Today's Homesteading: Basic Sewing Kit

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In part four of our month long Monday Series, Today’s Homesteading, we cover the basic sewing kit.  Part of being self-sufficient involves being able to tackle your own small sewing projects by mending clothes or basic home decor pieces.  Making and/or fixing your own things means fewer things go to the trash and keeps you from purchasing replacements. Besides... think of the money you will save in repair costs.

Truth be told, I believe most homes could benefit from a sewing machine and at least one person in the house who knows how to use it. However, in the absence of that, every home needs a basic sewing kit and someone with at least basic sewing skills.  If that person is you, prepare for lots of mending moments.

savour... a stitch in time

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Basic Sewing Kit

The basic sewing kit is fairly easy and inexpensive to put together and you may already have many of the recommended items.  Find a tackle box sort of container to separate items or store your kit in an old tin or cigar box. The following list includes the tools for nearly any small repair or sewing project.  You may need additional items for bigger projects.

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Basic Sewing Kit

  • Tape measure
  • Sewing gauge
  • Pin cushion
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Threader
  • Seam ripper
  • Bent handle shears
  • Pressing tools
  • Pinking shears
  • Rotary cutting mat
  • Rotary ruler
  • Rotary cutter
  • Thread in basic colors (red, black, white, navy, khaki, green)
  • Buttons
  • Safety pins
  • Straight pins
  • Thimble
  • Marking pencil
  • Fabric bond tape