Basic Sewing Kit Essentials Checklist

What you need to make quick repairs.

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    Needles in an assortment of sizes

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    Thread (stock at least a black, a gray, a cream, and a denim-stitch gold)

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    Needle threader, so you won’t need to squint as you thread the needle

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    Safety pins: hefty steel ones for big jobs and small brass ones to close littler gaps

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    Buttons in a mix of styles: small white shirt buttons; large, dark ones for coats; and medium-size trouser buttons

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    Hem tape for needle-free repairs

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    Velcro (patches or strips with adhesive for temporary fixes; iron- or sew-on styles for more lasting fastening)

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    Patches (to save torn jeans and trousers instantly)

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    Thimble, a must not just to protect thumbs but also to help you force a needle or a pin through heavy fabric

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    Tape measure

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    Seam ripper, for do-overs when you need to remove errant stitches

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    Snap pliers, to help replace snaps or grommets