Learning these essential sewing techniques will advance your know-how in fabric crafts and DIY garments. Master these essential techniques and for sure, you’ll be making quilts, embroideries, and even your own outfits from scratch and in no time!
Essential Sewing Techniques from the Basics to the Advanced
1. Threading Your Sewing Machine
Before you can make a stitch, you’d have to set up your sewing machine. Learn how to properly thread your sewing machine in this tutorial!
2. How To Sew Scalloped Edges
Learning this sewing technique will add a new thrill to your sewing projects like pillowcases and aprons. Learn how to sew scalloped edges and make cute application for the hems of your tops and dresses.
3. How to Add Zippers to Pants Leg Opening
You can either use this sewing technique for practical application or for your fashion statement. From tops to trousers, learning how to add zippers is a special sewing skill and technique you can have a good use for.
4. Cutting Fabrics
It takes the experience to get acquainted with different types and makes of fabrics, but we can make it easier for you. You will want to get a hold of these tips and tricks on how to cut fabric!
5. Sewing Technique for Stretchy Knit Fabric
Stretchy fabrics like knit can be tough to wrestle with when sewing. There is a special technique when working with this kind of fabric and these tips can make your sewing life easier.
6. Choosing the Right Sewing Thread
Picking threads for your sewing project don't end with matching colors. It is also a technique requiring careful consideration of the fabric. Here are some tips for you to help pick the right thread for your project.
7. Basic Stitches
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. Supplement your knowledge with this infographic from Take Lessons.
8. How to Sew Mitered Corners
For sewing beginners, corners are simply folded then sew to finish it off. This advanced sewing technique will determine your know-how in sewing. Learn how to sew mitered corners to give you a clean and pro finish.
9. How to Alter Big Clothes
We all have clothes we love but stays in the closet since they are too big for your size. A sewing buff will simply repair to take care of it. Alter your big clothes with this sewing technique.
10. How to Sew Like a Pro
Find out the secret sewing techniques of sewing experts and be a pro yourself. Pretty soon you'll be making garments and outfits for yourself and for your family.
11. Attaching Zippers
Zippers can easily break and it's a shame to throw an outfit or accessories when only the zippers are not working. Learn how to sew zippers – both hidden and not – in this tutorial!
12. How to Sew Lining Into a Dress
A dress with lining looks more sophisticated and expensive. Add an extra oomph to your DIY dress with a lining to give it form and support.
13. How to Sew Elastic Casing
This sewing technique is timely with off shoulders and tube tops still trendy. An elastic casing helps hold the top up and this tutorial will show you how to sew an elastic casing.
14. Sewing Darts and Pleats
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!
15. How to Apply Bias Binding on Armholes
Like a dress lining, bias binding also adds form and support to a garment. For a sewer who like to sew their own clothes, this bias binding tutorial is a must-learn.
16. How to Sew Invisible Zipper
Sewing an invisible zipper will seem tricky at first. It looks intricate after all. The secret is to lay out your fabric and zipper flat and with the help of pins. Follow this step-by-step tutorial to try it out for yourself.
17. Gathering Fabric
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.
18. How to Sew French Seams Correctly
French seams don't only give you a clean finish. It also adds extra support to your garments which is why it is ideal for sheer and light fabrics. Get the sewing technique here and you will want to try them out on your sewing projects.
19. Gusset Sewing Tutorial
Whether it's a top, a pair of pants, or skirt that is too tight, they are no match to a gusset. This sewing technique is handy for adjusting the size of any garment so you won't have to buy each time.
20. Petersham ‘Peek' Seam
A Petersham “peek” is one of the couture sewing techniques. It's a technique where you add a Petersham ribbon as an embellishment or as a decorative seam. Find out more about the Petersham “peek” seam here.
21. DIY Trousers Alteration
Whether your pants are too big or too small for you, it isn't a problem if you know how to sew. Find out about this sewing technique to alter your pair of trousers.
22. How to Sew Slippery Fabric
Like the stretchy knit fabric, slippery fabrics like silk can also be tricky to work with. But a true-blue sewer will only see it as a challenge. Be a true-blue sewer and learn how to sew a slippery fabric.
23. Making a Zigzag Stitch
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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.
This advanced sewing technique is essential in well-tailored garments. Find out more about interfacing here for your complicated sewing projects.
25. How to Hem Pants
This a very handy sewing technique which will save you lots of cash in new garments. If your only problem for pants is the length, learn how to cut and hem pants here.
26. How to Sew Without a Pattern
Lots of sewing projects begin in the proper reading of a pattern. But can you work without a pattern? You can do this by using your existing garments to work on. Find out how to sew without a pattern here.
27. How to Sew Placket on a Sleeve
This is one of the advanced sewing techniques you need to know if you want to work on your own outfits. It gives opening in garments such as pockets, sleeves, and front closures a form and clean look.
28. How to Hand Sew
Learning how to hand sew is one of the very basic sewing techniques you need to have. From this basic knowledge, you will be hungry for more sewing techniques and sewing projects.
29. Learn How to Sew a Straight Stitch
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.
Check out this video from Rokolee DIY for these hand sewing techniques:
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!
Which of these sewing techniques are you in need to learn most? We’d love to know how these sewing techniques helped you in the comments section below!
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Editor’s Note – This article was originally posted on July 5, 2017, and has since been updated for quality and relevancy.
Hi. The link to the zipper tutorial actually goes to mitered corners, I think?
Debbie Thompson says
This is a great list. One also needs to know how to read the markings on their sewing machine bed and adjust the needle to get the proper seam allowances.