11 Best Sewing Tips for Beginners 2019

When you’re new to this hobby you might ask how to start to do it right, the 11 Sewing Tips for Beginners will make your start easier for you.

One bonus tips will be to enjoy every time to sit down in front of your sewing machine (your new best friend) and no matter if you make a mistake or two the first days, you should know it will get better.

Every professional of the sewing hobby started one day as a beginner, and all of us did a few mistakes, I can’t remember how many times I had problems with my sewing machine as a newbie, and how many times I had to take it to be repaired and the gentle man told me that it was simple to fix, I just got it threaded wrong.

I learned how to sew and how to work with the sewing machine by working on it, you too, you’ll get better as you work on it. Don’t be afraid to try, and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

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11 Best Sewing Tips For Beginners Will Make Your Journey To This New Hobby Better and Easier

1. The Thread Guide Should Be Always in the Higher Position.

The thread guide is right above the needle, you can notice it because it’s the metal piece that goes up and down while sewing or when moving the hand wheel.

When the guide is not in the high position, this will cause the thread to unravel.

As you get used to working with your sewing machine, you’ll get used to keep the Thread Guide always on the high position.

2. Keep the Needle Down Every time You Stop The Sewing Machine.

When you work with your sewing machine is good to get used to keep the needle down every time you make a stop, even when you’re working on a straight seam.

When you do this, it helps to continue working without losing the straight line of the seam. It’s also important to keep the needle down in the fabric every time you want to turn the fabric to sew a corner.

Always Keep the needle down when you work on any sewing project even if you want to take the pins out.

3. Start With the Hand wheel.

The first lesson I was told when I took my first sewing lesson was always to start with the hand wheel.

By doing it, you help the sewing machine to start smooth and it will keep the sewing machine in good shape for a longer time.

Never force the machine to start by itself with many layers of fabric, this will force the machine to work and it can break the machine.

4. Slow Down When the Fabric is folded.

Many times you need to work with many layers of fabric or when the fabric is folded and it will get to thick for any sewing machine, slow down and help the sewing machine to go through that point with the hand wheel.

Do the same every time you sew a zipper on a sewing project. By doing this tip your sewing machine will work better for longer time and the needle will be in good shape.

5. Get Used To Re-Thread

I know, it takes time and it’s a job nobody likes to do, but it will help you to do a better job every time you work with your sewing machine.

Most of the times when you notice your sewing machine is not working the way it should be, after you re-thread it the problem might solve out. You can always do the same with the bobbin.

6. Keep The Sewing Machine Clean.

Many people who love to sew love to make a cover for it not just because it looks fancy, it’s because keeping it clean will help to work better and it will last longer in good shape.

Even if you use just a piece of cloth to cover it, that will be fine.

But you need to read your sewing machine manual and learn how to do a clean of the machine every once in a while, the more you use it the more often you should do the cleaning, if you don’t use it often, you still can do a cleaning once or twice every year.

7. Use the Proper Needle

Not all the sewing machine needles are the same and there’s no needle that will work for all types of cloths.

Take the time to learn more about the different needle types for sewing machines and learn more about what type of needle is for every type of cloth.

If you know in advance that you’ll be working with a certain kind of fabric, you can buy a few extra needles to have at home or at your workshop in case you need to get a new one.

If you know that you might be working with different types of fabric, learn about what needles are the most used for different types of fabric and get a few of each one in advance.

Nothing is more frustrating that the need to stop on a sewing project because you need to get a new needle to keep working on it.

8. Practice Makes the Master.

I remember my first day with the sewing machine, my mom gave me a piece of fabric and told me to work on it, I did it and showed to my mom, she told me: “Just keep doing that over and over”

When you’re a beginner, take the time to practice in a piece of fabric, (cotton fabric are excellent for the practice).

Draw some straight lines with a ruler and with a pencil and sew over the lines, try to go straight, you’ll see how good this practice works after you do it for a while.

Draw curved lines, and do the same, practice to sew over the curved lines, then zig-sag lines.

Practice to stop in different points and start again, practice to do corners.

If you don’t want to practice in expensive fabric, a good idea is to find an old piece of clothing and cut it into large pieces.

When you get enough practice with the cotton fabric, it’s time to try different types of fabric.

9. Learn To Control Your Speed

Regular sewing machines don’t work to fast, but for every beginner it seems they work quite fast!

