Learning to sew is an enjoyable and useful hobby; you are able to create wonderful things for your friends and families, make pieces for your home, and unleash your creative side.
First of all, you will need to purchase a basic sewing machine. You won't need the fanciest or most expensive to start off with, so check the reviews on the sewing makes me happy blog to find the best choice for you.
Get a pack of different threads and cottons, with all the basic colours you think you may need. Go for the better quality threads, as the cheaper ones will snap and break which can be very frustrating!
The material you choose to work with will have a big impact on how easy or difficult the project will be. The most important trick you will learn when discovering the art of sewing machines, is to control the fabric as it is fed through. So, starting off with a mid-weight, non -stretch material, such as cotton, will make it a lot easier for you.
A rotary cutter or sharp fabric scissors are also essential, for cutting straight and neat edges and to minimise fraying.
Once you have all your tools and equipment, it's time to start learning the basic techniques. Start off with threading your sewing machine, and setting it up correctly. Make sure you have pulled enough thread through so that the initial stitches don't pull it back in, and position the foot pedal so that it is comfortable to use. Use scrap materials to practice the different stitch settings, and keep going until you get the hang of using the foot pedal confidently.
Once you've got the hang of your machine, you'll want to start making things! Start off with a tutorial for a basic construction to ease yourself in. Look for straight lines, with few separate pieces, and avoid pleating and gathering until you've become a bit more experienced. Make sure you are using the correct materials for the project and try to stick with different pattered cotton and linen.
Although it may be tempting to create clothes and items for other people, wait until you have a bit more knowledge before you start showcasing your items. Creating clothes for yourself will mean you can tailor fit them to your own measurements. Getting items to fit perfectly is a difficult task, so try it out on yourself first.
And finally, practice practice practice! There are so many tutorials and patterns online, covering a variety of subjects and experience levels. Try as many out of possible; and when you have covered the basics, start experimenting with more difficult techniques. Most patterns are easily adaptable, so unleash your creative side by making your own alterations and additions. Before you know it, you'll be a sewing whizz and creating your own fab dresses and curtains with ease!
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