Sewing provides a range of benefits like a personalized wardrobe, no missing buttons and extra cash in the bank.
Two of the most important reasons for sewing in today’s hectic world are relaxation and focus.
At its base level, sewing requires concentration. If you’re not paying attention, it is only a matter of time before the needle pricks your finger!
Once immersed in the task at hand, your mind is free of the clutter and noise of daily life.
If you’ve invested in a sewing machine for your kids, you’ve also invested in instilling the discipline, relaxation and satisfaction that comes with participation in any arts and crafts.
If you are new to sewing and want to improve your skills in this relaxing pastime, read on…
Get the basics mastered and you’ll be searching for advanced sewing techniques in no time at all.
We will look today at 5 easy sewing tips for beginners.
Learning Tip: master at least one new skill per project: don’t overload your learning unnecessarily.
1) Start With The Right Equipment
The best sewing machine for beginners is not the 200-year-old model bought purely to save cash. Buy cheap, buy twice!
Nothing will dissolve your sewing pleasure faster than a sewing machine you want to throw across the room every time you put your foot on the pedal.
If you are experimenting then, by all means, go for a cheap machine. Just be careful how much you spend. If you buy anything that is not fit for purpose and you want to continue, you’ll be spending money a second time to upgrade.
A well-made machine you can grow with is worth every hard-earned cent you will outlay.
2) Start Simple
Be honest, you got interested in sewing because you want to make cool stuff.
There is, of course, no reason why you cannot make beautiful designs and take it step further by selling them on sites like Etsy.
The problem is that excitement seems scuppered when you realize as a beginner you’ll first need to learn and make simple designs like pajama pants.
The best way to start is by giving yourself a quick win that you can admire every day. A cushion cover is a fantastic starting point…
3) The Cushion Cover Makeover
A cushion cover is so easy to make you don’t need a pattern!
What you learn is how to cut and sew with seam allowances. Seam allowances refer to the part between the stitching line and the edge when there are two pieces of material or more.
You can take inspiration from your creation every day. If you get bored, just buy new fabric and spruce up your room again and again.
4) Become a Master of Fabrics
It’s important to learn about what makes different materials work and why.
Cheap polyester and quilting cotton are not to be underrated. They are both cheap and easy to work with but the more time and effort spent exploring the fabric world, the more your creative juices will start flowing.
Exploring fabrics also allows you to discover what materials you most enjoy working with. Begin your search by investigating the following:
- Rough linen
- Wool jersey
- Fine cotton lawn
5) Learn Fitting Basics
The idea of altering a pattern may seem way beyond the scope of a beginner. The endless combinations of adjustments can be overwhelming, but it’s really not so demanding.
The process is very simple indeed.
Make a test garment, and look at what seems odd. Pinch out the excess or cut it up to make more room. Then make any adjustments to the pattern. Just try it out and tweak as much as you want, have fun with the test garment and you will find your feet. It doesn’t need to get any more complicated than that.
Expedite your learning process by getting help from experts from time to time. Sure, you want to figure out things for yourself, that’s part of the fun of learning a new skill. Just don’t forget you have the Internet at your disposal – use it and use it wisely.
Some people prefer learning from books or even taking a face-to-face class. Whatever learning style works for you is available.
Finally learn to embrace your mistakes, laugh at them and move on.
“You make mistakes. Mistakes don’t make you.” – Maxwell Maltz
Mistakes are a natural part of the learning process. Don’t put pressure on yourself to replicate a Coco Chanel garment as your first project. Instead, investigate some fabulous fabrics and crack out those cushion covers.
Pay attention to these simple tips and you can be up and running in no time at all.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions on any aspect of sewing. We’ll get back to you as promptly as possible.