Vintage garments often require some conservation or minor repairs. This is an inexpensive sewing kit to get you started. It includes the basic tools you need for most repairs. Think long term and buy the best you can afford; you never know when you'll find a fabulous silk dress at a thrift shop. Store your tools together in a bag or box so they're easy to retrieve when needed. In some households, it's helpful to hide them so they won't be misused. The tools: Seam ripper-a new qood quality seam ripper. An old seam ripper is more time consuming to use and difficult to control. I like a ripper with a sharp point on the end so I can cut a single machine stitch. Shears-good quality stainless steel sheers like Fiskars; and if possible a pair of 5” trimmers. Needles-Size 8 embroidery (crewel) needles are a good choice for most sewing. These needles have a large eye. They are large enough to sew through most thick fabrics and small enough to leave no needle holes in fine silks. Needle threader (optional)- a needle threader is a time saver. Choose one that has both ends of the wire hidden in the handle. Marking chalk—white only. Colors leave stains and disappearing pen marks may return later. A sliver of white soap with no oils is a good substitute. Tape measure—a fiberglass tape measure that won’t stretch. It’s easier to use if begins numbering at both ends and has inches and millimeters. Old paper and cloth tape measures may not be accurate. Pins—fine pins are best for most garments. I keep my new pins in the original box and my used pins in another box. When working on delicate fabrics, I use only new pins and sometimes fine needles (sizes 10-12). I like flower head pins for laces, loosely woven fabric, and bulky knits. Band-aids—place on the third finger of your sewing hand if you don’t use a thimble. They’re also handy if you have a cutting accident. Did I neglect your favorite tool? If so, please add it. Another day we'll discuss supplies--threads, zippers, snaps, hooks and eyes.