As you practice on scraps, work to control your speed while sewing, and go fast and go-slow.

When sewing, there will be long seams where you can go fast, but there’ll be some point where you need to sew slow and even really slow, taking the time to learn to control the speed of your sewing machine while sewing will help you to work better on different sewing projects.

10. Practice the width of the seams

Most of the times the seams will have a width of 1/4″ but from one sewing project to another it can be different.

Most of the sewing machines come with different marks on the plate, take the time to practice it and you’ll get better at it!

11. Get As Many Bobbins as You Might Need

One thing that will help to work with ease on every sewing project is to get a few extra bobbins and get them ready before you start a new project.

Get the right thread on a few bobbins so you don’t need to stop to thread a new bobbin every 15 minutes, it will make your work easier.

Check also how far you have used the thread on the bobbin as you sew, this will help you to know in advance when you need to change for a new bobbin and it will not end the thread in a middle of a seam.

Closing Thoughts,

Sewing is one of the best hobbies (or business) you can work on, it’s so creative and you’ll be making lots of great things with it, as a newbie you might need to learn some skills and tricks, but you’ll get better at it as you work on it.

Keep at it and learn as you go!

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10 thoughts on “11 Best Sewing Tips for Beginners 2019”

  1. Hi Alex,

    I really enjoyed reading your article on sewing tips for beginners.

    I haven’t done much sewing since leaving school around 40 years ago, so your tips were very welcome. I have never used a machine for any sewing and wonder if there are any resources you might recommend like an online instructional course/ I’m not confident enough to just follow the printed guide which comes with the machine, although your guide will be very useful. Thanks in advance, Andrew

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  2. Wow! These tips are really massive and immense. Thanks for this website because I have learnt a lot from this website since I have started to follow it about sewing. The tips are really great and I really learned from them all. I will try to inculcate all these. I started sewing some months back and I can say that it has really been enjoyable. All these would help me better too. Thanks

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  3. While looking for a manual pdf that may be available online, I stumbled upon this article of yours about sewing. I briefly browsed the topic and I am so thankful that I was led to this article. 

    I’m not the one involved in the hobby but my mother and she tasked me to look for a manual online for her “used sewing machine” that she recently bought online. The machine came to us without a manual. Now, coincidentally, I found your article about tips and techniques essential for sewers.

    My mother is already a 71 years old woman but still hopeful someday she will revive her old hobby of sewing and knitting. I think she will find the tips here helpful and she will be able to relate well. I will share this to her.

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  4. Sewing has always been an hobby that I cherish a lot and I love getting at it almost everytime. I have tried to learn every bit of information I can get on it and I’m grateful you shared these beginner tips here. They are all right on spot and I really know that any beginner that comes across this website would be delighted to get this info. Great tips

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  5. Hi, Alex!  I am so glad I found your post on the best sewing tips for beginners!  My daughter (who I homeschool) has an interest in making things and is wanting to learn how to sew.  I want to read all these tips to her and work through some of them with her.  She is excited for me to get out our sewing machine!  I’m still a newbie to sewing as well, so we’ll be learning together.  Thank you for putting all these tips in one place!  This is great information and will greatly help us moving forward!  Blessings to you!

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  6. Hello Alex, its very nice of you to to bring up a very good post on how to for beginners in sewing. I really like this one and I must say that you did a very great job putting this together. I think for sewing one of the most important part is the thread because thats what my mum told me. The right kind of needle is also important, using the wrong needle can ruin everything. As with every other handwork, practice really does make perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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  7. I’m male, but I grew up a midst lots of sisters and we had a sewing machine then in our house. I actually grew interest in seeing out of the love of wanting to make my own designs. Sewing for me should be a skill that should be learned, maybe  not to be monitized, but having a knowledge of it is nice. These tips you have given here is indeed essential to learning this skill, but like you have said “practice makes the master”. Best regards.

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    • Hi Benson,

      Sewing is something everyone can do, it’s true, you can get the knowledge and be good at it, let me know if you start to work on your own designs, I will happy to see them!

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  8. Woe, this are really good sewing tips. I am not into sewing but a friend wants to go into it. I am sure she is going to find your post very helpful to her. Even I have grown an interest just from reading your tips. I didn’t know how sewing was done but noe I know the basics. I will share this post with her. Thanks Alex

    Regards.

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