As a beginner, learning the essential sewing techniques you’ll need for the craft is important and time-saving. Save yourself the trouble of trial and error and learn more about the 10 sewing techniques all sewers should know!
10 Sewing Techniques All Sewers Should Master
Sewing, as a craft, builds on some foundational knowledge. There are the basic stitches and techniques one has to learn in order to make more complicated sewing projects. Master these essential techniques and for sure, you’ll be making quilts, embroideries, and even trousers from scratch and in no time!
Before you can make a stitch, you’d have to setup your sewing machine. Learn how to properly thread your sewing machine in this tutorial!
Not all fabrics are created equal. Granted it takes experience to get acquainted to the different types and makes of fabrics, but nobody said we can’t make it easier for you. This article breaks it down to simple and easy bits of information for you! To learn more about scissors and when to use what kind, read this article from Craft Critique.
Learn the basic stitches, their differences to one another, and when to use them! This very helpful article will guide you to the different kinds of stitches you’ll need and use as you make sewing projects. Supplement your knowledge with this infographic from Take Lessons.
Lots of sewing projects will need you to sew zippers. Learn how to sew zippers – both hidden and not – in this tutorial!
Darts and pleats are essential sewing techniques used in shaping garments such as blouses and skirts, like this one from DD-Shop. This step-by-step guide will help you master sewing darts in a few easy steps!
There are many ways to gather fabric but the end-result is usually the same: a pretty ruffling that provides aesthetic focal points in garments. You may see them in skirts, blouses, and even curtains! Learn how to gather fabric, like this ruffle strip from Leafy Treetop, the easy way with this tutorial.
7. Making Buttonholes
Sewing buttons on garments is one thing, but creating the buttonholes for them, you’ll find, is yet another. Learn how to properly place buttonholes from this article from Tilly and the Buttons.
Zigzag stitches, like these from MakeIt-LoveIt are used in projects that will carry or resist weight. These stitches are really sturdy and very functional. Learn how to do this stitch by following this step-by-step guide.
9. Cutting and Transferring a Pattern
One of the essential techniques a sewer should know is how to transfer a pattern. Lots of sewing projects begin in the proper reading of a pattern. A lot of frustration and waste can also be avoided if you cut and transfer patterns correctly. Learn more about cutting and transferring patterns from this article by Craftsy.
The straight stitch is one of the most fundamental sewing techniques you have to learn to master the craft. Learn how to sew a beautiful and proper straight stitch with this step-by-step guide.
Learn more about the salient sewing techniques you’ll use and need as you go along the craft by watching this video by ANGELA KANE Sewing TV :
Sewing is a craft that builds on previously learned skills. With these essential sewing techniques, you’ll be sewing big and complicated projects in no time!
Want to learn more tips and tricks essential to sewing? Check out the 15 Clever Sewing Hacks and Tricks That Will Change Your Life! Do you know of other essential sewing techniques? Let us know in the comments below!
Editor’s Note – This article was originally published on September 14, 2016 and has since been updated for quality and relevancy.