Life is much better when you learn how to slow down.
In his book In Praise of Slowness, Carl Honoré explains why it is important to slow down in our world that is always going too fast.
Sewing is a great way to slow down and take some time for yourself. Because you do not learn how to sew in one night, it takes time, patience, precision.
But the results are worth the detour!
Wanting to learn to sew then? What steps should you take?
Follow this helpful guide!
When you begin to learn sewing, it is safe to say that it is difficult. Especially if you have friends who are experts and have made beautiful pieces.
Sewing is not rocket science, it’s all about taking it step by step.
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If you are not sure if sewing is for you, do not worry you can always sell your machine but do not skimp on the quality. A good sewing machine costs at least £150. Anything below this, it will not last the test of time. Or worse, it might not even sew properly.
Opt for a manual machine at first, just to be sure you know what you are doing. No need for a serger in the early stages. Be content with a simple sewing machine.
And learn how to use it! It may seem obvious but once you’re alone in front of your machine, it can be a little intimidating. Read instructions carefully and feel free to ask for tips in store or from friends and family.
After the sewing machine, you should invest in a sewing box and fill it with good-quality products:
The sewing machine takes up only 20% of your total sewing time. But what is the other 80%? It’s preparing your work:
Tip: For a beginner, these steps may seem tedious. Make it easy for yourself with patterns with sewing margins included.
Choose easy patterns at the beginning. You’ll find them in a sewing magazines like Simply Sewing. The instructions provided are well detailed and you can easily learn to draw, stitch, embroider and overlock.
I know, you’d like to jump right into pretty frilly dresses or gathered tops but in order to avoid getting discouraged, it’s better to start with cushion covers, bibs, scarves or sew a simple bag, pocket or make an easy dress.
Becoming a seamstress (or a fashion designer) who can have creative ideas and turn them into a reality takes a long time but knowing how to sew can be learned in a matter of weeks depending on your motivation and the time you can devote to it.
Why not teach yourself to sew by watching The Great British Sewing Bee? Source: Sew What’s New?
When you learn something new, you normally have to repeat it several times to really get the hang of it, a bit like when you learn a language. By repeating vocabulary over and over and revising it every day, it is quickly learnt. It’s the same thing for sewing. And before anything else, you have to know how to sew by hand.
To do so is fairly simple: all you have to do is practice! More precisely, practice stitching. Running stitch, tacking stitch, straight stitch or back stitch, you take your piece of fabric, draw lines, then off you go with your thread, needle and thimble!
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For each new project, try to learn a new sewing technique. In order to learn quickly, nothing is better than setting out a list of objectives to be reached in a notebook to clearly chart your progress and how you get there.
There is no shortcut, just keep practicing starting with simple pieces. It is more satisfying to successfully complete an easy sewing job than to attempt a more complicated one and fail, get frustrated and unmotivated.
Above all, be curious! Be willing to try something new every day and learn from your mistakes. It’s quite normal to make mistakes here and there. It’s all about getting over your frustration and learning from them instead of giving up after the first stumble.
Of course, if you want to invest some money into your learning, the fastest way to improve your sewing skills is to take sewing classes with a teacher.
On Superprof, there are currently 67 teachers offering sewing lessons online or locally. The classes costs between £15 and £50 depending on your level, the teacher’s experience and your location.
You can even take online sewing classes.
The most popular way to sew is still the sewing machine. It’s not really the seamstress who sews, they are just there to guide the machine. The sewing machine must therefore become an extension of the seamstress’s hands.
Using a sewing machine requires a mini workout. Source: Visual hunt
For a beginner, finding the right sewing machine can be overwhelming. It is important to buy a sewing machine that will last. You should focus on two criteria: weight and price. And to help you, here are the essential functions that the machine must have:
Spend around £200 for a good sewing machine that will last the test of time (the entry level feature major brands like Janome).
If you buy a used sewing machine and it lacks some accessories, don’t worry, you can easily get them for a low price:
Well, now that you know a little about the makeup of a sewing machine and the essential features, it’s time to learn how to sew.
Simply Sewing offers fun tutorials to learn how to sew the various possible stitches using a machine:
If the instructions, tutorials on the internet and advice from the seller is not enough, it is time to sign up to a sewing course to learn how to use your machine.
Because it is not necessarily obvious how to use a sewing machine right away, opt for a course shouldn’t break the bank.
And psssstttt, on Superprof, the first class is usually free!
Easy sewing is the best way to progress gradually. You don’t start running when you can barely walk. And starting off simply, doesn’t have to be boring!
After a little practice, you’ll be ready to open your own cushion shop! Source: Visual hunt
Why not redecorate your entire house with trendy cushions and be able to say to your friends and family, “I made that!”
A good way to practice using different fabrics of different thicknesses and varying colours and patterns is to sew full pockets.
A pocket for each outfit? Why on earth not!
And once you understand the main principles, nothing can stop you from going even bigger.
Who said that when you start sewing, you only stitch useless things?
Want a new dress that’s easy to sew? Visit the website Merrick’s art.
Choose your fabric at your local haberdashery, cut the right dimensions and sew your new trendy dress with ease!