ü Pair Fiskers or Westcott titanium scissors
About 16 dollars
Sharpness and durability. Upgrade to Fiskers if you aren’t on a budget, but these work well.
ü Box of bridal pins
I like these better than the ones with the heads because they don’t distort fabric as bad, and its easier to sew over. Don’t get caught in/on the machine as much.
ü Measuring Tape
Pretty obvious. Many uses for this tool. I also suggest a ruler as well.
Free if you own one already, or about 5-10 dollars for a cheap one.
Good tool for ironing fabrics before cutting, during the project and after its finished. I suggest a nonstick type of metal.
ü Ironing Board
This depends on your preference and how much room you have. A stand up standard sized ironing board is useful for bigger projects and you can let items hang. I prefer a smaller desk top one for use on my work table, and lack of space.
Can never have enough black thread!
Or white thread!
ü Typical Notebook
About 89 cents
Perfect for notes, and making your own patterns. Loose paper is harder to keep organized.
ü Sewing machine
This is the most expensive, and the most important of all tools. Really can’t do anything without one but maybe a slipstitch. You can get a cheap one, but I suggest around 200 is better. More stitching options (wider project ability), and better quality stitches.
ü Chalk or fabric marker
For how cheap it is, it is worth every penny. Perfect for marking pattern symbols on the fabric.
ü Different sized needles.
For hand stitching and basting.
ü Tackle Box
About 10 dollars
Way better, way organized than a sewing box for all the little notions you collect. I got a 3 shelf one, and I’m already out growing it.
Being a low man on the totem pole at my job, I didn't have a particularly large budget to work with, so I started with the basics, and continue to work my way up.