(Closed) I want to learn to sew! How do I do this?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
255 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I am not about to be even a little bit helpful, but I am in exactly the same boat and have been wanting to learn for a while! Glad to know I’m not alone. 🙂

Post # 4
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Don’t have too much advise on books, I just started by finding easy patterns and doing it.  If you purchase your sewing machine at Joanne fabrics they offer you a free class, and it is a nice place to go if you are having problems with the machine.  I would go with a simple machine, I have always bought Singers.  I recently bought a fancier one and hate it.  It messes up stiches and when I took it in they told me I was using it wrong.  I figured out the problems I was having with my older, cheaper machine, and am contently using that one again.  

Post # 5
3624 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Do you have a friend or relative who can teach you? My mom and aunt used to sew up a storm!

Post # 6
2192 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I have been sewing my entire life!  Started out sewing with a needle and thread on paper. My sister even suggested I try out for Project Runway, the first season when we didn’t know what it was, but those guys would blow me away!

I suggest finding a beginning sewing class either at your local community college or check at places like Joann’s fabric as they have sewing classes too.  This is a good resource to learn the basics and not feel frustrated trying to self teach yourself.  

Post # 7
11233 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I highly suggest having a savvy friend or family member teach you, and not getting a pattern and going all out with that. You’ll have to learn how to use a sewing machine first before you should even be looking at patterns.

Post # 8
1448 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Pattern Review is a great site/community that can help you get started.

Post # 9
436 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

First of all, do NOT go out and buy a sewing machine before you know how to sew–it’s a total waste of money, and those things are so expensive! If you just buy one and don’t know how to use it, it’s of no good to you–and sometimes they’re hard to figure out how to thread if you’ve never done it before! Find a friend or relative, or someone who’s great at sewing and ask if they’ll give you lessons. Another option, if you know of absolutely no one who knows how to sew, would be to watch videos on You-Tube or Sewing with Nancy on TV. Books are okay, but visuals are much easier to figure out and you’ll learn more–and quicker!


Good luck! I LOVE sewing! It is such a great time-killer!

Post # 10
8446 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know there are a few stores that sell sewing machines near me that offer free lessons if you purchase your machine from them.  I’d check around and see if some stores in your area offer the same thing.


Post # 11
1827 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

me too!! i’ve been looking for classes for ages…

trying to teach myself will not go well for me!

Post # 12
3357 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I learned how to sew WITHOUT a sewing machine.

Post # 13
264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

Craftsy could be a good resource if you don’t know anybody in person, they have different courses you can do online, including one that is supposed to be good for beginners 

Post # 14
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I learned from my mom and would reccommend finding a friend or family that knows how to and could show you, as PPs have said.  If you can’t find someone I’d look to your local fabric store.  See if they have any classes that you can take before owning your own machine, if not they’d be a good resource to find out if there are any other classes or people who’d like to train in the area.  

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