Simple Tips For Sewing Beginners

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Sewing – When Life Gives You Scraps, Make A Quilt

Sewing is a brilliant hobby to take up if you love-making things. There are all sorts of great projects to get stuck into and it’s the perfect way to spend some quality time with the family as well. Making things yourself instead of buying them all of the time is also a great money saver and it can be a lifesaver when you’re stuck for gift ideas. Sewing is a tricky skill to master but luckily, you can start out with some very simple patterns that you can start with to help you build your confidence. If you’re considering sewing as a new hobby, here are a few tips to help you get started.

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Get The Right Stuff

If you’re serious about sewing, you’ll need to invest a bit of money in the right materials and equipment. When it comes to sewing machines, there are a lot of cheap ones out there but there’s no point getting one. They’ll be fine for very thin fabrics but as soon as you try anything a little thicker, you’ll get stuck. If you buy a cheap sewing machine, you’ll probably end up buying a new one after a few months anyway so you may as well look at the best selling sewing machines on the market from the word go. There’s no need to buy the most expensive one you can find but make sure you get something decent. Once you’ve got a good sewing machine, buy yourself a few different lengths of fabric to experiment with. To start with,you’re going to make a lot of mistakes so just get some cheap fabric until you’re a little more confident, then you can start investing a bit more in fabrics for bigger projects. Buy a few different colors of thread and a set of needles and you’re ready to start sewing. Try out these simple projects to get started.

Coasters

You need to start out as simple as possible when you learn to sew because using the sewing machine is probably a lot harder than you think. Making coasters is the easiest sewing project that will help you get to grips with sewing straight lines. All you need to do is cut a square of fabric and then fold the edges over by a quarter of an inch to make a nice edge, and then sew together in straight lines. It sounds easy, but the chances are, you won’t get the lines perfectly straight the first few times.

Buttons

Learning how to sew a button is a great way of taking your sewing skills up a notch and learning a very practical skill at the same time. It’s often much simpler to sew a button by hand because it can be a bit fiddly with a machine. All you need to do is put your button in place and push your threaded needle from the back, through one of the holes. Then sew through the adjacent hole and repeat this step until each hole has been fixed three or four times.

After you’ve mastered these simple steps, look online for loads of free patterns and hone your skills.

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