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What is the Best Way to Learn Sewing?

By Jessica Strohlson

Sewing is a super fun skill and hobby that anybody can learn by dedicating time and effort to the craft. With some practice, you can quickly go from a novice to an advanced sewer.

One of the top ways to learn sewing is from the comfort of your own house. If you’re looking to learn to sew, here are some of the best tips for doing so.

Getting Started

Before jumping into sewing, you’ll want to make sure you’re properly prepared. Not only will you need a positive and determined mindset, but you’ll need to have the proper tools on-hand to make everything go smoothly.

Gather Materials

different measuring tapes for a seamstress

Scissors

Purchase a pair of scissors that you will reserve expressly for sewing. Avoid using them to cut paper, plastic, hair, or anything else, as their quality and ability to cut fabric well will quickly decline if used on other things.

Cutting Board

If you plan to cut your fabric on a table, a cutting board is great to avoid the appearance of scratches as a result. These are also a great tool as they have rulers printed on them. These serve as excellent guides for the lines you’ll need to cut fabric and design your projects.

Sewing Needles

Of course, sewing needles are one of the most important materials. You’ll need hand sewing needles for essentially any tasks you’re looking to complete. It’s imperative that you stock up on needles. One or a few is not sufficient as they often break during the process of creating a project, especially if you’re working with tougher material than thin fabric.

Measuring Tape

Similarly to the ruler on a cutting board, measuring tape is a great way to keep the seams straight and even which is extremely important when it comes to sewing as you want everything to look clean and even.

Thread

thread and variety of buttons sewing materials

Thread is one of the most important parts of a sewing project. When just starting off, you’ll want to get two to three spools of 3-4 colors of thread to have enough stocked up and a bit of variety so everything won’t be the same project.

However, while an inexpensive product may be enticing, avoid purchasing super cheap thread, as this is a case where you’ll really get what your money is worth. While you don’t have to purchase the most expensive option, thread that is exceedingly cheap is significantly more likely to break if you sew at a quick pace.

Additionally, you’ll also want to know what type of thread in particular that you’re looking for. Do research, and if you’re still not sure, make sure to ask a clerk in a store what the optimal thread is for the type of fabric you intend to use. Using thread that is incompatible with the material you plan to use can result in an inability in being able to sew or a messy look.

Seam Ripper

Mistakes often happen with sewing. In fact, it’s almost encouraged when you’re learning to sew. Error is a major part of practicing and improving your skills. 

However, when you make mistakes, you’ll want to have a tool handy to efficiently correct these mistakes. A seam ripper is an efficient way to remove seams that you accidentally sewed incorrectly, as well as remove zippers and open button holes.

Pins 

Sewing pins are used to hold your fabrics together before you start sewing. Using pins will make the process a little earlier as they make matching up seams and notches much quicker.

You may want to get a pin cushion or a magnetic dish to keep track of these pins. Dropping your pins can be a disaster that you won’t have to deal with.

Fabric and Other Material

Fabric is important when you’re looking to practice your sewing. You’ll want to make sure you have thread that is compatible with the type of fabric you’re looking to sew. 

If you choose other fabric than basic store-bought fabric that you find around your house, you may want to begin with materials that you don’t value too dearly.

Learn to Hand Sew From Home

woman using a sewing machine for the first time

Learning from the comfort of your home is one of the most relaxing and affordable ways to do so. All you have to do is set aside some time to put effort into your craft and build your skills.

Here are some excellent ways to learn to sew from home.

Step-By-Step Tutorials

You don’t need to leave your home to have a teacher or gain assistance with your sewing endeavors.

In fact, there are a multitude of excellent online tutorials available to teach you how to sew as a beginner. Many stick to the basics, but others go more in depth as you advance in level. 

Many of these online resources are free, but others, especially ones going more in depth may require that you pay a subscription. The option you choose will depend on how advanced you’re looking to become and whether you have the monetary means to pay for a subscription. If you do have the money, it may be a worthwhile purchase.

Trial and Error

When starting out, trial and error is an excellent way to begin building and developing your skills. Essentially, this means that you’ll start from scratch and practice to expand your skills and experience with various methods of sewing.

Here are some tips you’ll need to consider to build and improve your skills:

Tips for Learning to Sew for Beginners

Start Simple

You may be eager to jump into bigger projects, but this won’t be realistic for a newbie. So instead, start small. One of the first things you’ll want to begin with is simply sewing a straight line. Straight lines are one of the most simplistic things to sew, making them an excellent starting point for beginners. As you advance from straight lines, you’ll still want to avoid projects that are exceedingly intricate. Products with many different designs and frills take quite a bit of skill that you’ll need to build up to before you make any attempts to create them.

Additionally, another tip for simplicity is to maybe opt for sewing something other than clothes, as these can be difficult to sew. Instead, start out with sewing items that you can find around your house to create simple projects with. For example, blankets, pillows, and cloth are great examples of easy fabrics to work and develop your skills with. 

If you find something around your home, don’t jump into sewing on material that you’re not too fond of.

wall of multi-colored sewing thread

Have a Clear Goal

A good rule of thumb to consider when starting out is to learn at least one new skill with every sewing project you complete and develop the ones you already know as you advance. It’s easy to become stuck at the same level as your last project. Therefore, it’s essential to have goals and continue to push yourself and unlock new talents that will benefit you moving forward.

You’ll want to do some planning and research prior to each project so that you can decide what skill you want to develop next and the necessary materials you’ll need. When acquiring new skills, it may take a few tries but error is one of the best ways to learn and become a more advanced sewer.

Alternative To Learning From Home: Sewing Classes

One of the biggest benefits of sewing from home is that you don’t have to spend lots of extra money or even leave your home. However, there are some benefits if you do decide to pay for and attend a sewing class.

You’ll often be able to gain access to materials, and have someone there helping you step-by step.

Sometimes, you’ll even get lucky and find sewing classes that are entirely free.

Conclusion

Sewing is an incredibly fun and useful skill to have. Whether you’re looking to fix things or simply sew for fun, the potential for learning and growth is endless. With the right materials and drive, your skills can and will quickly grow and continue to do so and you won’t even have to leave your house unless you choose to.


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