Print Email Basic Sewing Kit Essentials Checklist What you need to make quick repairs. Save this checklist! Progress Saved Your progress has been saved **You've changed this checklist.** Remember to save your progress. See Your Saved Checklists | All Checklists done! Needles in an assortment of sizes done! Thread (stock at least a black, a gray, a cream, and a denim-stitch gold) done! Needle threader, so you won’t need to squint as you thread the needle done! Safety pins: hefty steel ones for big jobs and small brass ones to close littler gaps done! Buttons in a mix of styles: small white shirt buttons; large, dark ones for coats; and medium-size trouser buttons done! Hem tape for needle-free repairs done! Velcro (patches or strips with adhesive for temporary fixes; iron- or sew-on styles for more lasting fastening) done! Patches (to save torn jeans and trousers instantly) done! Scissors done! Thimble, a must not just to protect thumbs but also to help you force a needle or a pin through heavy fabric done! Pincushion done! Tape measure done! Seam ripper, for do-overs when you need to remove errant stitches done! Snap pliers, to help replace snaps or grommets Save this checklist! Progress Saved Progress SavedYour progress has been saved**You've changed this checklist.**Remember to save your progress.