Being able to sew is such a good skill to possess. You can start with simple craft projects and when you get better, you can even start making clothes. If you are interested in learning how to sew, here are some tips which can help you in your journey.
1. Choose a good sewing machine
If you want to be a good sewer, then you need a good sewing machine. This will be your best friend for the years that you will be sewing, so you want to make sure that you buy one that will truly be an investment. But if you are a complete beginner, you might want to stay away from models that are too complicated as you will only get frustrated learning all the added features. Keep it basic and simple at first so that you will not have tempted to give up because it’s too hard to operate. Look for a sewing machine that can be simple enough to operate but can also handle more complicated projects. You can check out The Tool Report’s sewing machine reviews for a more detailed review of sewing machine brands for all skill levels.
2. Make sure that you read the sewing machine manual properly
3. Research on the different types of fabrics and thread
As an aspiring sewer, you need to know that the choice of fabric and thread is very important. Some combinations do not work and will only result to waste so be sure to study on which fabric and thread would work together.
4. Master the basics of hand sewing first
It may be tempting to begin making sewing projects right away, especially when you already have the sewing machine that you purchased. But before you bring out your fabrics and thread from your sewing kit, you might want to make sure to master the basic hand stitches first. Why? You might think that with a sewing machine, you’ll be set for life for all the sewing projects you have. But you will soon find out that a sewing machine will not be able to do everything, and some of the more intricate details needed for more complicated projects like sewing leather will require hand stitching. Some of the most basic stitches you need to learn are the whip back, overcast,
5. Master the sewing machine stitches
You don’t need to master the hand sewing stitches before you can start learning how to sew with a machine. When you are sure that you have already acquired the skills for hand sewing, you can also start learning how to use the machine. But before doing sewing projects, practice the basic stitches first, such as the backward stitch, blind hem stitch, and zigzag stitch. What you can do is get scraps of fabric and practice making a straight stitch through the fabric. Try to use different types of fabric to know the difference in the feel between the fabrics. Also, graduate from scraps to longer pieces so you can also practice how to gather fabric while sewing.