Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sewing Tips for Beginners

I wanted to do a post on some tips and hints that will help you if you are new to sewing. If you have a sewing machine and just wonder where to begin, maybe this will help.  First, learn to thread you machine and bobbin by going to you tube and typing in the model of you machine. A lot of times you will find just what you need to get started. A bonus is that you can learn visually and pause the video as needed.

Next thing is to start out simple. Don't go out and buy a pattern that seems more than you can handle. The first thing that I would try to make is a bag, pillow case, or simple skirt. They make patterns for beginners (click the links). So, when you are at the fabric or craft store pick one up. After you get the pattern ask someone at the store to help you find what you need to make that particular item. They can help you find everything, all the way down to the thread.

If you are still not comfortable with attempting this new adventure, find someone who sews and ask them to join you. Sewing is fun and can be a great way to spend quality time with your friends.

Another thing that will really help you along is to practice sewing straight lines. You can use scrap fabric or an old piece of clothing. What you will want to do first is find a focal point on your machine. 

 This focal point will be right before the fabric enters under the presser foot.

Normally machines come with lines to mark 1/4 inch, 1/2 inch, 3/8 inch and so on. My focal point is that line. If my fabric lines up with that line, I mostly look there while sewing. I stop as needed to adjust the fabric and check the stitching.

Hope that helps you start out on your sewing adventure.  It is sew rewarding to create things on a sewing machine, I promise it's worth practicing. The more things you sew the easier it will be to make things you really love.  Happy sewing!!


  1. I never thought of using YouTube! Genius!

  2. I use You Tube for everything! I mean that literally! It is a very useful tool.