A coworker who has started sewing and wears original and fabulous clothes, a new fabric store close to home, or the attractive images of various stitches sewn around the world on Pinterest maybe some of the many triggers to love.
For many, sewing is not a new thing, and even they still have a machine ready, but for one reason or another, the hobby disappeared. With this resurgence of sewing that we are living and that excites even the most reluctant, scissors and pins inherited from the grandmother seamstress are coming to light waiting for their opportunity.
At the moment we have the desire and the enthusiasm, the most important ingredients, but where to start and how to do it?
You can learn at your own pace at home with the help of books, manuals, and sewing blogs or attend a classroom course to help you get started. Perhaps you are lucky enough to have a family member or friend who can initiate and strengthen the ties of your relationship. The seam creates complicity that is hard to beat!
Below we will see a list of basic steps. You can expand the information of some of them in previous posts:
- Basic sewing kit.
- Parts of the sewing machine.
- How to thread the sewing machine.
- Sew a straight seam.
- Sew corners and curves.
- Sewing practices.
- Hand sewing.
- Main stitches by hand.
- Stitch length and width.
- Zigzag stitching finish.
At this point, you are ready for your first real sewing practice.
If you experience a feeling of vertigo similar to the driving school, it is a good sign, your senses are sharpened!
This first sewing project is recommended to be something simple, such as a tote bag or a cushion, which does not require any type of closure (which means no zippers or buttons).
The objective is to cut pieces, prepare them with pins and machine sew straight stitches to join and zigzag stitches to overcast the edges of the fabric. Repeat the project several times and in various measures! It is a way to consolidate learning and to have a very cozy sofa.
Basic sewing techniques
To start sewing garments, we need to learn techniques to give volume and be able to zip up or create our creations.
The list of techniques can increase or decrease according to what we understand by basic. This is a good start:
- Sew darts.
- Interlining and sewing views.
- Make buttonholes.
- Sew elastic ties.
- Sew on a button.
- Put zippers.
- Sewing finishes.
- Sew bias tape straight.
- Ironing to facilitate sewing.
The ideal is to practice these techniques on fabric scraps that we will keep as samples in a filing cabinet with their respective notes and annotations. This way we will learn the essence of the technique alone and not in the middle of assembling a garment.
These techniques exist at different levels of difficulty and with many variables. For example, a zipper can be invisible, hidden in the seam, mounted in plain sight, it can be seen in different points of the garment, we can shorten it … and follow the enumeration depending on the finish and type of gender with which we work. At the moment we are interested in learning to place a normal zipper in the most standard and common way that exists.
With time and a good base of basics, we will advance at cruising speed in the necessary sewing techniques. On many occasions, simplicity triumphs!
Choose our first pattern book
The desired moment has arrived, choose the first garment that we are going to sew! There are specific patterns for sewing debutantes, as well as special editions of books and magazines. Take a look!
Following the line drawn with progressive learning, we will put aside the fantasy models saturated with frills to focus on a model that has the following characteristics:
- The Sewing Book: Over 300 Step-by-Step Techniques
- First Time Sewing: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide
- Sewing For Kids: 30 Fun Projects to Hand and Machine Sew
- The Oysterville Sewing Circle: A Novel
- The Sewing Machine Accessory Bible: Get the Most Out of Your Machine
The cotton fabrics used in patchwork do not have much drop but they are ideal for this type of project. The objective is to easily sew the fabric and to be able to focus on learning the process and not on the fight with gender (that will come later, do not suffer).
Whether you are using a pattern from a pattern magazine or that of a freelance designer, it is necessary to strictly follow their instructions and advice. Over time, you will have your personal preferences that you will apply in the patterns you sew, but for the moment, we are learning and we have to leave zero margins for crazy decisions and improvisation.
In the pattern envelope or magazine, you will find all the necessary information for the preparation and preparation of the pattern: recommended type of gender, necessary materials, seam allowances, measurement table and pattern cut-out plan (or in other words, the way to place the patterns on top of the fabric).
You can expand all this information and put it to use:
- Phases of a sewing project.
- Symbols in pattern making.
- How to trace a pattern.
- Mark and cut a pattern.
From the outside, sewing can seem difficult and convoluted with so many different materials and finishes. In fact, learning to sew blindly without following a progressive order of knowledge learned with practice can be a real nightmare. That the choice of a difficult project for which you are not prepared at that time is not a brake!
I advise you to start with easy projects and simple clothes that you can repeat a few times to gain confidence. And project by project, incorporate basic techniques that in a short time will increase your sample of skills. Cheer up, girls!
Robin we will continue to cover the techniques and all the information necessary to continue learning to sew. Tell us your experiences, doubts or requests. What problems do you encounter when starting to sew? What kind of garments are you starting to sew? We are waiting for your comments!