Machines we recommend (links to Amazon)

Entry level sewing machine at a reasonable price

High-speed machine for more experienced sewers.  
Sews through heavy materials such as denim, leather, canvas.   
Basic electronic machine at a budget price point.

Electronic machine that can handle fabric from knits to denim. 
Features include one-step buttonhole function, automatic threader and speed control.   

Our favorite sewing supplies

Marking tools

Tailor's chalk--for transferring markings from patterns to fabric
Chalk wheel dispenser--refillable powdered chalk marker is great for making fine lines
Mark-B-Gone pen--disappears with water for marking light-colored fabrics