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