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Let’s Sew: Sewing Tips For Beginners

by Elizabeth N. Wilson

With extreme excitement about being steps away from sewing your first garment, this text guides you on how to make sewing easy, especially if you are a beginner. It is adventurous to try new things, and what’s even better is perfecting these skills.

Sewing is a very creative and enjoyable hobby that can become a means of earning. The art has developed and upgraded over time, so you should understand the basics, the tools, and parts of the machine to be an accomplished sewist.

What is fashion without sewing? New trends, stitches, and sewing machine models pop up on the market. Let’s face it; we all need a little help when we set out to try something new.

Sewing 101

This is one of the most ancient arts and the sewing machine, a great tool. This treasure is used both commercially and for recreation. Go through the list of tips and techniques and see how your skill improves.

1. Gather All Essentials

What is a good sewist minus their tools? What most beginners assume is that it is all about the pins and the fabric. However, there is a lot more equipment used to sew the desired cloth. They comprise of:

  • The obvious, a sewing machine
  • Seam ripper
  • Fabric scissors
  • Pins and a pin cushion
  • Thread scissors
  • Steam iron
  • Measuring tapes
  • Chalk or marking pen
  • Different color threads
  • Rotary cutter
  • Tracing wheel
  • Self-healing mat for cutting fabric
  • Rulers

Nothing can be accomplished without the right essentials.

2. Needle Threading Hack

How distressing is it when you can’t thread a needle? It even makes you consider getting glasses. To make this process easier, use a hairspray. Spray on the tip of the thread and focus it on the needle hole.

3. Practice! Practice! Practice!

Before any project, do some tests-sewing on your machine, fabric, and thread. This step makes you familiar with what you are about to work with. Therefore, you will know how to handle your material and how to tweak it. Successively, use a piece of scrap fabric to practice on difficult areas until you get it right. This way, you keep perfecting new systems and procedures.

4. Keep an Organized Workplace

If it is easy to locate anything you need, then the experience is fun and productive. Dangling a pegboard aids in placing the supplies you use often. Keep the tools you need closer for ease of reach. Otherwise, the supplies you do not use a lot can be kept in a cabinet.

5. Lock All Your Stitches

Even though this looks like an obvious tip, most beginners tend to forget. Locking a stitch means reverse sewing at the beginning and end of a stitch. As a result, they are bound and hold their place. Remember, only reverse sew half an inch of the thread.

Additionally, it is essential to use your less dominant hand to trap your thread. After sewing for a couple of minutes, release your grip.

6. Measure Twice Before Cutting

It is an old saying to ‘Measure twice, cut once,’ but so is old is gold. Regardless of your expertise and know-how, always measure the fabric two times. This is the best way to go through the measurements and make any changes before it is too late. You need the additional time to double-check your seam allowance. Hold two pencils with a rubber band such that the graphite tips both touch the material. The first line traces the line, whereas the second outlines the seam allowance.

7. Zippers and Buttons

The two are some of the most troublesome projects when sewing.

  • Buttons- using a chalk or fabric marker, spot the area you want to place the button. The potential placement of the button on the fabric is made more accessible when the mark is on the garment.
  • Zippers- iron the seam allowance, wrong side till flat. Make a temporary stitch to pin the zipper then machine baste.

8. Do Not Forget to Clean Your Sewing Machine

For effective performance, you ought to have a well-maintained machine. What does this involve? Lubricate all moving parts, dust off any surfaces, and wipe in between the tension disks. It would be such a shame to have mastered all the techniques, but have a faulty machine ruin your work.

Learn these tricks and have yourself sewing like a pro!

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