying. But, even before I started HomeEc in grade eight, I was given a mini Singer machine which I still have in the original box. Today, though, if you don't have someone in your family that sews, I am sure you are curious as to what you need to stock.
Now, I'll show you some supplies that are important and I suggest you stock your basket or box with.
The scissors are a big deal, too, and if I can give you one pointer about owning and using scissors, it is this. Do not use your sewing scissors for anything else. Keep the pair safe in your box, so they don't get nicked and stained from using in the kitchen or around the house. You don't want your fabrics and patterns all messed up!
One feature I really like is the company listened to its customers and their feedback. The commercial logo has been removed from the top of the box. It is plain and if you really wanted to give a luxurious gift to someone, you could add a brass plate and have it engraved. Or engrave right in the wood.
1. the straight pins with colored heads, so they are easy to pick up,
2. the pins and needles are kept in a convenient plastic storage case, do you don't lose and don't get pricked,
3. safety pins which are a real life saver,
4. and a needle threader complete with magnifying glass for those hard to see moments.
Finally, the company offers a full money back guarantee if something breaks or you are not completely satisfied.