Sewing may look like an intimidating hobby but once you’ve mastered the basic sewing skills you’re off to a great start! Read on to find out more about these skills!
Master And Revisit These Basic Sewing Skills!
When I first started in the basic sewing skills under the tutelage of my mother, I stuck mostly to beginner sewing patterns and assisting her with more complicated ones. She always reminded me to take things one step at a time, and to learn as I go. And soon, as time passed, I started making more complicated and intricate projects. My first “grown-up” project was a present for my little sister! It wasn’t as polished as the ones I’m capable of making now, but it was a step in the right direction.
And to nudge you to the same direction, here is a list of basic sewing skills to get you started!
You know the saying, “walk before you run”? Well, I say try to learn the terminology before jumping in. Yes, they can be learned on the job, but wouldn’t it be inconvenient to have a dictionary by your side while completing a project? If you really want to improve your skills, an online class might be worth considering as well!
Sewing projects can take hours – even days! And they can create such a mess for a sewing beginner. It’s best to have a spot in your house where you can enjoy your hobby safely and in peace.
Sewing machines come in different sizes with different specifications, catering to different needs of different sewers. You have to know which one suits you best! After all, this will be your constant companion in your sewing journey.
Getting poked by a sewing needle seems like a rite of passage for all sewers. I’ve accidentally hurt myself countless times while replacing my sewing machine’s needle! To avoid this, it’s best to learn how to insert and remove those needles properly.
Your sewing machine tension determines how your stitches will come out. An incorrect sewing machine tension could cause your stitches to be too slack or too tight! We wouldn’t want that, would we?
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Like sewing machines, needles have different types for different needlework. You can’t just pick up a regular point needle and use it for quilting – it would break! And broken needles are never fun to look for under haystacks of fabric scraps! Here’s a good pack of needles to grab.
Some combinations work better than others, and some combinations can only work with each other. This is the case with choosing the right thread for different types of fabrics! It’s best to learn them before realizing that you’ve wasted a whole day on a silk project, using a cotton thread!
10. Hand sewing
Before I had my first sewing machine, every project I did was done by hand sewing. It was hard and it required more attention to detail. And yes, it can be quite frustrating, but it’s a basic skill that every sewer should master!
Hand sewing can be quite intimidating with its difficulty. However, there are trips and tricks to make it easier and more convenient! Like spraying your thread with hairspray to stiffen it!
There are two different types of basic stitches; hand sewn stitches and sewing machine stitches. Under them are numerous types of basic stitches, from running stitch to blanket stitch, all of which will help you start your first projects!
Straight stitches are done using a sewing machine. It’s one of the basic stitches and one of the easiest too! But, don’t be fooled by its difficulty level, it’s also one of the most versatile stitches out there!
Another type of stitch done using a sewing machine, zigzag stitches are mostly used for decorative purposes. However, they’re also very sturdy in holding fabric together. Want to make sure that your seam doesn’t come undone? Use this stitch with the help of Zigzag Stitches Foot!
15. Gathering fabric
Gathering is a technique I’ve been in love with ever since my first ruffled skirt project. It’s also a technique much easier done by hand, but learning to do it by sewing machine is another basic skill to master!
16. Sewing a zipper
Zippers are an integral part of many types of clothing and accessories; from dresses to pants and even bags, so it’s impossible to bypass learning how to sew it. Sewing it properly is important too! Nobody wants a mishap happening with their zippers, right?
17. Sewing a button
Like zippers, any sewer worth their salt has to master the art of sewing a button. Buttons are everywhere; it’s on our pants, dresses, and tops! Make sewing buttons fun by using funky, complimentary threads!
The name may sound intimidating, but really, all it means is tucking in your frayed and raw ends of fabric and sewing it shut. It gives the project a polished and classic look!
Mitered corners are like flat piping, just flatter and wider. They are perfect for square or rectangular projects, to make them look more expensive and high-end. Try this on your next table runner project!
Scalloped edges are simply adorable! My daughter loves the scallop-edged skirt I made her last Christmas. Scallop edges are perfect to add a feminine touch to any project that you have.
Even now, I still sometimes refer to patterns to follow while sewing my projects. They’re convenient and perfect for beginners who want to try new projects! Just follow the instructions closely, and soon, you’ll be creating your own patterns!
Personally speaking, embroidery is one of the hardest types of needlework there is. Its stitches used to intimidate me but as I learned, sewing and embroidery stitches have a lot in common! Practice and patience are the keys to success in embroidery.
Similar to the blanket stitch used in sewing, the blanket embroidery stitch is done at the edge of the fabric. It gives the fabric a polished look by framing it with the thread color of your choice.
Cross stitching may be considered by some as a sort-of “sub-group” of sewing. It can be, but its basic stitch can also be used in embroidery or even traditional sewing. It’s best to learn this, just in case you come up with an idea that would require it!
If you’re more interested in knitting than embroidery, learning the purl stitch is a must for you! It is one of the most used stitches in knitting. Partly because it can be learned easily and partly because it just looks so good when done!
Looking for more tips on how to start knitting? Check out this video from Hobby Lobby!
Now that you’re armed with basic sewing skills, it’s time to find your sewing corner and practice! After all, practice makes perfect! And to those who have been sewing for a long time, I hope this refreshed your memory on the basics of our hobby!
Which basic sewing skill helped you a lot? Which one gave you the hardest time? Tell me in the comments below!
Ready to test out your newly acquired skills? Check out these 25 Easy Sewing Projects Every Beginner Will Find Inspiring!
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