9 Sewing Mistakes Beginners Make

Many times you will keep working with a damaged needle just because you didn’t know about this important point. As you start sewing as a beginner, you might learn many tricks and hacks on the way. 9 Sewing Mistakes Beginners Make will tell you some of the often mistakes beginners make while learning to sew.

Getting to know what to do and what not to do will shorten the way to become a better sewer and you’ll get better results on any sewing project you want to make.

9 Sewing Mistakes Beginners Make You Can Easily Avoid

Start With A Difficult Sewing Project

You might have started to learn to sew because you saw a beautiful blouse, dress or any garment in a magazine, and you want to make it by yourself.

As you learn to sew you’ll be learning the sewing skill and techniques to work on different sewing projects, before you notice you’ll be making not only that blouse or dress you saw that day on a magazine, but you’ll be skilled to make any sewing project you want to make.

But before that happens, you need to start making easy sewing projects, by doing this you’ll be learning how to sew from the basic techniques and you can try to make something more difficult when you notice you’re good on the first sewing techniques you made.

Starting to sew pillowcases and tissue holders will help you to soon be able to start making an easy blouse or a baby dress.

Start More Than One Sewing Project At The Same Time

When you’re a beginner, you might want to make lots of sewing projects, and before you notice you’ll be at the fabric store with a shopping list of many different fabrics so you can make all those projects right away.

It’s normal to have a long list of sewing projects to make on paper or in your mind, but wait a moment, it’s better to start with one project at the time, stay focused on making it until you finish it, then it’s the time to start working on the next sewing project you have in your list to make.

Using The Wrong Size Of Needle

There’s a reason why you can find many different types and sizes of needles in the market, each one is made to help you to get better results on the sewing project you’re currently working on.

Take your time to find the right needle to work on each type of fabric or sewing and embroidery project you want to make.

Whether you’re working on your sewing machine or by hand, you’ll find the right needle for every sewing project you want to make.

Keep in your sewing room a plastic box or a drawer where you can keep the different needles and if you’re a beginner, you can make small paper envelopes to keep the needles well organized, write down a note to specify what type of needle it is and for what kind of sewing work you will use it for. By doing this you’ll get all your needles well organized and it will save you tons of time.

How to solve out this problem?

As you keep working on different sewing projects, you’ll get to know about the different types of needles you need to have in your sewing room, later you’ll get a small collection of different types of needles that will make your work easier and better.

Stop Using Damaged Needles

Do you keep using the same needle on your sewing machine for a long time?

I must admit I did this mistake too, I was so proud of myself that the sewing machine needle last for a long time, until I knew about the benefits of changing the needle every 5 or 6 hours of use.

Any needle with the normal use will get damaged and you won’t be able to see it, it’s often advised to touch with your fingers the needle tip and it should feel smooth all the way to the end, if you feel any imperfections then you need to replace that needle for a new one.

As you keep the needle in your sewing machine in the best conditions, it will help you to get better results.

Not Learning How To Work On Your Sewing Machine

Every sewing machine is unique and each one of them comes with a manual, I know, as you get your sewing machine you might want to try it by sewing something on it.

Before you get frustrated because the sewing machine you just bought is not working good, take your time to read the manual and find where each part of the sewing machine is and what it is used for.

Take your time to test the sewing machine first on a piece of cotton fabric and then with different types of fabric, learn which is the best stitch to use with every type of fabric.

Test the sewing machine by making a couple of different easy sewing projects, if you got the sewing machine from your mom, your sister or one friend, ask them to show you how it works, it will save you tons of time and problems.

Not Pressing Your Seams

You might not like to iron at all, ironing is the one chore no one likes to do, including me!

But when we talk about sewing and making quilts, an iron and an ironing board should be part of your sewing room.

Uneven seams, and crooked seams make your sewing harder.

Taking the time to press the seams will help you to work better and get great sewing results, if you don’t like to sew one seam and press it, you can consider sewing as many seams as you can do and press them in batches.

If you work on sewing projects often with the same type of fabric, you’ll get to know the right temperature to press them, but if you work with different types of fabric, it’s always best to cut out a small piece of fabric and make a temperature test to press it.

Too hot an iron can damage the fabric and ruin your project your’re making, too cold an iron won’t press well the seams and it will make it more difficult for you to keep working on that particular sewing project.

Getting The Wrong Size Pattern

If you’re a beginner, I will recommend to you to attend to a sewing class, workshop or ask to a relative or a friend who already are good at sewing for some beginners classes and tips.

As you keep working on your new hobby, you’ll get to know how to measure your own body or to take anyone’s body to make any garment.

When you learn how to work on a sewing pattern, it will make things easier for you to get better results.

Not Taking A Break

As you start sewing, you might get excited to see the results and you won’t stop until you finish your current sewing project.

