When you first start any new hobby it can be really easy to feel totally daunted by the options available to you.

Some people feel like they need to buy absolutely everything before they get started and others worry that they need lots of things, but have limited funds to get started.

Glass headed pins

To help you make a decision on what to buy we have written the following guide of things that are ‘Essential to have’, ‘Nice to have’ and ‘A treat to have’

Most of these items are available to buy from our shop shelf at Beautiful Things Headquarters so you can pick them up when you come to class but if you are unable to make it to the shop we have included clickable links to all the items mentioned.

(These are affiliate links and whilst it costs you no more to purchase via them we will earn a small commission for recommending you).

Essential Items

Fabric scissors

Pins

Tape measure

Stitch ripper

thread

Sewing machine needles & Bobbins

Sewing machine (mechanical domestic model) – As a studio we recommend Janome machines as our machine of choice but thats not to say other makes and models are not just as good.  If you choose to buy from the link below that is fabulous, however we do have a deal with Sewing Machines Direct. Choose any machine on their website and contact them directly, mention Beautiful Things and you will receive a further discount on the advertised price.  Should you purchase please let us know what you have bought as the company offers us a commission on all sales (at no cost to you).  We choose to pass this commission onto MIND the mental health charity.

Nice to have

Rotary cutter

Cutting mat (basic A3)

Quilting ruler

Quilting clips

Pin magnet

Sewing machine (computerised domestic model CXL301 listed here is the same machine we use in our studio for classes) – As a studio we recommend Janome machines as our machine of choice but thats not to say other makes and models are not just as good.  If you choose to buy from the link below that is fabulous, however we do have a deal with Sewing Machines Direct. Choose any machine on their website and contact them directly, mention Beautiful Things and you will receive a further discount on the advertised price. (Cxl301 are currently approx £299) Should you purchase please let us know what you have bought as the company offers us a commission on all sales (at no cost to you).  We choose to pass this commission onto MIND the mental health charity.

Treats

Cutting mat (coloured A1)

Rose gold fabric scissors

Sewing machine (higher end computerised model with cut functions, extendable table for quilting and knee lifts for dressmaking) – Sewing machine (computerised domestic model DSK100 listed here is the same machine that Claire has at home) – As a studio we recommend Janome machines as our machine of choice but thats not to say other makes and models are not just as good.  If you choose to buy from the link below that is fabulous, however we do have a deal with Sewing Machines Direct. Choose any machine on their website and contact them directly, mention Beautiful Things and you will receive a further discount on the advertised price. (Cxl301 are currently approx £299) Should you purchase please let us know what you have bought as the company offers us a commission on all sales (at no cost to you).  We choose to pass this commission onto MIND the mental health charity.

Zips – I love to buy zips in bulk. I always buy 20″ and then I can cut them down to whatever size I need