Last updated on January 9th, 2015
When our world changes due to some SHTF scenario, one of the kits you want to have stocked is a sewing kit. How detailed you get is up to you, but even on a tight budget, you can put together a decent recession proof sewing kit.
Why should you have a sewing kit in your preps? Even during a crisis situation, you will need to repair items via sewing tools. What if your tent gets a hole in it or your backpack gets a hole in it? They will need to be repaired. Articles of your clothing may also need fixing as well as one of your tarps. Being able to repair and salvage many of these items can be a real help in a survival or bug out situation. You probably won’t be able to get another tarp, tent or pair of socks.
A good place to start is with a travel sewing kit. If you buy one at your local dollar store or grocery store, I believe the most you might pay for one is just a few dollars. You can also purchase them at craft fairs or your local sewing/craft stores. For a small kit, they provide you with some of the basics. You will get several ‘spools’ of thread in different colors. They are not the size of a regular sewing spool, but you will be able to make repairs. You will also get a thimble, a needle threader, usually several needles, some spare buttons and a measuring tape. All of this is usually stored in a small plastic case.
If you choose, you can expand this into a nice lightweight sewing kit, by just adding a few inexpensive items. Adding heavy duty thread will be a good idea. Patches, or repair tape are great items to add too, where you just peel off the backing and stick them in place for your repair job. They would make nice patches for a tent or any outside material. I would also add several packages of heavy duty hand needles and variety package of needles. They are not expensive. And don’t forget those safety pins!
Adding a larger pair of scissors and regular spools of thread would extend the life of your kit for only a few dollars. Again, all of these additions will help to make you a nice lightweight sewing kit. Ladies, if you already have a wooden sewing kit filled with just about everything you will need, then I recommend you think about ‘heavy duty’, and having extras.
Also, for those of you that are not ‘fluent’ in sewing, I recommend you add a good, all-purpose sewing book. Hand Mending Made Easy: Save Time and Money Repairing Your Own Clothes
Sewing tools will grow in their importance the longer a crisis lasts. And remember they will also make great barter items, so stock up!