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There are so many different types of sewing machine models available today, that it can be difficult to try and choose the best sewing machine that is going to suit your own particular needs.

DIY Craft Essential #1: Washi tape

You'd be surprised at how many things you can do, and how many tutorials out there are obsessed, with washi tape. The versatile paper tape with adorable designs makes great wall decor, paper crafts or can even spruce up your furniture.

DIY Craft Essential #2: Needle nose pliers

This tiny tool is great for small projects. "This is not only your go­-to tool for opening and closing jump rings, bending wire, and securing crimp beads and ribbon ends, but pliers are also great for cutting through jewelry chain and wire," said Morin.

There are a number of important factors that you need to consider before you rush out and buy a sewing machine.

One of the most important factors is obviously going to be the price of a new machine. You can pay anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars for a home sewing machine. So you need to consider your budget and the features of a machine. There is no point in paying a lot of money for a machine if you are a beginner sewist.

If you are starting out, it is probably best to look for a model which is priced in the mid ranged bracket. If you buy a very cheap machine, you will soon out grow it. If you buy an expensive machine, you will not be advanced enough to use all the features and functions. This is why I would recommend a mid range beginners sewing machine.

DIY Craft Essential #3: X-acto knife

If you love stationary crafts, jewelry crafts or any delicate work -- you'll need a proper cutting tool. Not all scissors can do the job. "Remember first using scissors and cutting along the dotted lines in grade school?" Morin asked. "Hopefully, you’re attempting more challenging crafts as an adults."

DIY Craft Essential #4: Spray paint

Acrylic paints are also great for any DIY starter kit. However, if you're looking for a perfect, seamless finish on your furniture, art and home decor -- make some space to spray. It doesn't hurt to keep some cans in your favorite colors (as long as you store them properly).

Once you have decided how much you want to spend on a sewing machine, the next thing to look for is the types of features the machine will have. There are many computerized and semi computerized sewing machines on the market. A computerized machine can be a lot easier to use with features like automatic needle threading, automatic button hole features, built in stitch patterns, automatic tension control, and so on.

The thing to ask yourself is “what do you actually want the machine for?”

Will it be a machine that you will only use on a casual basis to repair clothes and garments, or are you looking for a machine that you are going to use on a regular basis for dress making and tailoring?

Once you have made the decision, your next step would be to look at some home sewing machine reviews from a variety of websites. You can find a number of real customer reviews from a variety of outlets on their websites.

If you are a more experienced sewist and are looking for an upgrade for your current machine, then you will probably need to look at more expensive machines, as they can work with a variety of materials such as leather, denim, and other heavy fabrics.

There is no doubt that you get what you pay for in regards to buying a new machine. The more you pay the more you will be able to do. There are some great models from reputable manufacturers like Brother, Singer, and Janome, which can easily handle sewing tasks such as quilting and garment making with a variety of materials.

So in conclusion, knowing how to choose the best sewing machine will depend on what you actually want it for!

DIY Craft Essential #5: Painter's tape

Painter's tape is "perfect for for attempting the c​olor block trend," said Morin. Plus, you'll need something to keep your projects neat and tidy, no matter what type of paints you use.

DIY Craft Essential #6: Hot glue gun

There are some tools that are too functional not to have. "This is one DIY workhorse tool you shouldn't do without," said Morin. Hot melt glue works on a variety of materials.
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