Learning how to sew a straight stitch is essential because it is often used for most sewing projects. However, your first time is not going to be perfect but practice, practice, practice and you will get better at it.
Here is a simple tutorial on how to sew a straight stitch designed for beginners. Learn how to do this to jumpstart your sewing hobby. This will open opportunities for sewing projects for you.
Sewing 101 : How to Sew a Straight Stitch
Practice Makes Perfect
The first thing I learned when I used a sewing machine was how to sew a straight stitch. It took a while before I got my stitches straight and since then this stitch has been one of my favorite go-tos. It’s very versatile and can be used for a wide variety of fabrics. You can use it to seam two pieces of fabric together, basting and topstitching.
Plug in your sewing machine and let’s get started!
Step 1. Set up your sewing machine
Let’s start by threading our sewing machine. Then, we will set it up to the straight stitch option and pick medium length stitches ranging from 2.5 to 3.5. You can play around and check the different kinds of straight stitch combination.
Step 2. Place the fabric under the presser foot
Take a piece of fabric and line it up with the right edge of the presser foot. Then, lower the lever so the presser foot and needle clamp the fabric in place. Slowly push on the foot pedal to sew a few stitches forward then press the reverse button to sew backward then go forwards again.
Step 3. Go forward
Now continue to go completely forward while keeping the edge of your fabric inline with the edge of the presser pedal. Keep going around the fabric and upon reaching the end go forward backward forward again.
Step 4. Finish the sewing
Remove your fabric by lifting up the presser foot then snip off the loose threads.
Step 5. Inside Out
With the finished product sewn together, we will now turn them inside out to hide the stitches and we are done!
This video for beginners from withwendy shows us how to sew a straight stitch using a sewing machine:
Do you see how easy the process is? You will be using the straight stitch a lot in this lifetime. If you make a mistake, do not worry. Just have a seam ripper handy. Use this to rip the seams so you can work on the project again.
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