There are many simple sewing tips for beginners to help you on your journey to becoming a young master or mistress of the needle and thread. This blog will take you through our top sewing tips and tricks to get you started!
Choosing Your Sewing Machine
Firstly, make sure you purchase an appropriately sized sewing machine. Sewing machines come in many different sizes, and it’s best to get one that is easier to handle and not too challenging for a beginner who might become discouraged.
We recommend starting off with a mechanical sewing machine. This is an excellent choice for beginners because it is easy to use and more affordable than other types of sewing machines. Whilst mechanical machines make less precise stitches than computerised sewing machines, their manual knobs make adjusting the various settings of your machine – including the tension and type of stitch – very straightforward. Remember, you can always change your sewing machine once you become more experienced!
Next, get ready by gathering all your sewing supplies together. This includes your sewing machine, of course, but also make sure to include:
- Scissors (an all-purpose pair is best)
- A measuring tape
- A pencil
- A seam ripper (in case you get stuck or need to take something apart)
- Spare sewing threads (you can never have too many of these!)
Try using a big piece of cardboard as a workspace so you don’t mess up your dining room table. Also, when buying thread for the first time, try out different weights and textures to see what works well with your sewing project.
Sewing Techniques and Projects for Beginners
Once you’ve got everything ready and you’ve got your head around the machine manual, it’s time to start sewing. Ensure that you start simple e.g. making patches for jeans or trousers that have holes in them. Before you do this, however, ensure you have a trouser leg to use as a pattern. If you don’t want to ruin your trousers, you could try sewing pillowcases, pot holders, or even a stuffed animal! As long as it’s something that is made of one piece of material and isn’t too big, then it should work out well!
Example: Sewing Patches on Jeans
Firstly, check that the fabric is colourfast if the patch is going to be sewed onto dark coloured clothing. If not, the dye from the jeans might bleed onto your clothes. You can do this by washing both pieces of clothing in hot water separately before sewing them together. Always make sure to pre-wash any new clothing before sewing them too! A good way to make sure the patch is firmly attached is to sew around it three times in different places. Now get sewing!
If you are thinking about learning how to sew, find some high-quality supplies, check out our premium range of sewing machines, and then get started on your new hobby today. With just a little practice you’ll be making all kinds of things in no time at all!!