For beginners, it seems there are numerous sites that offer lessons and tips. But how long has it been since they really sat with someone and taught them from scratch?
Over the last 24 years of my sewing career, I have taught many and have been taught quite a bit. It is always beneficial for the new learner to understand all aspects of a project, but to know details of the tools they will use to create it.
There are quite a bunch of sewing machines brands and models you can choose from, but each have parts that complete the same job so it is wise to get an overview of what your machine is capable of. And threading a machine can be like going through a maze blindfolded, if you aren’t sure where to even start. Specific materials require certain settings as well as a unique way of cutting them.
If you ever saw a dress and couldn’t find a pattern, you can make one tailored for yourself. So many stitches are out there, so there’s an article dedicated to nothing but stitches, what they’re used for and when. Of course your tools and projects are important, as without a project there is no point in learning. Whether you just want to take in a pair of slacks or want to make a bedspread, these articles are the only place to learn it all.
- Knowing Your Machine (parts, what they do and how you interact with them)
- Threading a Machine (all machines are different, but the parts that have thread are all the same)
- Sewing Box (what do you need close-by when you are sewing)
- Needles (some basic info about the different types)
- Materials (each one uses specific settings on your machine when working with them)
- Patterns (how to use them, tweak them and make your own)
- Stitches (there are how many types??!!)