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Top Techniques for Sewing Beginners to learn

Sewing can be a fun skill to learn and also incredibly useful. Being able to sew can be a wonderful benefit to your home and family. Most beginning sewers start out with easy projects such as pillows or curtains and then progress into making simple garments for themselves or other family members. Sewing requires a number of techniques, some of which you might not have thought about. Here are the top ten sewing techniques for beginning sewers to master:

Fabric selection

Choosing a fabric to work with is not as easy as going into a store and picking out the one you like the look and feel of. Some fabrics are far easier to sew with than others. Beginning sewers will want to steer clear of especially stretchy fabrics like knit or spandex. Also, very slippery fabrics like silk and satin are best saved for when you gain more experience. The best fabrics for beginning sewers are sturdy and easy to handle. Cotton blends and denim are great for beginner projects like cushions and skirts. Fleece fabric is especially great for blankets and pajama pants. In addition to the fabric type, you’ll also need to pay attention to whether or not the fabric has a nap (direction). Some patterns (such as horizontal stripes) have to be pieced together in a way that works with the nap. It’s not an impossible skill for a beginning sewer, but you’ll need to be careful.


One more technique to learn before even setting up your sewing machine. Before cutting out a pattern, you’ll need to iron it to make sure you get the fabric cut out as straight and wrinkle-free as possible. You will also want to iron the fabric after it is cut out and before you begin sewing. You need to get the seams as straight as you can. Finally, when the project is finished, you’ll want to iron it one last time to make sure it looks as good as possible. You’ll need to make sure you have a good iron and know how to use it before beginning your first project.

Hand Sewing

You will use a sewing machine for most things as you learn to sew, but just about every project will require some form of hand sewing. Project embellishments such as flowers and buttons will have to be sewn on by hand. Additionally, hems are usually more easily done by hand than on the machine. There are a few different stitches you will want to learn for different kinds of projects.

Reading a pattern

Many people think they can just open up a pattern and start cutting out fabric. This is not the case. Every pattern is a little different. They all tell you exactly how to set up your fabric for cutting. This makes a big difference. Make sure you read through the symbols and shading in the pattern so you know what you are doing. If you don’t, you’ll likely end up with a useless mess.

Putting in a zipper

There are tons of projects that will require you to know how to install a zipper. Dresses, jackets, skirts, and even handbags may all need a zipper in order to work correctly. The pattern you are using will let you know what sort of zipper you’ll need. However, you will need to select the color that matches the project you are creating. A great many projects use a simple white or black zipper.

Making buttonholes

There is a good chance a project is going to have a closure or two. This means learning to craft a button hole. Some people choose to make buttonholes by hand and some can do it on their machine. It really is a matter of preference, but rest assured, button holes are a fact of life for sewers.

Sewing is a very creative task, but there are many techniques that can get a little repetitive. Once you master the ones listed, you can begin enjoying the creative process of sewing. Your kids will be thrilled to have custom made Halloween costumes and your budget will love the money you saved on the custom drapes.