Top Tips for Learning to Sew

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on June 11, 2023

Welcome to our beginner-friendly sewing guide!
Whether you're eager to unleash your creativity or simply want to learn a new skill, we've got you covered. In this post, we'll share 10 essential tips to help you embark on your sewing journey with confidence. Get ready to thread the needle and dive into the world of sewing!
Here are my top ten tips for learning to sew:

Start with simple projects. Choose patterns that have straight lines and few pieces, such as a pillowcase or tote bag.
Practice good posture and body positioning. Sit at the sewing machine with your feet flat on the ground and your shoulders relaxed.
Use good quality materials. Invest in good quality fabric, thread, and notions. It will make a difference in the final product.
close up of a sewing machine, with white fabric under the needle.

4. Take your time. Rushing while sewing can lead to mistakes. Slow down and focus on each step of the process.Use a fabric pen or chalk to mark your fabric. This is especially helpful when cutting out patterns.

5. Invest in a seam ripper. It's a small tool that helps remove stitches. Trust me, you'll need it at some point.

6. Practice different stitches. Experiment with the different stitch options on your sewing machine to see which ones work best for different projects and fabrics.
Use a press cloth when ironing. A press cloth is a thin piece of fabric that you place over your fabric when ironing. It helps protect the fabric and prevent shine.

close up of two hands feeding fabric through a sewing machine.

7. Don't be afraid to ask for help. If you get stuck on a project, don't be afraid to ask a more experienced seamstress or a friend for help.

Have fun! Sewing is a great hobby and can be very rewarding. Enjoy the process and the finished product. Take a look at our online beginners sewing workshop to help you master the basics and make friends with your machine.