What kind of camera do you have?
If it's possible to say (I realize that there may be too much variation from camera to camera), are there particular settings that are good for photographing clothing?
Particular lighting set-ups (within the range of an amateur photographer)?
Can you use your regular lens for close up shots of small details like stitching?
Photography is all about light: You can take well composed photographs on any camera, from an expensive DSLR down to a pin-hole camera as long as you have enough light to create a correct exposure. So as long as you have some decent light you will be okay, my photos on here are taken with a single flash and is why they are a little flat.
It all depends on what you want the photographs for? If you want to make high quality images for publication then you really need a good DSLR, 3 separate lights, and a macro lens. The macro lens allows you to take very close up pictures, depending on the focal length. Another option is to buy close-up filters which screw on the end of a lens. Some automatic cameras will allow you to take macro images but, in the main you will want a DSLR.
My main camera is a Canon EOS60D which is a very mid-range camera (here is my flickr page) and has a lovely image quality while not being to heavy. One can also buy small, cheap lighting set-ups from China, averagely priced from a few dollars up. Lenses differ depending on make, a good independent lanes is Sigam but the manufacturer units are generally better. You will need something with a wide aperture, something like f/4 or, preferably wider, f/1.8. Because you are very close to the item you need a lot of light, whether ambient or, artificial; of course this all depends on the type of image you wish to make.
Hope that helps you a little, tailleuse.
Edited by tombennett, 06 January 2016 - 01:02 AM.