Top 5 Techniques For The Newbies At Sewing

These top 5 techniques for the newbies at sewing will have you working like a pro in no time. I know when I started I was a mess. I would just wander into the fabric store and randomly choose materials without a care in the world. I didn’t know that my choices in the store would ultimately be my undoing.


I was pretty well-intentioned. However, my expectations of what I could do were quickly proven wrong. Learning to sew can be a pretty hard endeavor. You need to pick the right machine, project, pattern, fabric, thread, and make sure you are following the step correctly. There are so many things that can go wrong. Use these techniques to keep yourself from running into the common problems that stop newbies from growing into pros.


Paying Attention to Detail


Missing the smallest detail can derail a sewing project. The most important detail to keep in mind is your own skill level. Many people, including myself, try to dive into complicated projects before they build up their technique.

Starting with basic projects, like a pillowcase or simple bag will teach you important techniques you need to move on to more complicated details like zippers. You need to have more experience to fully pay attention to the small details needed to execute a final product. Each time you choose a project, think of it as your next lesson in sewing.


Carefully read the instructions for each project from beginning to end. This will tell you which fabrics work best for the end product, the skills you will need to learn to complete it, and the extra materials required.


Choosing the Right Machine


Just as you should choose simple projects, you should also choose a simple sewing machine. You will be confused if there are too many extra details and steps involved in the usage of your machine. You should check out some of the great beginner machines on this page. I ended up switching to a beginner machine because the first machine I bought was too complicated!


Indulging Your Curiosity


Sewing is a chance to indulge your curiosity about how fabric can work. Write down specific goals you have. You can take risks if you keep in mind that you are trying to learn. Even when a project fails, you can keep track of what worked and what doesn’t. You can revisit old designs and apply new techniques you learned to make them better.


Becoming good at sewing isn’t without its frustrations. You will learn that when you put your mind to it, you will find yourself learning new techniques to make it work. Try to keep your focus on what you are learning, instead of being frustrated. It’s an experience in problem solving and patience!


Testing Your Stitches

I still struggle with this one sometimes. You should always test your stitches on scrap pieces of fabric. You should also make sure you are testing the stitch with the same configuration as the stitch you are trying to complete. That means you should test with the same amount of layers as your project.


This can be really stressful when you are working with an expensive fabric. If you forget to test you could mess up and entire cut. Electric machines have even stitches and hold them reliably. I like to use them when I am sewing with a particularly delicate fabric, like chiffon. Find a great electric sewing machine at  


Pressing Your Projects


Ironing technique is very important to a beautiful finished project. Make sure you have the iron at the right settings for the fabric you are using. You don’t want to burn your project but you do want nicely pressed fabric. Make sure you line your fabric up and iron it flat before you cut.  


Make sure you follow the instructions when pressing seams. Some seams need to be pressed in a specific direction or split apart. This will make for a cleaner finished product you will be proud of!


I hope these sewing techniques for the newbies inspire you to challenge yourself to learn more about how to sew like a pro

Maintaining Your Guitar: A Few Tips and Tricks

Maintaining your guitar will keep you from having to make costly repairs down the line. It’s almost as important as buying your guitar from the right source. Go to a reputable instrument shop, dealer, or trusted musician to purchase a guitar. You should be able to play it before you bring it home. That way you can tell if it is properly equipped and has been cared for.


Guitars can take a fair amount of wear and tear but that doesn’t mean maintenance should be skipped. Here’s how you can take care of your guitar.


Cleaning Your Guitar.


After Each Use

If you just bought a new guitar you saw at, You may not know how to clean it yet. Cleaning your guitar after each use will help it last longer and hold its sound.


Use canned air to remove any dust.


Wipe off frets and strings with a microfiber cloth. The oils from your fingers can actually change the way the guitar sounds. Get some of them off before they can get built up.


Use a string cleaner to remove gunk between restringing.


Place your guitar on a stand to prevent it from being scratched or dinged. In fact, never try to rest a guitar against the wall or an amp. I have seen too many beautiful setups destroyed while someone is just going to grab a glass of water.


