Learn How to Sew

learn how to sew

Sewing machines are wonderful inventions, they have decreased the time it takes to sew a skirt or jacket together. Before machines were invented and clothing was made by hand it took much longer than a couple of hours to finish a project. The benefits of knowing how to sew clothing and quilts are numerous, beginning with making your own clothes. By making your own clothes, you will save money by making and wearing things you enjoy and have created.

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Techniques to Learn

The basic techniques include the following stitches:
  • Straight or curved seams
  • Backstitching
  • Elastic in cuffs and waists of pants or skirts
  • Sewing buttons.
  • The easiest stitch is to learn how to sew are the straight stitch and then the reverse stitch.
  • Curved stitches are harder, but one trick is to practice on circles drawn on paper, without thread in the machine. That way, you save money on thread and still get practice in moving the paper under the machine and coordinating your hand and foot movements. See our practice templates for this.

Each of these stitches are taught in our Lessons
  1. Pre Beginner Lessons- Learn stitching by hand
  2. Pre Beginner Lessons  part 2- Learn to sew on the sewing machine
  3. Beginning Lessons-  Learn curves, corners and other stitches
  4. Sewing Lessons-  Sewing elastic, using the iron, working with fabric and starting to use patterns
  5. Intermediate Lessons

Steps to Learn How to Sew

The first step is to get the equipment needed to sew. This consists of a sewing machine, thread, scissors, needles for the machine and pins to hold the fabric together until it is sewn. See what basic supplies you'll need.


Sewing machines all are basically the same, they move a needle up and down the fabric, interlocking the bottom thread from the bobbin to the upper thread that goes through the needle. This interlocking system of thread makes a stitch, which is what holds two pieces of fabric together. Here is what to look for in a sewing machine.

Next, unpack your machine and look at it to make sure all the pieces are together. Take out the manual and get a feel for the machine.
The next steps involve the fabric and patterns. Practice on a scrap piece of material because it is better if you make a mistake on it rather than a seam of a dress or pants and must redo the sewing. If that happens, it is alright, everyone has had to rip out a seam at one time or other.

The basic sewing stitches allow you to sew your own pajama pants, pillows, pillow cases, curtains and many other numerous projects. The thrill of going to a fabric store and finding the perfect fabric that you fall in love with and making something for yourself or as gifts for others in your life is something that will give you great joy as well as become a great hobby.

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