Sewing is a practice that goes back hundreds of years. Whether done to create clothing for the family or done as a hobby to make beautiful blankets, sewing is a valuable skill. One of the major obstacles for the modern sewing enthusiast is being able to find supplies for their projects without spending too much money. In addition to the sewing machine, anyone working on a sewing project is likely to need the following:
- Gel pens
- Fabric tape
- Zippers and hooks
- Machine parts
The cost of these supplies can add up and make it difficult to make new pieces or fulfill their vision of what a piece can look like. That’s why it’s vital to know where to obtain these sewing supplies more cheaply. The following ideas can help any sewing enthusiast to pick up what they need for free or low prices.
The first place any sewer or tailor should look for free fabric, ribbons and trim is in their own closet and those of their relatives and friends. Most people have a number of clothing items that they no longer want or can no longer fit. Instead of leaving them in the closet or donating them to charity groups, those clothing items can be moved to a sewing room for inspiration or use for upcoming projects.
For instance, old jeans can be re-purposed into new handbags or squares or quilts. T-shirts that are no longer worn can be made into pillowcases. Cocktail dresses that are too small can be cut up and used to make fancy dresses or baby relatives. Asking friends and family members for their old clothing can provide even more choices for sewing uses.
When more sewing supplies are needed, local thrift stores can be a treasure trove of very affordable items for use. Not only is there clothing to use as fabric, but many supplies needed to complete any project. Old sewing machines can provide any parts that need to be replaced, and many shops offer adhesive, trim, pins and other odds and ends.
Other Sewing Enthusiasts
Online forums for people who enjoy sewing provide ideas and other help for all their members. When looking for free or cheap sewing supplies, these forums can also offer solutions. Some forums have a trade system in place for members to exchange supplies. Other forums permit members to sell any extra materials they have so that others can buy them inexpensively.
Online Craft Shops
While many people who sew like to visit nearby sewing and craft shops, at times there are better deals to be had by shopping online. Doing some comparison shopping before making a purchase can help save some money.
Saving money when locating and acquiring sewing supplies is not only good for the pocketbook but good for the enthusiast. You can create more and more pieces without being concerned about the cost and that can mean more beautiful gifts and possessions for you and your loved ones.