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A Beginner’s Guide to Sewing

Regardless of your core reason and motivation behind wanting to learn how to sew, you have most definitely arrived in the right online space, as learning the basics of sewing will go a long way to inform your designs and the development of your skill.

With this in mind, read on to discover a simple yet helpful beginner’s guide to sewing. 

How to Choose the Right Sewing Machine for You 

First and foremost, you may already be aware of the sheer volume of different types and styles of sewing machines available on the market and may also feel a little overwhelmed when trying to choose the right one to suit your individual purposes.

Important things to consider when buying a sewing machine should include:

  1. Offers available (such as free sewing lessons) when buying in-store compared to online

  2. The level of intricacy you require (especially as a beginner)

  3. Your budget and whether or not you want to buy cheaper to begin with then upgrade 

Always Begin with Simple Projects

For your very first project, even though you have fantasies of creating an entire wardrobe for your granddaughter, you need to be realistic as to what you can achieve of a high quality and choose something simple to begin with

Basically, choose a project with as few pieces to connect as possible and with only poker straight seams, with such projects including a pillowcase, table coasters, a drawstring bag, a headband or a fitted sheet. 

What is more, make sure you also have a collection of small scraps of material upon which ti practice. 

The 12 Basic Supplies 

Alongside your sewing machine which, even though it is currently taking pride of place on the dining room, there are twelve other essential supplies that are necessary for a seamstress.

Firstly, you will need a seam ripper, which can remove stitches made in error without ripping the fabric, a rotary cuter and a thick and durable cutting mat, a seam gauge for measuring hems and marking where buttonholes should go and a pair of quality fabric scissors. 

Next, you should also invest in a full-length, clear plastic ruler, a pincushion and pins, fabric chalk, bobbins, measuring tape and, of course, a set of quality needles and thread. 

In addition, one of the most exciting developments in the world of sewing is the range of textiles and associated accessories from suppliers who now have an official online store, such as the prestigious and respected     

Take Regular Breaks

Especially as a beginner, it is crucial that you do not saturate your day with sewing, as this will not only increase the risk of you making a mistake but may also turn you off the idea of pursuing sewing as a hobby.

Instead, position your sewing equipment and sewing machine in a place within your home whereby you are able to simply sit down and begin sewing and leave to do something else without having to constantly spend time unpacking everything, only to have to pack it away again.


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