Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Need A New Hobby? Learn How To Sew

Starting a new hobby can be tough work. And learning how to sew seems to be an intimidating one to newcomers.

The effort required mentally to simply decide on a sewing project, invest in the supplies and equipment then find the time to sit down and sew can seem daunting – more so, when it’s your first time. However, once you master it, it can quickly become a hobby that is addictive.

It’s fun, useful and even a bit therapeutic.

No matter what your level of skill is, there’s only one way to become better in order to reach that level of hobby satisfaction.

And we’re here to help you along that path.

You should know that the best way to take up a hobby such as sewing, is by taking it slowly.

First, read over our instruction, let it seep in for a while, then come back to it in a few days. Taking everything on in an afternoon can turn out to be frustrating and result in a quick and powerful burnout.

No matter what you want to learn to sew, from simple darts to a full-on dress, this step-by-step guide will lead you in the direction towards mastery.

First, let’s talk about language.

Sewing Terms

Why language, you ask?

Well, many new hobbies involve some sort of specific terms, most of which we will be using in this guide on how to sew.

So in order to properly follow along, we should get them pinned down.

Learning how to sew and be able to communicate with people who have been in the business for a while will allow you to understand sewing terms, and the craft itself, a bit better.

Since there’s quite the list of terms and definitions to learn from, we’re going to direct you to this site for you to study from.

While it can be a bit disheartening learning something new at times, since your passion and imagination are usually a lot greater than your skills, keep at it.

And remember, everything is becoming easier as the culture of sewing is changing.

Modern Sewing: Learning How to Sew is Changing

Most people used to learn how to sew by purchasing a large sheet of cloth or fabric, picking out a DIY paper manual with only a sewing machine and some colored thread to rely on. This typically resulted in awkward looking outcomes and strange fashion pieces.

However, now, the modern age has offered a range of different options for learning how to sew.

These days, you can learn how to sew almost anything by following blogs and tutorials online made by master sewers who want to help beginners create all things beautiful.

You can also find awesome shops to purchase from online and in-person classes that offer one-on-one lessons and tricks from pros.

While there are many options for individuals looking to learn how to sew, the actual task of sewing still isn’t necessarily — easy.

The way to get ahead of frustration and beeline for success in this hobby as quickly as possible is by choosing one skill at a time.

One skill per project.

By focusing on learning one new skill with every project you true, it will help you build your skills over a period of time.

Before we get into some beginner sequences, it’s important to learn some of these skills.

5 Beginner Skills to Start With

By mastering these five basic skills, you’ll be on your way to learning how to sew like a pro.

While it won’t be overnight, by pairing at-home projects, practicing these skills and specific sewing patterns, and maybe even taking a part-time class on the side, either online or in person, you’ll be able to jump-start the process.

1. Learn How to Use Your New Best Friend: The Sewing Machine

Sewing machines can be intimidating at first, however, once you get a hang of them, they truly are a sewer’s best friend.

Since learning to use a sewing machine can involve quite a few steps since there are a lot of different parts to a sewing machine, we have chosen the perfect guide here for you to follow.

While sewing machines aren’t mandatory for sewers to learn, they can be fun and can help you zip through projects.

2. Learn How to Cut a Pattern and To Transfer the Pattern Marks

After you learn how to set up and use your sewing machine as a real pro, it’s time to make sure you have a purpose for your newfound skill.

Knowing how to cut and prepare the special fabric you’ve bought is the first step to a great sewing project.

First, learn how to cut certain patterns by following this guide here.

A lot of garment patterns will include markings to help you figure out which parts are pockets, zippers or buttonholes.

Transferring these marks is very important. You can learn how to transfer these marks here.

3. Learning How to Sew Certain Stitches

Next, you need to learn how to make certain stitches.

While you can do many different stitches with your sewing machine, a great way to start learning how to sew is by hand.

If you want to ramp things up, check out these stitching patterns made by a sewing machine.

However, if you’re more a craftsy by hand type of gal or guy, check out these hand stitches.

4. Learn How to Sew Darts and Pleats

Darts are usually used in design to provide specific shaping to a piece of clothing. You should learn how to mark, sew and press the perfect dart if you’re looking to get into design sewing.

Pleats are also used for design clothing to offer more shape or texture to a piece, and some believe pleats are easier to learn.

Check out this tutorial for easy pleats here.

5. Learn How to Sew Zippers and Buttons

You’ll want to learn how to sew a zipper pretty soon since they’re a fairly integral part to many types of accessories and pieces of clothing.

They’re almost impossible to avoid if you’re getting into sewing for clothing, so may as well master it as soon as you can.

Also, no one likes a faulty zipper, so learn how to do it well!

Buttons are also an item that is hard to avoid when sewing clothing. They’re everywhere for practical reasons and can make a piece of clothing super fashionable as well. Get funky with your buttons and have a blast!

Check out how to sew zippers and buttons here.

A Beginner Sequence

Here are some pattern sequence examples to help any beginner start on their first sewing project.

While it’ may seem intimidating at first, remember, just try to learn one skill per project, and of course, have fun with it!

1. Make a Pillow

This can be easy and a lot of fun to do. You don’t need to find a pattern; you just need to learn how to cut and sew and can use almost any type of fabric you fancy.

Pillows are an awesome way to start practicing straight line stitching, or any beginner stitches you feel like taking on.

2. Make a Skirt

Skirts are also fairly simple to make, although they do require measurements. By making a skirt such as this one, you’ll also be able to start practicing sewing on zippers.

3. Make a Sorbetto Top

With only two pattern pieces, this type of free pattern project will help you learn some basics. Try this great pattern to start off with. No need for zippers or extras, just sewing, taping and learning some fundamentals.  

These are three great basic patterns and lessons to start with. While your finished product may not be perfect or exactly what you had in mind, it’s all a learning curve. Keep trying to master certain techniques challenge yourself with new ones whenever you feel ready.

There are tons of different patterns and opportunities out there, all you need to do is nail down some of the basic skills first.

Become a Curious Crafter: Final Tip

The absolute best sewists or crafters in the world are extremely curious.

They’re always looking for inspiration, new ideas or enlightenment in any relevant place they can sniff out.

By choosing projects based on what you want to learn, you’ll always get ahead. You’ll be learning something tangible and achievable that you can use over and over again.

As soon as you start feeling overwhelmed, keep learning and think of ways that can help you.

Luckily, sewing is becoming a popular hobby, so there’s so much material and guides available online and in your city. All you need to do is pinpoint what you need to get you over that learning hump, and grab it!

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