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Sewing is a fun hobby, with a purpose, that not only has been around forever, but always will be. And just as technology has made it easier to do other things we enjoy, so it is with sewing. To think of it as just a hobby is doing it an injustice, as many people make their living using these machines, both male and female. Anyone who thinks that sewing machines are just for the female of the species is way off the mark.

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.

The improvements in sewing machines over the last few years has been tremendous. Nowadays it is possible to find excellent machines that will, for example, make buttonholes at the press of a button. Computerization has made machine embroidery a dream. And these are only two of the areas that have improved so much. There are machines that will set the tension for you, tell you what length of stitch to use, and so much more. There are even machines now which do not require the foot pedal for control, ideal for those of us who find getting the right pressure on the foot pedal difficult, for whatever reason!

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).

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Even the size of the machine has improved immensely. At one time they were big heavy machines, which one thought twice about moving, and often if someone did a lot of sewing they would set up a room, or area in their home and just leave machine in situ.

Nowadays, even the most complex of machines is light and maneuverable, making it much easier to consider taking your machine out of the cupboard for that small job, knowing it will be no trouble to put away again.

The range of machines available now is extensive. You should consider exactly what the machine is going to be used for in order to purchase the right machine for you. Even so, opting to purchase a machine with some additional capabilities which your sewing practices could well develop into should be considered and is very much an option. Sewing machines are still a very much in demand piece of equipment for the home, which has kept the price of machines today very reasonable, especially with their vastly increased capabilities.

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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