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What Do I Need to Start Sewing With a Machine? (2023)

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It can daunt to learn a new skill like sewing, especially if you are not sure you have the right materials.

Maybe you already have a sewing machine or are considering buying one and wondering what I need to start sewing?

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Here are all the sewing machine accessories you will need when you first get started.

Getting Started Sewing: The Essentials

While it is always a good idea to have a Having fairly well-rounded sewing machine tools, there are a few things you just can’t live without, whether as a beginner or as an experienced seamstress. This is what you absolutely must have before you start.

The right sewing machine

This one might seem like it should go without saying, but now that there are so many machines on it to market, it’s easy to pick one you will regret later on.

As a Beginner, we recommend sticking with a basic 12 stitch model. As long as it can handle straight stitch and zigzag stitch, you can learn on it.

Check out our recommended best sewing machines of 2019 for inspiration and comparison reviews.


This is one more thing you shouldn’t think about too long when you start over. Consider the weight, stretch and fiber content of the material before purchasing, but don’t by expensive, luxurious fabrics.

We recommend sticking with cotton for your first few projects.


As a beginner you should have a basic, easily visible wire to work with.

Have a few extra spools on hand, just in case, and remember that your machine uses two threads at the same time: the needle thread and the bobbin thread.


These are an important part of your sewing machine. A bobbin is a small bobbin that you must thread and place in the machine.

The bobbin thread works together with the top thread to create the loops that become stitches. Bobbins are small and can , so it’s a good idea to have some extras on hand, but buy the specific bobbing your sewing machine needs, otherwise they may cause problems with the machine or not to work.

In most cases you can find the one you need online or at craft stores.

How to Thread a Sewing Machine Bobbin


You will need both hand sewing needles and machine sewing needles, and plenty of each when you sew with a machine.

Most experienced seamstresses recommend you use your sewing machine needle with every new project you make, as they dull with use.

You will also need to do some research on which sewing machine needle is best for the fabric you are working with; the heavier the material, the larger the sewing machine needle you will need. As for the needle point, a universal needle should at least serve you well for your first few projects.

Which sewing machine needle should I use?


Every seamstress should invest in a pair of sharp, good quality dusters. However, be careful that they on paper or cardboard or they will become dull.

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Tape Measure

This is one of those essential sewing machines that are easily overlooked when you have a are a beginner and would like to get started, especially if you already have other measuring tools on hand, such as a ruler.

However, sewing often involves measuring large, three-dimensional areas, so you’ll likely find that I need a tape measure sooner rather than later.

Other Important Things

Having discussed the supplies, here are some other sewing machine accessories that will make your life as a seamstress will help much easier.

The more you use your sewing machine, the more it is likely to become indispensable.

Iron and ironing board

Ironing and pressing your materials before and after use for sewing helps inaccuracies and to keep your end product looking polished.

You can use a standard iron or ironing board, or buy small and portable ones specially designed for sewing and other crafts.


Yes, it is possible to sew without pins, but unless you practice , it will be much more difficult and you will not have the same precision you would if using them.

First of all, make sure you have pins that are easy to find if they fall to the ground.

It is also useful to invest in pins with glass instead of plastic caps so that they do not melt when in contact with the iron.

Fabric pens or pencils

Most likely you won’You don’t want to mark your fabric with permanent ink, but most patterns require you to mark them. Fabric pens or pencils rinse easily when your item is ready.

Painter’s tape

Many beginners find it useful to stick a strip of painter’s tape on the throat plate of their sewing machine to create a create a straight line to move the fabric.

This helps seems, especially for less experienced seamstresses.

What do I need to sew? Now you know it!

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Mutasim Sweileh

Mutasim is the founder and editor-in-chief of, a site dedicated to those passionate about crafting. With years of experience and research under his belt, he sought to create a platform where he could share his knowledge and skills with others who shared his interests.