5 Steps to Start Sewing

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When I began on this journey of a simpler, more self-sufficient living, sewing was not a skill I had any interest in learning.I’ve always been one of those people to battle the machine and tangle up the bobbin (which still happens on occasion).

But as I found myself learning more homesteading skills, I couldn’t ignore the need for some simple sewing skills.

So I started the search for a sewing machine and found myself a $15 steal with a severed cord at the local thrift store. My husband helped me with the cord repair and then I was on my own…

So how does a beginner start sewing? These 5 steps are what helped me the most:

  1. Read the User’s Manual– The manual not only tells you how to use your machine. Everything is accompanied with fairly decent graphics and many of the settings are explained in depth so you know when and how to use them. If your machine didn’t come with a user’s manual, Google your machines make and model and download one. That is how I found a PDF version for my machine.
  2. Check out YouTube– I have learned many new skills from YouTube. There are excellent tutorials for sewing, some of which get down to the nitty-gritty of specific machines.
  3. Practice on Scraps– I know this sounds obvious, but a new machine can instigate impulsive sewing. Don’t set yourself up for failure by starting a project before you know how to use your machine. I filled a few bobbins and stitched a few swatches of fabric before beginning my first project.
  4. Choose a Meaningless First Project– Choose a first project that doesn’t mean much to you. That way if it doesn’t work out, you can tear it apart and try to fix some of your mistakes.
  5. Browse Sewing Projects on Pinterest– It’s okay if you’re laughing at me, but Pinterest offers great links to tutorials and provides some wonderful motivation. Seeing the success of other people can encourage you to shoot for the same. Check out my finds!

Do you sew? What advice do you have for those of us that are just getting started?

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2 Responses to 5 Steps to Start Sewing

  1. juxnz says:

    Clean and oil your machine regularly – just like your car, it runs more smoothly and there’s less chance it will break down. I clean my machine when I finish a project, and oil it 3-4 times a year. (Use it a lot, though).
    Also, change the needle with each new project, but keep the old needles to use on repairs, toiles, etc. Tip: in a pinch, file a burred needle gently with an emery board.

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