Want to try your hand at sewing, but don't know how? Where to start?
Check out my 10 tips that will hopefully give you a clearer picture to get started.
10 Tips for Getting Started in Sewing
Tip 1: The material
To start you must of course have the basic equipment.
On the other hand, buy only the bare essentials in the beginning or better yet if possible borrow the equipment.
If you’re sewing just to try and you don’t know if you’ll like it yet, trying to borrow as much material as possible from those around you is a good solution while you discover and get a feel for it. Once you are sure that you like it and that you are going to do it regularly, you can invest in the equipment.
Tip 2: The work plan
You should try as much as possible to have a large enough work surface.
Indeed, space is needed for:
- spread the fabric when transferring/drawing and cutting the pieces
- assemble the parts
- install the sewing machine during the sewing phase
- put your various sewing items so that they are within easy reach
Tip 3: A simple project
To get started, choose a simple project.
If you start right away with a complicated project, you risk:
- not to succeed the first time
- to discourage you,
- to completely stop sewing
- and that would be a real shame.
By starting simple and increasing the difficulty gradually, you are more likely to be proud of your work, and always be more motivated to continue.
To define "simple", it can be an achievement where there are not many pieces, or with rather straight stitching, ... It's up to you to see what seems affordable to you.
Tip 4: Scraps of fabric
I advise you to keep the scraps of fabric.
This will allow you to experiment, to practice new techniques, ...
Indeed when you do not know how to do this or that during your realization, you will be able to take back scraps of fabrics that you have kept to make tests, to make your hand.
Once you get your hands on the falls, you can resume your achievement more calmly.
Tip 5: Organization
Try to organize and store your sewing supplies because if you're not careful it will quickly become rubbish!
The point is, you tend to get sprawled out quickly when you sew.
Provide storage for your equipment and supplies.
Tip 6: The choice of fabric
There are fabrics that are easier to sew than others.
Start with easy-to-sew fabrics like cotton or linen.
Avoid stretch fabrics, they are more difficult to sew.
Tip 7: Prepare the fabric
Before using fabric, it must be "prepared".
First, if possible, wash your fabric.
Check the cleaning conditions on the instructions supplied with the fabric.
Some fabrics shrink in the first wash. In addition, fabrics are coated with a primer which generally makes them more rigid in presentation, washing removes this primer.
Check the ironing conditions on the instructions supplied with the fabric.
If the fabric allows, iron your fabric to remove any creases.
If possible, choose to run the iron on the reverse side of the fabric instead.
Tip 8: Vocabulary
You need to familiarize yourself with the vocabulary of sewing, otherwise, you may feel lost when you read pattern instructions for example.
Do not hesitate to consult the lexicon made available to you here.
Tip 9: Get started with the sewing machine
Before starting your first production, you will need to read the instructions supplied with your sewing machine and do exercises to get to grips with your machine.
Reading the instructions for your machine will allow you to learn:
how to connect it,
how to operate it (forward, reverse, the various buttons, etc.),
the type (s) of the needle to use for your project,
the foot (s) to use for your project,
how to put on your machine,
how to adjust the thread tension
the different possible points on your machine
Tip 10: Patience
Sewing requires precision and therefore patience.
You have to know how to take your time: if you are in too much of a hurry, you risk forgetting the stages in the production, or sewing badly because it is too fast, especially at the beginning when you discover the use of the sewing machine!
So take your time ...
Please feel free to tell me in the comments which tips you find most useful.