How To … Sew

How to sew

Would you like to have a go at sewing but aren’t sure where to start? Here a few tips and ideas to help.

If you’ve never sewn before, then it’s a good idea to sign up to a beginner’s sewing course. Having an expert show you exactly how a sewing machine works is priceless. They’re also on hand to guide and answer any questions.

With a course under your belt, it’s time to practice, practice, practice! Buying your own sewing machine needn’t be daunting. Head to a reputable sewing machine shop and ask to try out some sewing machines first, explaining what it is that you’re looking for. Basic sewing machines are really, very good and can do a lot. That’s what I started with and I still have it as my back up sewing machine!

Books and online tutorials are a great way to continue learning, without spending a fortune and you can slot this in around other commitments.

Here are three of my top tips, which I wish I’d been told when I first started to learn.

1) Wash fabric first to pre-shrink it before sewing. It’s so disappointing when your finished garment shrinks in the wash!

2) Test your tension out on a scrap piece of the fabric you’re about to start sewing with. Get that tension right before starting a project.

3) When hand sewing, use no more than approximately 30cm of thread. If your thread is too long it can result in knots.

I hope this has inspired you to give sewing a go! Don’t forget to share you creations over on Twitter and Instagram, using the hashtag #simplestylishmakers

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