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I friend of mine is just starting out with preps. She's not really a tool hands on person, but likes to sew and do knitting etc.

What she has is a "barter-able" skill. Having socks and hats is a valuable things, as well as having clothes made/repaired etc.

You guys give this area of preparedness much thought?

What sorts of things have you stowed away?

Am thinking:
  • Treadle sewing machine
  • fabric
  • thread
  • Yarn
  • Needles
  • Patches
  • Scissors
  • Buttons
  • Zippers
  • Velcro
  • Webbing
  • Buckles

What am I missing?
 

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Patterns and paper to make your own. Pencil, pens and chalk. A big work table with good lighting.

Snaps, grommets are handy too.

I consider my Speedy Stitcher a must have tool. So is a good set of carbide jaw needle drivers.

A good supply of needle threaders, magnifying glass.

You can make copper rivets from heavy wire if you have a pair side cutters and a small vice. Copper pennies with a drilled hole works for large area.

Sewing machine oil, spare belt, extra bobbins, book for the machine in case you need to fix it.
 

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Lay in a supply of 10.10 ounce cotton duck, #10 YKK zippers, 6 ounce extremely tight weave cotton and if, by chance, you can locate sail silk, which is true Egyptian cotton purchase all they have. Egyptian Cotton/Sail Silk is the holy grail of tight weave cotton and basically impossible to find.
 

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Depending on how extensive she might want to go, there are quite a few additional items that can be added, to wind up with a full scale clothing production, repair, and tailoring business. Here are some ideas:

Tailor/Seamstress tools & supplies:
1) Treadle type sewing machine (Janome 712T) (Amish built cabinet)
2) Sewing machine attachments
a. Button holer
b. Pressor foot set
3) Machine Sewing Cabinet
a. Needles
b. Thread spools
c. Bobbins/bobbin racks
d. Seam rippers
e. Scissors
f. Shears
g. Straight pins
h. Buttons
i. Clothing snaps and rivets
j. Zippers
k. Area light
l. Work light
4) Clothing design & making supplies
a. Cutting table
b. Measuring tapes
c. Seam rippers
d. Scissors
e. Shears
f. Marking chalk
g. Straight edge
h. Marking guides
i. Straight pins
j. Safety pins
k. Buttons
l. Bachelor buttons/Jeans buttons
m. Clothing snaps and rivets
n. Zippers
o. Cloth
p. Patterns
q. Pattern material
r. Neck magnifying glass
s. Area light
t. Work light
5) Hand Sewing Basket
a. Needles
b. Thimbles
c. Thread
d. Measuring tapes
e. Seam rippers
f. Scissors
g. Shears
h. Marking chalk
i. Straight edge
j. Marking guides
k. Straight pins
l. Safety pins
m. Buttons
n. Bachelor buttons/Jeans buttons
o. Clothing snaps and rivets
p. Zippers
q. Cloth
r. Neck magnifying glass
s. Work light
6) Other needlecraft tools
a. Knitting
b. Crochet
c. Yarn hand looms w/accessories
7) Quilting tables/stands
8) Knitting machines
9) Weaving looms
10) Serger (requires electricity)
11) Clothing Maintenance Items
a. Washing machine
b. Drying racks/clothesline w/pins
c. Folding table
d. Ironing board w/covers
e. Set of flat irons
f. Hanging racks

Fabric, cloth, & rope production tools & equipment:
1) flax soaking trough
2) flax drying racks
3) flax brake
4) scutching block & blade
5) hetchels
6) shearing shears
7) fur/hair/wool/cotton/flax/other fiber carding combs & paddles
8) small spinning wheel
9) large spinning wheel
10) weaving loom & shuttle
11) wick/string/twine/rope braiding stand/rack

Tanning, leather & furrier tools & equipment:
1) skinning knife
2) hide stretching/working racks
3) hide scrapers
4) hide soaking/tanning tanks
5) leather trimming knife
6) leather thong making board & knife
7) sinew/tendon soaking trough
8) sinew/tendon pounding board & mallet
9) sinew/tendon drying rack
10) sewing awl
11) sewing needles

Just my opinion.
 

