Learn How to Sew
Sewing machines are wonderful inventions, they have decreased the
time it takes to sew a skirt or jacket together. Before sewing
machines were invented and clothing was made by hand it took much
longer than a couple of hours to finish a sewing 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.
Sewing Materials Available
Sewing Techniques to Learn
The basic techniques of sewing include the following stitches:
- Straight or curved seams
- Sewing elastic in cuffs and waists of pants or skirts
- The sewing on of 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 sewing templates for this.
Each of these stitches are taught in our Sewing Lessons
- Pre Beginner
Lessons- Learn Hand Sewing
- Pre Beginner Lessons
part 2- Learn to sew on the sewing machine
- Beginning Lessons-
Learn curves, corners and other stitches
- Sewing Lessons-
Sewing elastic, using the iron, working with fabric and starting
to use patterns
- Intermediate Sewing 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, sewing needles for the
machine and sewing pins to hold the fabric together until it is
sewn. See what basic sewing
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.