Essentials for the Sewing Room
- Tailor chalk/water dissolvable marker
- Clear/grid ruler (6"x24")
- The ruler is 1/8 thick, and has griping markings on back so it doesn't slip and use it as a straight edge to run the rotary cutter along to make straight cuts of fabric.
- Cutting mat
- Fabric scissors (different sizes)
- Spend the cash on a good pair of shears and a good pair of scissors.
- Hook/eye closures and clear buttons
- Lots of pins/pin storage/magnetic pin cushion
- Measuring tape
- Peg board
- Popper studs
- Roller foot
- Rotary cutter
- Be careful to keep your hands out of the way. It it helpful when cutting out quilts but not much else in my oppion. The longer I sew and the better I cut, the more I find a rotary cutter bothersome, particularly for straight lines.
- Seam gauge
- Seam ripper
- Spool and bobbin storage
Also magnetic pin cushions are a total godsend, especially if you're prone to dropping your pincushion. You can collect any rogue pins by metal-detectoring it on the floor, plus you don't have to worry about dropping pins/looking at your pincushion as much when you're busy looking at what you're pinning.
Though this is not a must by any means.
Also I find having a tester zipper that you can practice with inserting was super handy in the beginning.