How Did I Learn Sewing By Myself?

I am a young girl who loves making things by myself. Besides cooking, I also love sewing. Becoming a designer or a sewist is difficult but learning how to sew would not take you much time. If you don’t have time to come to sewing classes, then this article will give you a guideline to get familiar with the fabric, your best first sewing machine for beginners  and its accessories. In summary, there are 3 steps to help you identify what sewing is.

Step 1: Check your sewing machine

The first important step when you begin sewing is checking the sewing machine carefully. You need to make sure that the machine is at the basic sewing mode and the thread is threaded correctly.

Then, the presser foot should be placed on the fabric’s edge to keep it in a fixed position. Before you sew the first seam, just check the needle and thread again to ensure it is in the right place.

Step 2: Start sewing

Firstly, hold the fabric in place and then put your fingers near the edge of the presser foot to guide the seams. Next, gently press the pedal to start sewing. The operation speed will depend on the force that you create on the pedal. So, please be careful if you have to manually adjust the speed.

However, thanks to advanced technology, sewing machines these days have lots of amazing functions. For instance, my best basic sewing machine has the button to adjust the motor speed, which means no matter how you depress the pedal, the needle will sew at the same speed. In case you want to sew a few stitches with high precision, you could use the balance wheel. When you turn the wheel clock, it will operate like you press the pedal.

There are 3 basic seams that you should learn: straight seam, curved seam, and corner seam.

* Straight seam

This is the most basic seam in sewing. Drawing a straight line on the fabric will help you sew easier. At first, you may feel difficult but after familiarizing yourself with the sewing machine “beat”, you will feel it is not that hard.

* Curved seam

Similar to the straight seam, I recommend you to draw a curve on the fabric to better practice. You should draw wide curves when you begin sewing this seam. Next, you put the fabric under the presser foot and keep it fixed. When you sew, try to direct the presser foot straight with the drawn line. Don’t be rushed! It’s better if you keep sewing gently until it isn’t your challenge anymore.

* Corner seam

As usual, drawing a right angle on the fabric first. You need to sew a straight seam to the top of the square corner (you may want to use the balance will to make it more accurate). Then, lifting the presser foot and turn the other line facing you and continue sewing the last edge. That is the way you complete the corner seam.

A small fact here is when manufacturers or buyers want to write about their entry level sewing machine reviews , they usually do some basic seams first to see how well the machine’s operation is.

Step 3: Keep the seam fixed

When you have finished the seams, to keep it steady and fixed, you must “lock” it by holding the fabric, choose the reverse sewing mode and sew 2-3 stitches at the opposite side.

In short, you don’t need to invest too much for sewing and everyone can sew if they want. I hope you will enjoy sewing and share your experiences with me soon.

Thank you for reading and have a good day!