Whether you’d like to fashion a wardrobe that’s uniquely you, or sew home décor items to suit your personal style preferences, Sewing for Beginners can help you learn to sew so you can achieve your creative dreams! We’re the only resource you need to learn fundamental sewing skills that can be used for everything from mending clothes to creating sellables. Our site offers sewing video tutorials, projects for beginners, and sewing patterns for beginners so you can start sewing today!
Just as nails and lumber are essential materials to building a sound structure, sewing is more successful (and enjoyable) with the right tools. While you might think you’ll have to spend your entire paycheck at the fabric store to acquire everything you’ll need to start sewing, all it really takes is a one set of hand sewing supplies, along with one set of machine sewing supplies. Yep, that’s it! Together, these tools can be used to craft anything from a pillow case to a prom dress.
Hand Sewing Essentials
For a successful sewing experience, print out this helpful checklist of essential hand sewing supplies and take it with you when you visit your local fabric store. We suggest you purchase each item on the list…cuz it’s all fun and games until you’re missing a vital tool!
Learn to Hand Sew
Now that you’ve assembled your essential hand sewing kit, it’s a good idea to get familiar with your new tools and how they function before you learn to sew your first project. On a small scrap of fabric, use your markers and seam gage to create a small hem. Pin it. Make several straight stitches with your thread and needle, then use your seam ripper to undo the stitches (ahh…the therapeutic part!). Watch our hand stitching technique tutorials as you practice with your new tools.
Latest Hand Sewing Tutorials
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As a beginner, when you learn to sew on a machine, you don’t need a James Bond edition sewing appliance! Just stick to the basics (see list below) and save yourself the frustration of trying to operate 2000 stitch machine…before you know how to make one stitch.
Before you head to the store to make your purchase, consider what types of sewing you’ll be using your machine for. Whether you want to do simple mending, or sew garments, baby blankets, or home décor, you can probably get away with a basic machine with the capability to do two stitches – the strait stitch and the zig zag stitch. You don’t have to have the top of the line, computerized sewing machine to start out with. Remember, you can upgrade at your leisure!
At the store, study the features of each machine on display to make sure it has the functionality you want and don’t be persuaded by sales people who try to sell you something more than what you need now. After making your purchase, practice some basic straight stitching to get familiar with your machine and its features. It’s a good idea to practice sewing a few seams and finishing the edges with a zig zag stitch…because you’ll be doing a lot of seams once you start sewing. The more you practice, the more confident you’ll be about starting your first project. Don’t forget to watch our helpful sewing machine tutorials as you practice your first stitches and you’ll be ready to rock-and-sew in no time! (Find a Sewing Machine Dealer)
Your First Sewing Machine & Accessories Checklist
Your sewing machine should include several of the basics listed below. If not purchase the other items on the list separately to ensure you have everything you need to properly maintain your new investment.