With the development of life and the progress of industries, the sewing machine has taken the place of manual sewing, but nowadays the garment and machine sewing industry has made great progress, and despite that progress, the desire to learn to sew and tailor clothes by hand or by using the sewing machine is still present. Learning to sew is not difficult, and this is through knowing the basics of sewing.
How to learn sewing
In the past, sewing was inherited from generation to generation, as mothers were the main source for learning sewing and its arts, but in the current era, there are many ways that anyone can learn how to sew, and these methods include the following:
Family and friends: It is possible that a family member or friend is good at sewing and is able to give lessons and help teach sewing.
Free online lessons: There are many websites that contain free educational programs and written lessons in addition to YouTube videos and more.
Direct learning: Taking lessons in specialized centers or workshops is very useful. Because it provides the interaction between the teacher and the learner, in addition to the ability to ask questions and obtain sufficient information. Books: Books are a wonderful and rich source of useful information about learning the basics of sewing and how to use and care for the sewing machine, as the books provide enough experience and information to help sewing.
Learn to sew and cutting activities
Sewing is not just a piece of fabric and a set of threads, it is an art that pays attention to cutting activities to make the fabric a beautiful, wearable piece of clothing, and learning to sew and cutting activities depends mainly on learning the basics of sewing. Below is an explanation of the basics of learning to sew:
Learn the basics of dressmaking and tailoring clothes
Before beginning to learn sewing, you must know the tools to sew, choose the appropriate patterns, and take the necessary measurements to sew clothes that fit the body. Choosing a suitable sewing machine, there are two types of sewing machines, each of which has pros and cons that must be known to choose the appropriate machine according to the needs of the user, and it falls under the name: Home machines: they are small in size and can be carried from one place to another, and can also do different types of stitches. Industrial machines: They are characterized by their ability to sew heavy fabric at a high speed, but they occupy a large area in the place. Know the parts of the sewing machine and learn how to operate it and work with it. Take the appropriate measurements, to do the sewing to the fullest. Begin by designing and sewing a simple thing with one piece or by using a pilot cloth, until the basics of sewing are appropriately known.
Choose the two pieces whose edges are to be sewn together, then their edges are fixed along the seam line using small pins. Make sure of the person's sewing machine, in terms of thread stability and use of the appropriate sewing needle. Sew the edges of the fabric fixed together, and each time one edge is fixed to get a complete garment ready at the end, then make sure that all the edges of the piece or any other additions are stitched properly.
Knowing sewing tools and their uses is very important when starting to learn sewing, there are many different tools, some of which are necessary for the sewing process and some of which are secondary and can be dispensed with; Here are some sewing tools:
Scissors: Scissors are an important tool in sewing, and it is good to have large and long scissors to cut fabrics, in addition to a small scissors to cut the ends of threads without damaging the fabrics.
Measuring tape: This tape is important for taking measurements that help to sew clothes that fit body measurements, especially measurements in places with a curve, and there are two types of measuring tape depending on the unit of measurement in cm or inches.
The sewing needle: it has two types, one of them is for manual sewing, and the other is for the sewing machine, where they are distinguished by the location of the eye of the needle (the place of entering the thread). The cloth, and the needle of the sewing machine, the eye is located near the sharp end of the needle so that both (the sharp end and the eye) are located on the same side.
Staples: Staples are based on fixing the fabric until it is sewn, and it also has types depending on the type of fabric to be sewn.
Thimble: Usually used for manual sewing and can also be used while working on a sewing machine, it works to protect the thumb from the sharp end of the needle; As it clings to the finger before starting work, as it sometimes helps to insert the needle into the heavy fabric that is difficult for the needle to penetrate.
Threads: It is one of the basics of sewing, as it has many types, including cotton and polyester.
Ruler: helps to take straight measurements on the fabric or other.
Engraving or design weights: help shape the design as required on fabrics that cannot be fixed like leather, which are fixed shapes that help cut the appropriate shape of the fabric without needing to be installed, and can be set up manually.
Other tools: such as tweezers, various pens, chalk, lint roller, sewing scale, glue, and tracking wheel.