The cool thing about writing a research paper on your favorite hobby - you run into a lot of useful resources. I found this PDF just today that gives you the basics of a sewing kit and a lot of useful advice and tips that will save you time, money, and a lot of unnecessary cussing.
Here is the link on putting together a great sewing kit for beginners and advice for any level of sewing.
There are also a few places you can look that give you advice on a simplified version of a sewing kit you can make in minutes. Or here on how to make the cute modge podge travel case pictured above. I might have to go thrifting and create myself one of these vintage masterpieces.
Question: What is your favorite sewing tool - the one thing you can't live without?