This post marks the beginning of the sewing for beginner’s series. If you want to learn how to get started sewing, or you are looking for inspirations on simple projects to start with, I got you covered, I am going to talk about materials and tools you need, sewing tips, and more.
You’ve got a sewing machine, maybe you bought it or it was given to you as a gift or an inheritance. You are so excited and dreaming about all the things you want to make, but you are getting overwhelmed because you feel there is so much you do not know.
So you push the machine to the side and it starts gathering dust or maybe you are still determined to tackle this, thankfully, but you still do not know where to start.
Sewing can be very fulfilling. You can sew new projects and gifts, you can alter clothing that doesn’t fit right, make cozy blankets, bags, purses and quilts, and you can create lasting memories with the projects you sew. It doesn’t have to be hard, it just takes practice and patience, but soon you can be sewing like a pro.
But you know what? Sewing for beginners can be a lot of fun because it’s so exciting as you learn what you are doing and start creating your first projects. You’re going to love it! Let’s learn to sew!
SEWING FOR BEGINNERS: A LEARN TO SEW GUIDE-
HOW TO USE A SEWING MACHINE:
Maybe you already have your sewing machine, but if you’re in the market for one still, it can be quite mind-boggling to try to figure out what machine to choose. Maybe a new one or an old one? The most expensive or the cheapest? Read this blog on my experience shopping for a sewing machine to give you some perspective.
SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER AS YOU CHOOSE A MACHINE:
- What’s your budget? Do you want something on the very low end of the price scale or do you have a little bit more money to work with?
- Do you want to buy it locally or do you want to order it online? Some companies will include free sewing lessons when you purchase in store. If that interests you, you might choose to buy locally. You’re likely to find better prices online though, so if you are comfortable learning to sew online, that’s a great route to go.
- Do you want a lot new technology and add-on, or do you prefer something simple that might be easier to get started on? Both can be good options-sometimes simple is great. Or maybe you have some specific options that you want in a machine? Think about some of the things that matter to you.
Of course, there are a lot of things to consider when you’re in the market for a machine, and you’ve got to find the best fit for you. However, remember, just because you’re thinking about sewing for beginners right now, you won’t always be a beginner. So buy something that you’re going to love.
UNDERSTANDING HOW TO USE YOUR SEWING MACHINE:
Once you’ve got your sewing machine, it can still be very intimidating right? You’ve got to learn to thread it, learn how to change the settings and learn what all the buttons mean.
Every sewing machine is a little bit different, so your best bet is to start with the users manual. But don’t let this scare you. It isn’t particularly hard to thread a sewing machine and most beginner machines aren’t going to have too many settings to overwhelm you.
So, grab your manual, sit down with the machine and take a look. Maybe have get your favorite drink and Netflix to keep you happy and then be patient. Just practice threading and getting the machine set up.
BEFORE YOU SEW:
There are some basic things you are going to need in order to get started with sewing for beginners.
First of all, you’re going to need some basic supplies like fabric, thread, a seam ripper, pins, scissors, and bobbins. Those are some of the most basic supplies needed (and of course there are so many more things you could buy as you go) to get going. My next post will be about Beginner’s Sewing Supplies. So subscribe to my blog via email so you do not miss it.