Sewing for Beginners
Learn about tools, sewing machines and beginner classes to help you get started with sewing.
If you're new to sewing it can be overwhelming to know where to begin. There are so many tools and supplies, different sewing machines, a myriad of fabrics and a range of necessary skills to learn depending on what you want to make. It's easy to get discouraged if you don't start on the right path, so compiled below is what you need to get started with sewing.
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Tools & Supplies
Everyone who sews needs at least these tools that are used often when sewing and in classes.
Here are details about each tool and links to buy. As you learn more sewing techniques and take on more complex projects you'll need additional tools and supplies. You can find many of these in the Shop and I'll provide guidance in our sewing lessons.
Pins are used to hold fabrics and pattern pieces in place while cutting and sewing.
Great for holding fabric in place when you don't want to use pins.
Invest in a good pair of scissors and snips for cutting fabrics and quickly trimming threads.
A clear ruler makes it easier to mark and cut fabrics.
Water and air soluble to make marks on most fabrics. Be sure to test and read labels before marking final fabrics.
Avoid damaging tables and rotary cutting tools by using a self-healing cutting mat.
Precise measuring is critical to ensure your project comes out as expected.
Everyone makes mistakes and changes are common so a seam ripper is a tool you'll likely use often.
A quick way to store your pins for easy access.
A longer-lasting tool for making marks that comes in a variety of colors.
A handy tool that helps to sew straight and keep seam allowance consistent.
With the first projects you learn to make ironing isn't usually necessary but it quickly becomes an essential step in the sewing process so I recommend an iron and a space where you can iron while working on your sewing projects.
A steam iron is used to not only remove wrinkles but to also press open seams and ensure fabric lies flat for a better finish.
A small iron is great for travelling or when you're working in a small space.
Using an ironing board provides a flat, firm and versatile surface for handling a wide range of projects that require ironing.
A small ironing board that has a raised area for pressing so you can slide a sleeve over the pressing surface to prevent creases.
Fortunately, the core functions of a sewing machine are the same regardless of how much it costs or if it's modern or vintage, so when you're getting started with sewing just about any sewing machine will do.
Many students want to learn how to sew when they're gifted a sewing machine or one is passed down to them. If you already have a sewing machine I can show you how to use it in our sewing lessons. If you're looking to buy a sewing machine for yourself or your child here are few things to look for and be aware of.
Many digital sewing machines come with a feature known as speed control that maintains the speed of the sewing machine regardless of how hard the foot pedal is pressed. This can be beneficial for beginners, especially kids, who aren't comfortable yet with controling the speed using the foot pedal. If your machine doesn't have speed control, that's ok, you can still learn how to use it since managing speed with the foot pedal is an essential part of sewing.
Number of Stitches
Most projects only need straight or zig-zag stitches. The number of stitches isn't a major factor in choosing a sewing machine unless your goal is to make projects that require a wide variety of decorative stitches.
When buying a sewing machine choose one that's as much as your budget will allow. Below are links to sewing machines in a range of prices that are great for beginners and If you're not ready to invest in a sewing machine, try renting or borrowing a machine.
New to Sewing Classes
For beginners who are completely new to sewing these classes are a great starting point and prepare you to take on more projects. Not sure where to start? See the comparison of classes to get you started with sewing.
Duration: 2 Hours
Duration: 8 Hours
Duration: 9 Hours
Duration: 18 Hours
Duration: 2 Hours
Here is a comparison of the New to Sewing classes to help you find the class that's best for what you're looking for.
|Beginner Basics||Intro to Sewing Course||Beginner Sewing Program||Craft Projects||Sewing Life Skills|
|Duration||2 Hours||8-9 Hours||18 Hours||2 Hours||2 Hours|
|Overview||See what sewing is like, learn the basics of using your sewing machine and a few techniques, or if you want a quick refresher.||Everything in the Beginner Basics class plus you'll learn sewing fundamentals in more detail and techniques that are applicable to clothing and decor projects.||Everything in the Intro to Sewing Course plus you'll establish a much broader foundation of essential sewing skills and experience using your sewing machine.||Choose from a variety of fun projects and learn handsewing techniques for toys, patches, embroidery and more. Take the class more than once to make the other projects.||Learn useful handsewing skills to make common repairs and alterations to your clothes without a sewing machine.|
|Class Details||Kids CourseAdults Course||Class Details||Class Details||Class Details|