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I have a couple singers. Both converted to electric, one with most of the stuff to convert back.
2 "modern" (I'm offgrid with solar)
LOTS of thread, I have a few bacs of cloth and canvas tarps (gotten cheap.... source material)

But what I do is hit up thrift stores.

This one is $0.50 or $0.25 after ~ 6 weeks.
When they get to that price (pants, good shirts, or quality jackets)
I buy.

My size or larger
(I'm 6', 215lbs)

Cheaper than buying fabric.

It's something I'm remiss in.
Need more needles, etc
I'll get there.

Right now I'm probably good for 10 years except Sox abd underwear.
Probably 5-6 on them.
(I have a schedule, buy a couple more packs and put them back.)
 

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Depending on how extensive she might want to go, there are quite a few additional items that can be added, to wind up with a full scale clothing production, repair, and tailoring business. Here are some ideas:

Tailor/Seamstress tools & supplies:
1) Treadle type sewing machine (Janome 712T) (Amish built cabinet)
2) Sewing machine attachments
a. Button holer
b. Pressor foot set
3) Machine Sewing Cabinet
a. Needles
b. Thread spools
c. Bobbins/bobbin racks
d. Seam rippers
e. Scissors
f. Shears
g. Straight pins
h. Buttons
i. Clothing snaps and rivets
j. Zippers
k. Area light
l. Work light
4) Clothing design & making supplies
a. Cutting table
b. Measuring tapes
c. Seam rippers
d. Scissors
e. Shears
f. Marking chalk
g. Straight edge
h. Marking guides
i. Straight pins
j. Safety pins
k. Buttons
l. Bachelor buttons/Jeans buttons
m. Clothing snaps and rivets
n. Zippers
o. Cloth
p. Patterns
q. Pattern material
r. Neck magnifying glass
s. Area light
t. Work light
5) Hand Sewing Basket
a. Needles
b. Thimbles
c. Thread
d. Measuring tapes
e. Seam rippers
f. Scissors
g. Shears
h. Marking chalk
i. Straight edge
j. Marking guides
k. Straight pins
l. Safety pins
m. Buttons
n. Bachelor buttons/Jeans buttons
o. Clothing snaps and rivets
p. Zippers
q. Cloth
r. Neck magnifying glass
s. Work light
6) Other needlecraft tools
a. Knitting
b. Crochet
c. Yarn hand looms w/accessories
7) Quilting tables/stands
8) Knitting machines
9) Weaving looms
10) Serger (requires electricity)
11) Clothing Maintenance Items
a. Washing machine
b. Drying racks/clothesline w/pins
c. Folding table
d. Ironing board w/covers
e. Set of flat irons
f. Hanging racks

Fabric, cloth, & rope production tools & equipment:
1) flax soaking trough
2) flax drying racks
3) flax brake
4) scutching block & blade
5) hetchels
6) shearing shears
7) fur/hair/wool/cotton/flax/other fiber carding combs & paddles
8) small spinning wheel
9) large spinning wheel
10) weaving loom & shuttle
11) wick/string/twine/rope braiding stand/rack

Tanning, leather & furrier tools & equipment:
1) skinning knife
2) hide stretching/working racks
3) hide scrapers
4) hide soaking/tanning tanks
5) leather trimming knife
6) leather thong making board & knife
7) sinew/tendon soaking trough
8) sinew/tendon pounding board & mallet
9) sinew/tendon drying rack
10) sewing awl
11) sewing needles

Just my opinion.
Wow... that is certainly the extensive list. Thanks. Will be saving that one.
 

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I will post what i carry with me when I get a hold of a camera. being a simple soldier most my life I have grown to appreciate a good yet small sewing kit.
my kits made like a small wallet with several different kinds of sewing and repair needles thread ect.

Your friend does not need to start out crazy or big if fabric crafts are an interest. maybe find some local quilting or knitting groups she can join and let it flow from there
 

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JDY has a pretty extensive list, but as someone who quilts as well as sews and repairs/alters clothing on a regular basis, I have a few additions...

