So you have decided to start sewing, it’s the first time you’ll be working on your new sewing machine and you would love to know where to start.
Sewing is a hobby where you can get as creative as you want, it might be hard to achieve at the beginning but as you keep working on it things will get easier and you’ll get better at it!
Don’t let the first tries get you down, start slow and keep working on it.
How To Start To Sew.
If you’re new at it, one good tip would be if you have a friend or a close relative who does sewing, ask he/she if you can stop for a visit to see how they work with their sewing machine.
Most likely they will say “yes, come over!” as people who love to sew they like to share their knowledge and help others to get into it.
As you watch your friend or relative as they sew, you’ll get a pretty good idea what it is to work at sewing.
But if you’re not lucky to have someone who can show you the first steps to take in this hobby, there are a few things you can do.
1. First, think positive and everything will go good, it’s just a sewing machine you’ll be working with and everything will go fine.
2. Check if there’s any sewing store in your area where they give some sewing classes open to the public, some have it even if you don’t buy from them.
Another good place to ask if they have sewing classes open for beginners is to sewing, knitting and quilting stores, if they don’t have any course for beginners, you might meet someone who knows who does and you might get the phone number or a name to follow on Social Media.
This is the way I’ve found from knitting stores, quilting and fabric stores in my area (Montreal, Canada)
3. Watch some sewing for beginners videos on YouTube.
We all are so lucky to have this Social Media Platform to learn everything we need to nowadays!
You might need to watch a few videos for this topic until you find the you tuber that speaks right to you! When you found him/her, you can watch the video as many times as you need to.
What Do You Need To Learn Before You Start Sewing.
1. Unbox Your Sewing Machine.
For many unboxing a sewing machine is like getting a new toy, at least for me it was! No matter what kind or what type I get, every time I get one, I just want to get it out of the box to see what does it look like in real, how does it work? And how good I will be at it?
When you get your new machine, take the time to read the manual, it will give you the instructions to follow to get the new machine correctly out of the box and how to set it up.
Learn about the pieces you’ll find in the box and how to keep it.
Read about the steps to set up your new machine on your work table.
2. Watch One or Two Videos Before You Turn On Your Sewing Machine For The First Time.
Most likely you’ll find a video to watch for every type and brand of sewing machine, it will give you some instructions to set it up and to start sewing with it.
3. Start Working On Your New Machine.
When you feel yourself comfortable to try it, take it to your work table and set it up following the manual book.
Follow the instructions to turn it on and thread it. You might want to try it for the first time with a piece of cotton fabric, the one kind quilters use to make quilts. Don’t use a thick or too thin a piece of fabric,
Start slow making some stitches, and keep like that for a few minutes, try to stop the machine and then take off the piece of fabric.
Repeat the same process a few times, you’ll feel more comfortable as you make it a few more times, try then a few different stitches.
Work on this process as many times as you need. Don’t try to sew a piece of clothing the first time you try a new machine or if you’re a newbie at sewing.
Use as many pieces of fabric to try out your new machine or if you’re a newbie, it will help you to work better at sewing and learn how your machine works.
4. Sew straight lines.
Take a piece of fabric and with a ruler trace a few straight lines on it, try to follow the lines with your sewing machine.
Hold the piece of fabric with your two hands and start slow to sew following the line, repeat this process until you make it and until you feel more comfortable following a traced line on your machine.
5. Sew curved lines.
The same way you traced straight lines on a piece of fabric, trace some curved lines on a piece of fabric and work on them with the sewing machine.
It takes practice and patience to get skilled to work on it.
How Long Does It Take To Learn To Sew?
It depends on everyone, nobody can tell you how long you need to practice before you start making that list of sewing projects you have already in your mind.
As you keep working to get better at it, you will learn how to sew easy projects first.
Start with something easy and with a project that doesn’t require lots of expertise at sewing, like a Kleenex fabric holder or a pot holder.
Another good project you can make as a beginner would be an easy tote bag, nothing fancy.
Keep at it and you’ll get better.
Sewing is a wonderful hobby to work at, as you start at it, it might be frightening and you might get to think you’re not good at it.
Everyone who is good at it, began being a beginner, I remember the first days of my sewing career, I was too young, and my mom signed me in into a class.
The teacher at that time, thought also I was too young (8 years old) to learn the trade, she kept me working on making doll’s clothing on paper for a month by hand.
As the teacher saw I was good at it, she told me I could buy some fabric to make myself a dress, I still can see in my mind that first dress I made!
From that dress, I’ve never stopped to sew, from small projects for my house to some clothing for myself and then I started to sew clothing for my children and I’ve never stopped to sew!
If you’re a newbie to sewing, welcome!
You’ll be happy you decided to join the club, soon you’ll be making every sewing project you have in your mind to sew!