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Sewing Machine supplies | How to organise & What to buy

October 23, 2019

Hello! This is the second video in the Sewing supplies
organisation and buying guide series, the last one was dedicated to storing patterns
and this time we’ll take a look at sewing machine
supplies. I keep most of them in this wooden box with
a lovely sewing machine on the top so it’s more than suitable for keeping needles, feet,
maintenance tools and accessories. Instead of throwing everything into the same
container, I prefer to put all the must-have tools in this box which I always keep next
to the machine. Let’s take a closer look at what’s inside. I put all needles vertically
on one side of the box so I can easily find the package I need. If you’re just starting out, I know it’s tempting
to buy all sorts of needles, but it’s completely unnecessary and pretty much a waste
of money. Before buying, ask yourself what you’ll be
making. If you’d like to sew a pair of jeans or
recycle old jeans and make a bag, buy jeans needles. I have a couple of packages of jersey needles
and a twin needle because I frequently sew with stretchy materials, I use them often,
and a universal package which gives you a variety of needle sizes which is always
great to have. Therefore, you basically need only two types
– universal and stretch or jersey. I was able to sew a lot of
clothes using just those two packages. Stay away from cheap kits as well because
they’re usually not good at all. So save money
by not buying low quality products and invest it into less packages with better quality
needles. I don’t recommend putting used needles with
the new ones, so I keep them in a tiny glass jar where they fit perfectly. You could get a small container with dividers,
for pills for example, and use it instead of a jar. You might be thinking: how can you know which
needle is which after mixing them up? The answer is simple. Even
though my camera lens can’t focus so much, you might be able to see on the very top of
the needle, called a shank, there is some basic information about it, usually its type,
size or brand. I also keep here some basic maintenance tools,
a pair of long tweezers which are useful for removing stray or stuck threads inside the
machine, when the machine is turned off of course,
It’s a great idea to put a small bottle of oil if your machine requires oiling. I keep a pair of sharp scissors for cutting
thread off because I don’t have an automatic thread cutter. This might sound weird, but I also keep a
piece of scrap fabric which I put under the lowered presser foot when I’m not sewing,
I also lower the needle so that it pierces the fabric and that makes
sure that the metal parts aren’t touching and my needle is nice and secure, it won’t
break while transporting the machine but even if
it’s not going anywhere, the fabric prevents any dust from collecting. We’ll take a look at thread in a bit, so you’ll
see that I like to use cones instead of spools. Since cones are
bigger, they don’t usually fit, the spool pin is too short. I solved this problem by recycling at the
same time, I extend the pin with an empty plastic pen. You can also use a sturdy
paper or plastic straw or. Even though it’s small, the box I’m using
has enough space for presser feet, the machine I’m using is rather old so I only
have three original feet that came with the machine, a zigzag foot which I use all the
time, an overlock foot and a buttonhole foot. To be honest, these are the only
ones I actually use, I don’t need any other ones so again, I wouldn’t recomend wasting
money on them if they didn’t come with the machine. If you’d like to
still buy them, I would recommend searching online and this is the only case when I don’t
actually insist on buying original products from the machine manufacturer because
those are overpriced and I got a set of 12 pieces for 22 dollars whereas one original
foot would’ve cost a lot more than that. A blind hem foot, rolled hem and
zipper foot are useful to have around, but again, it’s not completely necessary to buy
them, I actually install zippers with my overlock foot and I use the regular zigzag foot for
invisible zippers. Despite their price, the feet I purchased
online work great, but be careful when ordering because if you have an older machine, you’ll
probably need an adapter, the kit I bought includes one so it was a
great bargain. After a year of using them, I haven’t had
any problems. Some kits come with a special box for the
feet, but those take up too much space so I like to
put the ones I use often into my white box instead. As for bobbins, I only had one original bobbin
and it was a nightmare to work with because I run out of bobbin thread
quickly, so I found this great see-through bobbin case
online for 2 dollars, but you can find a case like this filled with empty bobbins for just
a couple of dollars more which is great, I bought one of those and I have to
say that this is the best organizer you can find. It’s sturdy, you can see what you have inside,
there are a lot of bobbins and I prefer the metal ones. I also keep a bobby pin which I use to clean
the space below the metal plate under the presser foot and above the bobbin case, there
is a lot of fibers and dust that accumulate quickly. As for the top thread, I love using cones,
spools are incredibly expensive and have enough thread for one to two garments which means
you’ll be throwing them out quickly. Cones are less expensive and you get 5 kilometers
of thread. I have been using only these three
cones, black, white and blue for over two years, I’ve made at least 20 pieces of clothing
using them, I use them to wind the bobbins, to overlock and finish seam allowances, yet
I’m not even close to running out of thread. I got this Crelando thread kit as a gift and
I would recommend getting something similar if you plan on sewing colourful garments. I like that this kit comes with bobbins as
well, so there’s no need to waste the spool thread and when you use up all of
it, you’ll be left with empty bobbins to fill with any thread you’d like. I thought they would be flimsy, but they’re
actually quite good, the thread isn’t bad at all, it doesn’t break
easily. I keep it in the original box because it’s
easy to see what colours I have at my disposal. Before getting that kit, I actually bought
one myself because I needed a shade of blue but they didn’t want to sell it individually,
I had to buy the whole kit. I put all the spools into a round box, but
cookie tins work perfectly as well, they are also pretty so they brighten up your sewing
room. I also keep elastic threads here, but unless
you want to shirr, shirring is usually used on
waistbands, bodice or sleeves, there’s no need to buy them. If you’re familiar with this type of thread,
Gutterman, you might be surprised to know that it actually has a hidden compartment
inside. I like the bottom part of the spool which
has an indent and small teeth to keep the thread from unraveling, but that bottom piece
can easily be removed and you’ll be left with
a small cone with dividers. If you travel, it’s handy to have a sewing
kit so you can put a needle here, even machine needles fit,
which I find useful, you don’t have to worry that the needle will get lost or pierce anything. If you’d like to do embroidery on your machine,
you can get spools of gold or silver thread, they come in the cone form as well and I
keep them in the same black box with the rest of the spools. The last thing that is a must is a dust cover,
you can sew one yourself but it takes a lot of time
to create a made a made to measure cover, find a piece of
fabric that you don’t like or don’t know what to do with it and cover your machine, it works
perfectly. There’s no need for fancy covers. I hope you found this video helpful, here
are a couple of tips for buying and organising machine related supplies, they worked perfectly
for me so I hope they work out for you as well. Until next time, happy sewing!

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