Quiltmaking/hand sewing supplies:

Fabric (good way to use scraps from other sewing projects)
Rotary cutters and extra blades (also can be used for cutting out fabric for clothing)
Quilting rulers
Quilt patterns
quilting needles
Quilting thread (thicker than most garment stitching thread)
Thimbles
Batting (depending on application, I prefer cotton, wool, or silk. I don't bother with the polyester/synthetic stuff)
Quilting frames
Straight pins
Basting pins (like safety pins, but curved to hold the quilt layers

For the fabric production, I would also add fabric dyes (you could also have a "dye garden" with plants that can be used for natural dyes) and a "drop spindle"

For clothing cleaning, I also have:

Wash tubs
Scrub board
Supplies for making laundry soap: Borax, washing soda, Fels Naptha and Zote bar soaps, grater (for grating the bar soap) Pan for melting soap, 5 gallon bucket for mixing soap, LONG paint stir stick, empty detergent bottles for storing detergent once made.
 

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It's been covered pretty well what I will add is if she/you are going to stock this stuff that you use supply houses. I can get a 10 pack of generic needles for 20% or less of what a local sewing store wants if I go straight to the supply house. Assuming you are talking about a "real" stash you'll be wanting industrial amounts anyway. You won't buy a pack of pins you will be buying by the pound etc.

I would toss in sharpening gear and the correct jigs to sharpen scissors and some spare parts. At very least some spare bobbin hook and cases.
 

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I am going to chime in on something else.
Production of the actual cloth.
A loom and availability of cotton/wool is going to be a biggie in such a situation.

The concept of the fabric caching is not a bad idea, but it is a supplied item. What happens when that runs out?

Out in these parts of the sand dunes, the tribes have their own system not only for rugs, but general use cloth.

Just my two cents worth.
 

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I will post what i carry with me when I get a hold of a camera. being a simple soldier most my life I have grown to appreciate a good yet small sewing kit.
my kits made like a small wallet with several different kinds of sewing and repair needles thread ect.

Your friend does not need to start out crazy or big if fabric crafts are an interest. maybe find some local quilting or knitting groups she can join and let it flow from there
Look forward to seeing your travel kit.

I have a small little kit that I carry with me too. Be interested to see how they compare.

By the way... thanks for your service! :thumb:
 

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I'm with the Salvation Army store idea. It's tough to find denim jeans at second hand stores, but you can find them at garage sales. Cargo pants and military fatigues are also good durable clothes.

Hard to get interested, but I think this season of yard sales, I'm going to start collecting boots and shoes.

Something that hasn't been mentioned for even the folks who want to build their own is moth balls to protect stored fabric. The wife says I can't do that, but I'm going to start dropping some into our totes of storage clothing.
 

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The most important prep here that I see missing? Practice.

In addition to the other things that have been listed -
-Not just scissors, *good* scissors which are used ONLY on fabric. (Here, if you use my fabric scissors on anything else, I'll have your guts for garters!) I like Gingher. Regular shears plus a button hole scissor, that can double as small snips.
-A whetstone specifically for the scissors.
-A cutting board, a big one. I've got one that's the size of a 6x6 table for laying out larger projects.
-Pins and replacements for those that get run over by the machine, lose their heads or lost. I estimate mine get replaced in total every three years, and I usually buy 2-300 of them at a go.
-Cloth weights to help hold down patterns when cutting out and tightly spaced
-A yard stick or yard long metal square (this is the BEST straight edge ever)
-A machine that takes cams. I like the pretty patterns they make. If you do enough sewing, you will too.
-Stuffing
-Bias tape - making your own is a PITA
-These two I can't stress enough. Machine needles, in different calibers and thread, thread, thread, thread - I buy the large spools that look like they should be on a fabric mill.
-Buttons
-Other notions - safety pins, fabric glue. snaps, trim, interfacing etc.
-A Jetsons (or the like) buttonholer. Personally, I prefer the ones that White made, as they fit my machines better. The Jetsons buttonholer is a singer. Like this https://www.google.com/search?q=sin...hUMiqwKHZ45CtMQ9QEIXTAH#imgrc=nia0ezzjnYCKPM: You take the foot off of your machine, put the buttonholer on, cover the feed-dogs with the provided plate and you're off to the races.
-Extra bobbins for machines of your style. Modern bobbins come in 3 main styles, the class 15 - the most standard, the class 66 - which is rounded, and the rotary. Other machines, such as industrials or treadles have different classes. Make sure you've got what you need before you start a project and you have to unwind the thread off of the only 2 bobbins that came with it, especially if it's a vibrating shuttle type (treadle). Those bad boys are easily loseable at the end of the thread.
-A bodkin or two. These are SO useful when doing things like dragging elastic thru casings, or turning things inside out.

