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  1. Tailor chalk/water dissolvable marker
  2. 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.
  3. Cutting mat
  4. Fabric scissors (different sizes)
    • Spend the cash on a good pair of shears and a good pair of scissors.
  5. Hook/eye closures and clear buttons
  6. Lots of pins/pin storage/magnetic pin cushion
  7. Measuring tape
  8. Peg board
  9. Popper studs
  10. Roller foot
  11. 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.
  12. Seam gauge
  13. Seam ripper
  14. Snips
  15. 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.