Step #7 - Gather Together Basic Sewing Tools
Well, hello there! We are now on step number seven and that is to gather together some basic sewing tools.
So these might be tools that you have handy already. If you've already been sewing a while maybe you have a dozen pair of scissors that you can share with your students. Maybe you have all of the basic tools already.
But if you don't then maybe you want to pick up a few. You don't have to pick up a lot. You just want to think about how many students you have and maybe pick up a couple kits or something.
This doesn't have to be super expensive right now. We're trying to just get started so I would try to just work with what you have now. I'm going to go through them really quick just to make sure that you have everything you need for sewing classes.
Here is a list:
#1 - Scissors
That's most important. You want good cutting scissors.
And if you have younger students then usually a seven inch pair of scissors is a little bit better. They're smaller for their hands and they can use them easier.
You can get these at say Walmart for around $10 a pair.
#2 - Straight Pens
These will keep their stuff nice and straight.
Not every kid likes using straight pins. Not every adult likes them either, but they're an important basic tool to have on hand and with those straight pins you need pin cushions.
#3 - Pin Cushions
I really like the magnetic pin cushions because if anything falls on the ground you can use it to collect the pens.
#4 - Rulers
If you're doing any pattern making, like I do most of my sewing classes, I actually teach how to make simple patterns on poster board.
We use a lot of the 36 inch metal rulers and then sometimes a 12 inch metal ruler.
These don't cost a whole lot. So if you don't have them on hand you might want to pick up a couple for students to share.
#5 - Poster Board
For patterns I use poster board. I usually get it in a pack of 10 so it's about $2.50 for a big pack at Walmart.
That's only 25 cents each.
#6 - Pens or Marking Pencils
Then beyond this you want something for marking.
So if you're doing patterns, then you want some pens and you can also use pens write on the fabric. I do that in my classes.
But you can also use a marking pen, like a white pen, a chalk pen, or even I use hotel soap that glides on much easier.
All right, so hopefully you have some of these basic tools on hand and you can just get all set up for that upcoming sewing class.
That's it for step number seven. I'll see you in the next one. Bye. Bye.