Top 7 Things to Remember When You Start Sewing

You're a beginner and you're getting ready to start sewing; the best thing that can happen is success, but there are a lot of things to remember. These ten pointers will help you be prepared to sew so that you are successful and happy with your sewing results.

  • 01 of 07

    Start Simple

    Simple Potholder
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Don't choose a tailored, lined jacket for your first sewing project! Even if you can't use the item, start with simple things that you can give away as gifts or use your self!

  • 02 of 07

    Your Work Area

    Christiane Totty's Sewing Area
    Christiane Totty

    Your work area may be the kitchen table, but make sure little hands are safely away from all sharp tools and possible choking hazards. Safety gates are a wonderful thing! Very few people start sewing with a dedicated sewing room. Sewing rooms tend to be a dream that takes time to achieve for almost everyone!

  • 03 of 07

    Gather Your Tools!

    Create A Sewing Kit
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    You don't need a lot to get started, but having the tools you do need within reach will allow you to keep sewing and concentrate on what you are doing. Having a basic sewing kit is a great way to get started.

  • 04 of 07

    Master Your Machine

    Sewing Machine Presser Feet
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    Use scraps of fabric or rags to practice sewing straight lines and playing with the adjustments on your sewing machine. Learning on scraps will save you hours of mastering how to use a seam ripper! Learn about needle position ​before you start a project so that you can focus on one thing at a time.

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  • 05 of 07

    Take the Time to Press!

    Pressing Tools for Sewing
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    Always press as you go. Press seams as they are sewn and then open or to one side. Press each step of your sewing processes so everything is pressed in place as you continue sewing. Keeping things pressed, flat, and smooth will give you accurate results which leads to better fitting and a pleasing outcome

  • 06 of 07

    Hand Sewing

    knot hand sewing thread
    Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Even if you are going to use a sewing machine, there are times you will need to hand sew. Learn various hand stitches to be ready for task as they present them self

  • 07 of 07

    Saving Money Sewing

    No one wants to break the bank when they start a new hobby. Walking into a fabric store can be a very intimidating experience if you don't know the tricks of the trade.

    Learn about fabric types and browse fabric suppliers online to learn what a going price is so you know what to look for locally. Find out about mailing lists and fliers. Stores that regularly offer discounts and coupons, counting on you to use those discounts. Rarely does anyone pay the price you see when you walk in the store.