There are so many advantages to learning how to sew. It’s relaxing, creative and fun. Being able to mend ripped and torn clothing is a sure bonus as it will save you money. And once you develop your sewing skills, you can make a little extra on the side doing sewing projects for other people.
So what does a beginner need to know before getting serious about sewing? Here are a few things you’ll need to think about.
Learning How to Sew
Learning how to sew can seem intimidating, especially if you’ve rarely, if ever, picked up a sewing needle. But no matter how much sewing experience you have, there are countless ways to begin or continue your sewing education.
Taking sewing classes is a quick way to learn about the art and craft of sewing. Most classes for beginners usually meet once a week for up to six weeks, and focus on teaching basic terms and techniques, giving you a solid foundation to build on. Irrespective of the fee you have to pay, what you learn will make the cost worthwhile. Books can also help you develop your sewing knowledge. If you’ve never really sewn before, learning specific techniques from a book can be a challenge. But books can teach you about different techniques, important definitions, different types of sewing, the wide array of fabrics there are to choose from, and so on.
Choosing a Sewing Machine for Beginners
Choosing a new sewing machine can be pretty exciting, whether you’re a beginner, a novice, or a sewing pro. And it can be hard not to give in to temptation and buy the fanciest, most feature-loaded machine available. However, for a newbie, buying an overpowered sewing machine isn’t the best idea. Instead, you need a machine that’s easy to learn and easy to use and makes your sewing classes as sleek as ever. So choose a high quality model that’s basic and simple. The better you know your sewing machine, the faster you’ll learn to use it.
Think About Supplies
Sewing is a pastime that involves a lot of supplies and equipment. And learning about the supplies you’ll need, and what each tool is used, is almost as important as learning about your sewing machine.
A Sewing Room
For many, a sewing room is a relaxing retreat where they can go to sew in peace and quiet. However, having a sewing room serves another purpose. You don’t want your supplies spread throughout the house. You want one place to store all of your supplies so that it’s organized and easy to find.
Is there a room in your house that can be dedicated to sewing? This can be a guest bedroom that never gets used, an attic that’s been converted to living space, or a storage room (preferably with a window) that can be quickly cleaned out.
For a newbie, stepping into the world of sewing can seem overwhelming. There’s just so much to learn! But, instead of trying to learn everything all at once, focus on learning the basics. And trust that, the more you sew, the more you’ll learn.