I am aware that for many of you this might be your first time attempting to sew so i thought i should cover the basic essentials needed to actually sew 🙂
You will need :
A Sewing machine – as a beginner i wouldnt advise buying a sewing machine just yet because lets face it you might not like it so find a friend/relative who has one and borrow it lol
However, if you would like to by your own you can get a good one for approx RO 50. I have seen some at EMax, Carrefour and Salaman stores (who have a sale btw so you might want to check them out). Salman stores should be able to help you find a beginner sewing machine since as they are the dealer for Janome. Janome is a good brand i started on one and my current machine is Janome.
In addition to the machine you will need to buy
Bobbins & Sewing Needles – both are available from Al Hadhrami/ Al Ghafoor
A good Pair of scissors
Dressmaker Scissors – these will be used to cut fabric. You can find these at Al Hadhramy or Al Ghafoor and they cost approx 5 RO
Imporant note: these scissors are to be used only for fabric nothing else (not for paper, plastic etc)
Small pair of Scissors or thread nippers – these come in hand to clip loose threads
Ruler – prefarbly with inches as most of the tutorials as in inches
Fabric markers– you can find only find chalk here and thoes are found in Al Hadramy, Al Ghafoor and lately i noticed they sell them in Lulu hyper market .
Iron – yes you will need an iron handy as this is about to become your best friend 🙂 makes sewing so much easier believe me
Seam Ripper is used for when you need to re-do something it rips the seams out
Thread (prefarbly that matches the fabric)
Fabric – i recommend cotton fabric as its the easiest to handle and cheap you can get some at Al Zuraiq at 1.200 per meter
Pins – we call them dabous we use them mostly to hold up our scarves. For sewing we would use it to hold fabric in place whilst sewing.
Pin cushion – this will help hold your pins upright which makes it easy to grab them when u need them. ( you can get these again at Al Hadhramy or al Ghfoor)
I think i have covered the essentials please dont be discouraged by the things you need. I assure you that its fun and you are going to be so proud of yourself once you have made something 🙂