In this day and age, where on-line learning has become so common, and excellent instruction is available, you can be a self-taught fashion designer or seamstress without ever setting foot in a classroom. If you are interested in sewing and making your own clothes, you do not need a lot of equipment and tools to get started.
I recommend getting just the basics to get started, and you can build your collection over time. I highly recommend learning from the experts because just as with any other skill, it is best to learn. I often turn to classes on crafty when I am wanting to learn more. One of my goals for 2015 was to learn tailoring, and I did so via craftsy. They have an array of classes for every level.
Or you can try Craftsy Unlimited, watch everything free for two weeks!
If you want to learn to learn with me, join my sewing group HERE. I also offer one on one sewing lessons via skype or google hangout etc. I usually offer one to two-hour slots of one-on-one lessons a few times a week. If you are interested in learning with me, please send me an email using the contact form below 🙂
To start off with, I recommend the following:
1. A sewing machine. Depending on your budget, you can find these as low as $30 at thrift stores or craigslist. Or you can by one as low as $65. I recommend a machine that has a backstitch and zig zag stitch at the minimum. Personally,I prefer Brother machines and have listed a few HERE. But remember you can use ANY sewing machine. As long as it has a basic straight stitch!
2. Iron: Household or professional iron will do. Make sure if has a steam function because steam and heat can make magic happen when it comes to garment construction.
3. Fabric scissors, thread and of course some fabric to sew 🙂
If you are not sure how to get started, ask! Send me an email and I will be happy to guide you with your 1st sewing project!
As you advance as a sewist or designer, you can build your collection of tools over time.
For a list of all the tools I recommend, click HERE