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19
Aug

Basic Items for a Starter Sewing Kit

If you are new to sewing and you have no idea what to get for your first sewing kit, don’t worry, because we will cover all the basic tools you will need for your new hobby.

Scissors

Most experts in sewing will advise you to get three types of scissors to cover all the requirements for your future projects. First, you must find quality dressmaking shears in a hobby shop in Singapore. This type of scissors should be able to cut through any type of fabric, so that means you’re not supposed to use to cut other materials. Next, you will need small scissors with sharp points for threads, clip curves, and seam lines, because the first pair of scissors are too big for such tasks. Lastly, you will need utility scissors for cutting other items.

Measuring Tools

You will need a set of measuring tools such as a see-through 12-inch ruler or yardstick, a 6-inch metal sewing gauge, and a measuring tape that is at least 60 inches long. If you need to create bigger projects in the future, you might want to buy longer measuring tapes. The see-through rulers are useful for creating patterns, while the sewing gauge is used to keep a consistent measurement while working on a piece. Rulers used for drafting and other crafts and arts can also be used for sewing, especially if you’re planning to try quilting.

Marking Tools

These are used to mark your measurements and patterns before cutting the fabrics, but the tool you will use will depend on the type of fabric that needs to be marked. Marking chalks and pens are used for less stable fabrics like wool and fleece, because the marks will disappear or dissolve. For cotton fabrics, you will need a tracing wheel and tracing paper. You might also want to stock up on painter’s tape, especially if you’re still learning how to sew straight lines, and hem tapes to hold the folded hems in place while you’re sewing.

Seam Ripper and Rotary Cutter

These are also cutting tools like the scissors, but have special functions such as ripping stitches and cutting fabrics. Some sewing machines include a seam ripper, but in case you don’t have one yet, find a piece that has a comfortable grip and sharp tips. The rotary cutter is used for cutting through curves, long fabrics, and making sure that the fabric edges are cut straight. You will need a cutting mat to use the rotary cutter to protect your furniture from scratches.

Iron, Pressing Cloths, and Hams and Rolls

Most newbies forget basic pressing items, but these items help create clean edges. Get a steam iron, ironing board, pressing ham for hard-to-reach areas, and pressing cloths to protect fabrics from direct heat.

Finally, you will need an assortment of safety pins, needles, threads, buttons, patches, zippers, snaps, and a pin cushion, magnetic pin holder, thimble, and a container to hold all the sewing tools.

14
May

Pros and Cons of Leaving Our Comfort Zone  

 

If we want to be successful here in Singapore, we have to take risks. If it doesn’t work out, we have nothing but experience to carry around. Taking risks means leaving our comfort zone. Comfort zone refers to the psychological state which a person feels familiar, in control and at ease. The person within his/her comfort zone feels low anxiety and low sense of risks.

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Many people say that the magic happens outside our comfort zone. This doesn’t mean that we have to go outside Singapore to take risks. This means that we have to try things that we fear and stop playing safe if we want a difference. If we are thinking about leaving our comfort zone, we have to know the pros and cons. Here are the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone:

  • Pros: When we leave outside our comfort zone, we will understand more about ourselves or others. There is no doubt that our zone will expand. It does not end there because when we step outside, we will surely improve our self-confidence. Notice that when we see other people outside their comfort zones, they look happier and more satisfied; these people are called extrovert because they know a lot of people and they experience lots of things. Without a question, if we are outside the comfort zone, we learn how much we are actually capable of. More importantly, stepping outside can bring us knowledge and wisdom. Need we say more?

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  • Cons: There is always something that can hold us back. Thinking about the cons is natural because we fear the unknown. Yes, stepping outside our comfort zone is frightening. We do not know if something bad might happen and it is scaring us. That is understandable since we are in a new territory and we still need to explore it. If we go outside the comfort zone, there is a tendency that people will judge us. Some people disregard stepping outside because they think that everything is fine how it is. We often hear that what we do not know will not hurt us, this is also applicable for staying inside the comfort zone – we think that ignorance is bliss. We might also miss what we left and more importantly, we are afraid that we won’t be able to cope if things do not work out.

Now we know the pros and cons of leaving our comfort zone. It is time that we weigh things and make it happen. We are not forced to leave everything but this is worth the thought. Let us ponder on this.

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