Post # 1
Fiance brushed off the dust from the sewing machine that’s been in our attic the other week. This weekend while he’s away, he’s off making sure he has all the pieces to make her run. I really want to learn how to use it. You know. To sew things. I like things.
Thing is… I have no idea where to even start.
It takes me forever to fiddle with a plain needle. I’m always trying to bug Fiance to do it for me.
Sewing bees, do you have any recommendations for beginner resources for me? Thanks!!
Post # 3
@atalante: At my local Hancock Fabrics, they keep a bulletin board out front and there are always people listing sewing lessons. It might be faster and more efficient to have a sewing lesson with a live person… pick an easy pattern and see what you can do. Good luck!
Post # 4
Learning to sew is really intimidating, but it’s actually pretty easy. Stick to sewing from patterns at first, they will explain a lot of the basic stuff to you like with to read the pattern, how to lay it out on the fabric, etc. My very first sewing project was a pair of boxer shorts for my dad.
Stay away from hard to sew fabrics at first. No satin, no chiffon, nothing slippery. Stay with cotton, flannel, and fleece because that kind of fabrics won’t slide against itself when you sew it.
Honestly, you might search youtube for tutorials. I just recently taught myself to crochet from youtube videos.
Taking a sewing class is good advice too, if you can find one locally.
Good luck. 🙂
Post # 5
I learned from my mother and still go over for help when I need it. I suggest just getting the cheapest fabric and cheapest “sew easy” patterns. Pajama pants and simple skirts are very easy and a good start. Things like blouses and dress shirts I find to be much more difficult. I also get practice by making halloween costumes and little crafts and stuff. Flannel and cotton are easier to work with, especially when they don’t have a pattern/plaid that needs to line up. The women at Joann’s are usually very nice and will help you decide what patterns and fabrics are good for beginners.
Don’t try to learn from a book, I highly recommend a human.
Also- make sure you know how to use your machine! If you thread it wrong or don’t know it’s little quirks (if it’s old) you’re never going to get one stitch in.
Good luck and happy sewing!
Post # 6
Thanks! I looked and found a listing for a “get to know your sewing machine” class at JoAnn’s. I’m going to try to make one. Fiance said he thought he could show me how to do it, but it might be better to go to someone else too.
Now I just have to convince myself that I’m not going to run my fingers under the needle.
Post # 7
@atalante: haha. I’ve been sewing since I was like 13 and I have never once run my fingers under the needle.
Post # 8
@zippylef: lol, good to know!
Post # 9
Understanding how your sewing machine works (threading it, winding the bobbin, etc) is really half the battle. Once you understand that, almost everything else can be learned from books or various websites.
I also highly recommend sewing classes. I personally took them in college (costuming then fashion design classes) but as others mentioned, most fabric stores offer them.
Also, if you specifically want to learn to make clothing and your local fabric store doesn’t offer the classes you want, contact local seamstresses. You may find one willing to give private lessons.