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four essentials you need for your crafting arsenal

When you want to start crafting, it can seem like you need a lot of things to get started. While there are a few things that you need in your crafting arsenal, you can add things as you go along. It doesn’t have to cost a lot up front, which is what can put a lot of people off starting to do some DIY. So if you want to get crafting this Christmas, let me share what could help you get started.

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Scissors

As any keen crafter will tell you, you can’t use the kitchen scissors for your crafting. Having a special pair (or two) is a must have for any craft cupboard. They are much more precise and sharp, which is essential for use with fabrics. You don’t want to have your fabric snagging with scissors that aren’t sharp enough. You could even get a few different styles of scissors, as you go along. Crimping shears are a good option, for example.

Sewing Machine

You might start crafting by doing things that aren’t sewing related. It sort of eases you into the hobby. But as you gain confidence, you might like to branch out and try sewing. Then you can really step up your game. The crafting world is your oyster when you can sew. New clothes, baby accessories, bedding and things for the home. So shop around a bit when you are looking for your sewing machine. There are all kinds available for all kinds of budget. I quite like to use a Singer or a Kenmore. Whatever style you choose to get, make sure that you check how easy the parts for the machine are to get. You could look online for Kenmore sewing machine parts, for example.

Paper Trimmer

Having some scissors is, of course, part of a craft kit. But for precision, for things like card making, you need a card and paper trimmer in your life. You can use it for intricate and small details for all of your card craft. They are pretty small to store and quite a low budget item too. If you want to invest more in your craft kit, you could stretch to an electronic die cutting machine. They are quite an investment, though. So maybe invest in one when you are getting serious about your crafting game.

Quality Glues

If you are getting into crafting, then you are going to need quality adhesives to stick everything together. You’ll need a variety, though, depending on what craft you choose. Glues for card craft are things like tacky glue and adhesive strips. Double sided tape is a great idea too. For fabrics and plastics, a hot glue gun is a must. The glue is strong and dries clear, so can help stick together a large number of things. Glue guns and the glue sticks are pretty cheap to add to your collection. Just make sure that you have plenty of them in, for all of the crafting that you are going to do!

** This was a contributed post.

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