Basic Notions You Need to Sew!

by Beth Cooper

Let’s get back to basics and talk notions. What do you really need? There are so many notions on the market and a lot of them make certain tasks much easier, but they may not be something you need all of the time. If you’re just getting started and want only the basics, or if you’ve been sewing a long time and are wanting to simplify, let’s get back to basics!

The Mighty Rotary Cutter: Let’s start with the versatile and efficient rotary cutter. This unassuming tool revolutionized the way we cut fabric. With a sharp circular blade that effortlessly glides through layers of fabric, the rotary cutter enables precise and clean cuts. Its ergonomic design ensures ease of use and minimizes strain on your hand. With this essential tool, you can swiftly cut fabric pieces with accuracy, making it an indispensable ally for quilting, garment making, and various sewing projects. You definitely want this tool in your basic lineup of notions. Read another article about rotary cutters here. Find a whole selection of rotary cutters here!

This Olfa Splash 45mm rotary cutter is perfect for all sewing projects. It can be found by clicking here. (Pssst. It’s on sale this week if you have the coupon from the Nancy’s Notions newsletter!)

The Trusty Scissors: While the rotary cutter excels in straight lines and long cuts, the humble scissors still hold their own charm. A good pair of fabric scissors can handle intricate curves, trimming seams, and snipping threads with precision. Their simplicity makes them easy to maintain and keep sharp. When used in conjunction with the rotary cutter, scissors help bring finesse to your sewing projects, making them a must-have tool for any sewist. There are so many options when it comes to scissors. Shop the entire selection of scissors by clicking here.

These basic ultra-sharp scissors are perfect for your sewing projects! Find them here!

The Timeless Needles: Well, you can’t sew anything without a needle! Whether you’re hand-sewing or using a sewing machine, the right needle can make a world of difference. It’s essential to choose the appropriate needle size and type for your fabric to achieve smooth, even stitches. With a well-chosen needle, you can achieve professional-looking results, all while embracing the simplicity of this essential sewing notion. Want to read about how to choose the right needle? Click here. Want to shop for sewing needles? Click here.

These hand-sewing needles by Roxanne work perfectly
for a variety of projects! Find them here.

The Everlasting Thread: Thread is the invisible backbone of any sewing project. While there are various specialty threads available, the basic polyester or cotton threads have stood the test of time. They offer strength, reliability, and versatility, ensuring your seams withstand the test of time. By focusing on quality rather than complexity, you can create beautiful, long-lasting stitches that withstand regular wear and tear. Read more about choosing the right thread here. Or shop the entire selection of thread here!

The 50 wt threads by Missouri Star are perfect for a variety of sewing projects! They come in a variety of colors and can be found here.

The Reliable Pins: Pins are the unsung heroes in the sewing world. Despite their simplicity, they play a crucial role in ensuring precise alignment and accuracy during the sewing process. Basic pins are affordable, easy to use, and can be reutilized time and again. By employing a mindful approach to pinning, you can achieve well-matched seams, smoothly finished hems, and perfectly aligned patterns. Pins are important, people! Definitely keep these with your basics. Read more about pin options here.

Looking for basic sewing pins? Click here!

In a world driven by constant innovation and complex machinery, it’s important to remember that sewing is an art form that can be mastered with basic tools. By embracing the simplicity of rotary cutters, scissors, needles, thread, and pins, you can create beautiful projects without the need for fancy gadgets. Returning to the fundamentals not only encourages a deeper understanding of the craft but also allows for greater creativity and resourcefulness. So, let’s celebrate the beauty of back-to-basics sewing and unleash our creativity with these humble yet indispensable tools. Happy sewing!

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Norene Demaline
Norene Demaline
8 months ago

I’m so glad to see Nancy’s notions. I used to get the catalog. Welcome aboard Nancy

Last edited 8 months ago by Norene Demaline
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