If you’re a beginner sewer, there are a few things you should know first. This guide aims to give you some great ideas and tips for your future projects. Practise makes perfect, so use them and see what you can do.
Go Supply Shopping
Go supply shopping if you haven’t already. There are a number of things you’ll need depending on what you want to make. Here’s a list that could help you:
- Three pairs of scissors. One for fabric, one for paper, and one for, threads and seam lines.
- A seam ripper.
- Measuring tools.
- Marking tools.
- Painters tape.
- Needles and thread.
- A sewing machine.
Understand Your Sewing Machine
When you have everything you need, it’s time to find your way around your sewing machine. You must understand your sewing machine before you even think about starting a project. You can find all kinds of tutorials and reviews online to help you if you need them, on all kinds of machines including the Brother se400. Make sure you have the right machine for your needs and that you practise with it before starting a project. It shouldn’t take you that long, and there should be a ton of resources to help you online.
Learn The Basics
When you’re confident with your machine, you can learn the basics. Don’t try to run before you can walk. It’s a good idea to learn how to do a perfect zigzag stitch, as well as sew a straight line. These two skills are used in many different projects and it’ll do you good to master them first. Although it’s a good idea to read plenty of books and watch videos, don’t be afraid to make up your own techniques either. Trust your instincts. You can always try it one way and re-do it if it doesn’t work. You might just come up with your own techniques that work better than the ones you’re reading about.
Understanding Which Fabric To Use
Choosing which fabric to use can boil down to many different factors. Sometimes, it’s best to use the type of fabric that the pattern you’re using calls for, as the designers will often know best. However, it can also depend on your skill level, and how you like the feel of a fabric against your skin. Consider the print, and make sure you read the care instructions first. Then you’ll know which fabric is best for you.
There are a few projects that are pretty easy to take on whatever your skill level may be. Here are a few ideas you might like:
Sewing a tote bag is probably one of the easiest things you can do as a beginner. This is usually a simple case of cutting equal rectangles, hemming them, and then sewing them together with a machine after deciding where your handles will go. You then create and sew your handles, as well as decorate the bag. It couldn’t be easier!
There are a number of different ways you can sew a baby blanket. It could be a simple case of gathering fabrics you like and sewing them together. You could even use fabrics that are special, such as your baby’s first outfits. It’s up to you as to whether you want to make it double sided or not.
When many people first start sewing they decide to make a cushion cover. This is another super simple thing to make that you can show off in your home afterwards. This is a case of choosing a nice fabric and the back stitching it so you have a fold in the back for the cushion to go in. It’s a lot easier than it sounds and you can show off your creation afterwards.
Maybe you could even sew your own pajama bottoms when you have a little more confidence. Pajama bottoms, or lounge pants, are really simple. This is something you can try when you feel a little more confident with patterns and the like. However, it’s a great item to practise with. Using linen material can be a great way to start out before you start using materials that are a little harder to work with.
Hopefully these beginner sewing projects and tips have inspired you to get started on your sewing journey right away. It can be so much fun and you’ll love developing your new skill. If you have anything you’d like to share, don’t hesitate to leave a comment. Come back soon!
Thank you to Family Fun Magazine for these craft ideas!