If you’ve recently acquired a sewing machine or have kids begging for homemade Halloween costumes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are three quick tips to get started on your journey toward becoming a sewing master.
- Do Your Due Diligence
Each sewing machine comes with instructions and a manual: Use these important resources. As you practice, take notes to make it easier next time. Have trouble threading that bobbin? Look up your specific machine model and see if you can find a YouTube video on the topic. In cases where the stakes are high, like Navy uniform name tags or homecoming dresses, you’d probably be better off hiring a professional until you feel confident you can get your measuring and sewing perfect.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
You know what they say about measuring twice. It’s also a good idea when you’re a beginner to practice your stitches on pieces of scrap fabric before you go for the real thing. To make sure your machine can get the final product you need, you have to first test the tension, stitch length and width, and pedal of your machine. Once you’ve worked out the kinks and know your machine is correctly calibrated, you can move forward with confidence.
- Have Supplies on Hand
You’ll want to wind a few extra bobbins with commonly used thread or a neutral color like white or black. It will save a lot of hassle to be able to pull out an already wound bobbin when needed. You’ll also want extra straight pins, a pincushion, and a magnet to easily gather dropped pins and needles. Once you’ve got a few projects under your belt, you’ll know more about your work style and which supplies you use the most.
Congratulations on beginning your new life as a sewer! Sewing your own items, whether a tiny coin purse or an entire wedding dress, can be an incredible source of satisfaction and creative expression.