Building your sewing kit11:23 AM
So I've got good news and bad news here people. Good news first. After the terrifying experience of my husband being laid off, it look...
So I've got good news and bad news here people.
Good news first. After the terrifying experience of my husband being laid off, it looks like we've got a job lined up. Bad news? We're moving.
The move might actually be scarier than being jobless... To manage the move, we'll be selling our house and staying in temporary housing until we find a new place of our own. Why is that scary? I can't take ALL of my sewing stuff with me. PANIC!
So I had to dig deep and start thinking about what I do need to take with me. And that got me thinking, what can I manage with at a bare minimum. All my sewing stuff needs to make the trip with my family in our minivan. Unless I'm going to leave a kid behind at home, space is going to be at a premium. So what do I absolutely need?
#1- Sewing machine. I can't do any machine sewing without a machine.
#2- Needles (duh). Both for my machines and for some small hand sewing. Thankfully these packages are so tiny, they'll go directly into the compartment on my sewing machine.
#3- Pins and magnet box. I can't sew without pins. I like glass head 1 1/4" pins. I also need safety pins for threading elastic through casings. And of course a place to keep them off the ground, a magnet pin box. BUT, of all the things I need to sew, this is the one thing I can definitely afford to buy if I can't fit them. However, they're tiny, so they'll probably go with me.
#5- Rotary cutter and mat. I might be spoiled, but I can't imagine hand cutting all my fabric out. So add in my large cutting mat and small rotary cutter.
#7- Seam Ripper. Remember I had an entire post about seam rippers? You better believe its going with me.
#8- Straight Edge Ruler. I have a nice 6" by 24" quilting ruler. Its just the right size for cutting waist bands, neckbands and even full skirt panels. Definitely need that.
#9- Tape dispenser. If you're addicted to PDF patterns like me, you'll know that without tape, you're dead in the water!
There are 2 things NOT on this list. Fabric and Patterns. They will get their own post because #1, they'd take up way too much room on this list, and #2, I need more time to think about what to take with me!
So, help me out. What am I missing on this list? What can you not live without? I've got just 4 short weeks before I need to squeeze all of this into my van (along with my kids, cats and clothes) and I'm more than a little nervous!