Start Sewing in 4 Easy Steps
Sewing has never been more popular, making it no surprise you want to join in on the hobby and are looking for guidance on how to begin. Sewing is a hobby you should start now (rather than later) because the sooner you start, the more time you have to create all the sewing projects you dream of--so it's a good thing you're here.
Let's get you started with this official Girlfriend's Guide to getting started with sewing in four easy steps.
Step 1: Get Your First Sewing Machine
Whether you buy, rent, or borrow one, the obvious first step is getting yourself a sewing machine. You may feel overwhelmed with all the options out there, but all you need to start with is a machine that has a straight stitch and an adjustable zigzag stitch. Consider going to a shop/dealership to learn what high-quality, affordable sewing machine options are best for your first sewing machine.
Step 2: Gather Your Tool Kit
While many sewing tools help get the job done, you don't need to worry about getting them all at first. You should be able to make any beginning sewing project with these five essential tools:
- Fabric scissors and/or rotary cutter
- Seam ripper
- Cutting mat
Step 3: Learn How to Use Your Machine
To ensure your sewing journey starts with success, take the time to learn how to use your sewing machine. You'll need to learn how to set it up, use your foot pedal, thread your sewing machine, and use the stitch functions. Luckily in this internet age, there are countless online resources from which you can learn. If you prefer to learn in person, find a local shop/dealership that provides machine education and, as a bonus, offers beginning sewing classes.
Step 4: Pick a Simple Project and START SEWING
The best sewing projects for beginners are simple ones with easy patterns. Starting with a sewing project that you can complete relatively easily and quickly will inspire you to continue to sew. A pillow cover, shoulder bag, or strip pieced quilt are some examples of great beginner projects.
There is no better time to start learning how to sew with so many resources like this guide available to help you get started. Sew what's stopping you?