It’s even better to keep your guitar in it’s case when you aren’t using it. A guitar on the wall or in a stand can still be knocked over or bumped into. Hard cases offer the best protection. A soft case will do the trick, just put it in a safe place away from foot traffic.


Keep your guitar tools handy in your case. Use them to tighten screws before you put your instrument away. The vibrations cause the screws to loosen. You don’t want to lose one!




Some of these steps should be done every time you restring your guitar. You can perform others more frequently if you choose.


Spray guitar with canned air to remove loose dust.


Lightly dampen a cloth. Don’t use any chemicals, because they can damage the finish. You can also damage your guitar by using too much water. Don’t use a spray bottle! You should not see any water droplets on your guitar when you clean it.  


Use a soft bristled toothbrush to clean the tight spaces. Hit the bridge, frets, and any other nooks where skin cells build up. Do not use the toothbrush to clean the strings. You can save this job for when you have the strings removed.


Use lemon oil to condition your fretboard. This will keep it clean longer. The wood on the fretboard is different than the rest of the wood. It shouldn’t be treated with the same product. That can change the sound of your guitar.

If you didn’t get an acoustic, like these on, you probably need to clean more metal parts. You can actually use glass cleaner to make these parts shine. Don’t spray the cleaner directly on the guitar. Use a different microfiber cloth and a small amount of cleaner.


Use a guitar polish, only if your guitar needs it. Be sure to buy a polish designed for your guitar. The wrong polish, or just using furniture polish will ruin the finish of your guitar. You should also make sure you get a polish with a matching finish to your guitar. You want to keep it looking shiny as long as possible! Use another new cloth, so you don’t get the wrong product on the wrong part of the guitar.


Remove gunk from the guitar’s nut with floss. You don’t need to use any cleaning solution. Just use the floss to pull out any dirt or skin cells that crept in during play.


Other Tips:


Wash your hands before playing. The less oil on your hand, the less ends up on the guitar.

Don’t leave your guitar in excessively hot or cold places for a long time.

Restring your guitar two at a time from the bottom up. This keeps the neck from losing tension over time. That’s an expensive fix.


Now you can keep your guitar in shape and continue to reap the benefits of listening to music.


Reasons You Should Have A Hobby

There are so many reasons you should have a hobby for better health. It’s so easy to get stuck in a routine where you simply go to work or school, and back home. When this becomes a habit, we can deprive ourselves of beneficial experiences and friendships. Finding a hobby you are interested in will help you in so many ways!


You will meet like-minded people. When you are out doing something you enjoy in a social setting, you are more likely to meet someone you share other interests with. That means you can build a community of friends you enjoy spending time with. Social interaction can actually boost your immune system and mood as well.

Hobbies allow you to flex your creative muscles. When you engage with a hobby you love, you become more curious and inquisitive. Your mind becomes more connected with the material, which comes in handy when you run into problems. This can be especially important if you don’t have a job that requires you to think creatively. Sewing is what I love best because I get to try to apply new skills on projects I failed at before. Even if it doesn’t work, I tried to creatively solve a problem.


A hobby is something you will always look forward to doing. A hobby is something you care about and can always improve it. When you find a hobby you are passionate about you will look forward to taking the time out to participate.


Mastering a hobby will help you feel better about yourself. As you get better at a hobby, you gain more self esteem. That empowerment can leak out into all other aspects of your life. Who doesn’t want to be more confident?


Hobbies help you gain new and interesting life experiences. Each hobby has its own set of skills that need to be honed. You will be hungry to improve yourself and learn new things.


A hobby will reduce your stress. Choosing a hobby to reduce stress can be hard. If it’s something you love, you can lose yourself for hours and come back to the problems in your own life with a fresh perspective.

Some hobbies aren’t right for everyone. Think about what you are good at and what you already know you like. You can even start by trying a local sports league in a sport you enjoyed as a child. Part of finding the right hobby is letting go of any fear of trying new things. You can start knocking that fear out by trying things you already tried. It can take a lot of time and effort.


If you think crafting is your style, spend some time in a craft store. Pay attention to the items that catch your eye. What would you be the most excited to spend your money on? That’s a good sign that it is something you may want to try out. Always start with a small project, and work your way up slowly.


I hope you can find as much enjoyment out of your hobby as I do from mine.