In terms of other things:
Sheep
Fleece
A spinning wheel - while I like drop spindles for their ability to provide control, they are much slower than a wheel.
A picker
A drum carder (hand cards are slow)
A dye garden. Not hard to do, I've been working on one for 2 years now. It going slowly, but surely.
A way to provide mordants, or stored ahead of time.
Knitting comes with a whole other ball of wax I don't want to get into here - it's almost as lengthy as the sewing thread.
Weaving is even worse.
 

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Look forward to seeing your travel kit.

I have a small little kit that I carry with me too. Be interested to see how they compare.

By the way... thanks for your service! :thumb:
So this is the second version of the one I made on a deployment and lost:(:(

the differences are I added 2 pockets its a waxed canvas I made vs scrap canvasy material. and I put blue ribbon around it to help prevent fraying. for the needle holder I used an old velcro shoulder patch from a multicam uniform I made into a ghillie suit.

its not finished. I only re made this about 2 months ago and life has been hectic lately. what it is missing is a canvas and ribbon trimmed ring that will slide over the whole thing and help keep it closed. as well as i need to make a card spool that fits the pocket to put thread on there are about 6 saftey pins in the pocket in a few sizes.. currently all thats in there is some monofiliment nylon thread maybe like 1kg test(2.5lbs) for suturing if needed. and the needles. top is normal sewing needles and pins the bottom are various repair needles. (Canvas,Carpet, Leather, Sack, Sail, Upholstery)

Everything was sewn by hand and then when i found a friend with a machine went over with a machine as it makes prettier stitches than i do. and pulled out all the old stitching except what was in the edging as its blue on blue and the more reinforcments to the edge the better.
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So this is the second version of the one I made on a deployment and lost:(:(

the differences are I added 2 pockets its a waxed canvas I made vs scrap canvasy material. and I put blue ribbon around it to help prevent fraying. for the needle holder I used an old velcro shoulder patch from a multicam uniform I made into a ghillie suit.

its not finished. I only re made this about 2 months ago and life has been hectic lately. what it is missing is a canvas and ribbon trimmed ring that will slide over the whole thing and help keep it closed. as well as i need to make a card spool that fits the pocket to put thread on there are about 6 saftey pins in the pocket in a few sizes.. currently all thats in there is some monofiliment nylon thread maybe like 1kg test(2.5lbs) for suturing if needed. and the needles. top is normal sewing needles and pins the bottom are various repair needles. (Canvas,Carpet, Leather, Sack, Sail, Upholstery)

Everything was sewn by hand and then when i found a friend with a machine went over with a machine as it makes prettier stitches than i do. and pulled out all the old stitching except what was in the edging as its blue on blue and the more reinforcments to the edge the better.
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That is a great design. Hope you don't mind if I make a similar one?

I really like the multiple sections. Thank you so much for sharing
 

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I will post what i carry with me when I get a hold of a camera. being a simple soldier most my life I have grown to appreciate a good yet small sewing kit.
my kits made like a small wallet with several different kinds of sewing and repair needles thread ect.

Your friend does not need to start out crazy or big if fabric crafts are an interest. maybe find some local quilting or knitting groups she can join and let it flow from there
Mine is 4-8lb test fishing line, several needles that have big enough eyes for the fishing line and after fixing my bag yesterday; either a small pair of pliers for pushing the needle through cloth & plastic or maybe even a multi-tool.

If I go with a multi-tool, it will be the first one I ever had. Never had a use for one before now. But I could use the knife and the pliers, and scissors just for sewing repairs.

I do all of my repairs with fishing line, most of what I wear is work clothes and bush clothes. Fishing line is strong stuff and doesn't take up much space in a small roll.

Also some gorilla 1" duct tape comes in handy as well.
 
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