I’ve been there, it’s great to see how you can transform any piece of fabric into something useful and beautiful and you might not want to stop until you finish it.

Before you notice, you might spend all the time in your sewing room, but I have learned whenever I take a break and then I go back to work on that project, I feel fresh to keep working on it.

Big sewing projects or projects that require more work on them are not to be made in one day!

Take a break from time to time to go for a walk and drink a glass of water, to have a chat with your family or friends and then go back to the sewing room.

Not Taking Sewing Notes

Keep a notebook where you can take some notes about what did work great and what didn’t work at all.

Take some notes about the different projects you made and if you found a way to work better on it or not, by keeping your own notes, you’ll have a notebook to go back to see what type of needle you use to make that project and what tips and hacks you found to work better and faster on it.


Starting on a new hobby like sewing is a great adventure to anyone who loves it, you’ll be amazed by what you can do.

There will be days when nothing seem to work well and you won’t get the results you thought you could make, any beginner on the sewing hobby has been there (me too).

One thing I learned is not to be worry about a sewing project that didn’t turn as I expected it to be, keep at it, as you keep sewing you’ll get better and after sewing for some time, you’ll see the difference.

Everyone can sew and everyone will make some mistakes on the way, and it’s OK to make mistakes, keep at it and it will get better.

If you have a tip or hack that helped you to be a better sewer, share it on a comment, it will help everyone who loves to sew.


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7 thoughts on “9 Sewing Mistakes Beginners Make”

  1. Thanks for sharing Sewing Mistakes Beginners Make

    Everyone can sew and everyone will make some mistakes on the way, and it’s OK to make mistakes, but if you keep working on it, it will get better, reading a good article like the one you share today will help many beginners to do less mistakes and get better results

    Thanks again for sharing some good tips and hacks to have in mind that will help me to do better while sewing. 

    • Thank you Nayem Zaman

      It’s good to know you found this article good and it will help you to do better on your sewing journey. 

  2. It was as if you spoke my mind with this post and I really appreciate it. It really interests me particularly whenever I have an apprentice who has probably not made use of a sewing machine before or is using for the first time. The little mistake you have pointed out here always seem normal to them but they do not know that all these can contribute to making the sewing a futile effort. I often laugh when there is no coordination between pressing of the seam and movement of the down item. Great one

  3. Hi Alex,

    To start with I’m a male. I do not sew.Your post is really puts the new practitioner (not a sewing term) in a place where they should be. Changing needles every 5 hour…well, my mum had a sewing machine with one needle, when it broke she replaced it. I asked my wife when she changed the needle, she said “when it didn’t sew anymore“. Just this point alone  is a good reason for someone to read your post. You have explained perfectly the mindset of a newby when they begin the hobby of sewing. I have really enjoyed this post.

    The heading was “ 9 Mistakes “, and as I read through the post I was looking for a list of the 9 mistakes. Maybe you could have made the 9 points stand out. A numbered list, some dots at the side of each point, would tie in with the heading.

    Your personal knowledge on the subject shows in your writing. Nothing copied from a rest book, all you. This kept me reading. Great. I can see there are many posts coming from this one. Lots of potential to capitalize on all aspects of sewing.

    Thanks for the post.

    • Hi Rob

      Thanks so much for reading my post today and taking the time to leave a comment.

      Many people who love to sew (men and women) do that, including me, not changing the needle as often as it should be done, when you do it, you’ll be noticing the big difference.

      Thank you for pointing about adding the numbers, I’ll work on that.

      I’ve been sewing for so many years, and I’ve made done all these mistakes by myself, sewing as any hobby is a learning curve that anyone can learn, and as any other hobby is great to be able to do something with it almost everyday.

      I love to share what I do and I think it might help to other people who want to start on this great hobby to try.

      Thanks again.


  4. I have enjoy to reading your article.I like to sew new clothes dress .I have a swing machine and Make a beautiful designer dress. But sometimes there are different types of sewing problems Which your  mentions in your article. I’ve been working for many years in sewing machine to solve some problems.Now after seen your article, I still solve some problem.

    You have one thing for me to know ,How to reduce the noise of a sewing machine?

    Thanks to shearing this article.I want You will post of this type article.Go ahead best of luck. 

    • Hi Sathi

      Thanks so much for reading my post today and taking the time to write a comment, sewing is a wonderful thing to do for many reasons, as you mentioned, to make new clothes dresses and many other sewing projects, I’m glad you found some solutions to some problems you had while sewing.

      To fix the problem of a sewing machine making too much noise, I’m afraid there’s no much we can do about that problem, some sewing machines are like that, there are in the market some new computerized sewing machines that don’t make much noise as mechanical machines, I’m afraid if you’re looking to reduce the noise while sewing, the best solution is to buy a sewing machine that is made more quiet.


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