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When buying a sewing machine you should always keep the future in mind. You will not always be a beginner, and before long you will likely require a fully featured, advanced sewing machine with which to express your creativity and skill.

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.

It is for this reason that a computerized sewing machine is a good choice for a beginner. If you are really serious about sewing as a career and not just a hobby, the machine you should strongly consider starting with is the Brother PC-420 Project Runway Limited Edition.

Yes, it is an advanced machine, but despite that it is also very easy to learn to use. Even beginners report that they had little trouble in learning the ropes with this machine.

You'll start out with a wide range of built-in stitches: 294 to be exact. These offer you a fantastic variety of stitches to use on your projects, from the very basic to the wonderfully decorative.

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).

In addition to this, you can also create and save your own stitches with the Brother PC-420 thanks to its built-in memory. An easy to navigate LCD screen gently helps you along while crafting your own unique patterns, or simply selecting and using existing ones.

For quilters, the machine includes a quilting foot and a walking foot in addition to a number of other presser feet.

This illustrates the advantage of not just settling for something cheap early on. To get a tiny little basic sewing machine makes sense if you have never sewn before and just want to test the waters. However, if you've done some sewing and you are convinced it is your calling, this type of advanced computerized machine simply makes sense as a starting point.

You will get used to the machine and figure out its little problems and glitches. Before long, it will be like an extension of yourself. By getting a decent machine like the PC-420 from the beginning, you avoid the process of constantly upgrading to another machine just as you were getting used to your current one.

So, think hard about your choice of entry-level sewing machine. Decide how serious you are about sewing. If you are passionate about it, the Brother PC-420 has a lot to offer you.

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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