Buying the right sewing machine is important. Unless one already has a machine, it is a wise plan to buy one that is not complicated to use; that means, one with only 3 or 4 extras besides the basics. A good, efficient, beginning sewing machine does straight stitch, zigzag stitch, and make a buttonhole. When ones knowledge increases, you might choose a sewing machine with features, but a basic sewing machine serves most folks very well, regardless of their skill level. I personally sewed with a basic sewing machine with only four or five stitches for over 15 years and was able to sew almost anything with it, even heirloom garments.
It's always a wise move to buy a new machine or possibly one that is gently used. If one does determine to buy a used machine, be certain to also get the owner's manual. If perhaps the sewing machine doesn't have one, one can usually download it by the internet. Getting familiar with the machine's instruction manual is the initial step if you want to learn to sew accurately and with less discouragement on your sewing machine.
Dressmaking shears are one of the sewing supplies that is necessary. One should have a pair that is used only for cutting fabric and thread, they are not for other reason. Scissors can become dull fast when they're used for cutting paper and any other products. It makes sense to purchase a special pair of scissors from the beginning. Be sure to fit the size of the scissors with the youngster's hand size.
A tape measure is also another of the vital sewing supplies. This is not the metal tape measure used in carpentry. This is a sewing measuring tape. It's bendable and constructed of cloth or plastic. The cloth one is more precise, because the plastic one could stretch with time.
You'll also want a good sewing book and patterns as you learn to sew. As time goes by, a few folks make patterns of their own, but most of us continue to use patterns for all of our projects. Patterns are one of the lesser costly sewing supplies. You can discover one to make about any style of clothing item. The best recommendation for beginning seamstresses is to keep it simple.
You'll surely need fabric, thread, and needles to learn to sew. Most all patterns give recommendations for fabric and thread choices. You will be able to experiment eventually. On your beginning projects, stick with their suggestions. You'll be better satisfied with the outcome.