Since I’m new to the whole sewing world, I put together a Sewing 101 – Guide for beginners, like me. I included everything I believe is essential to start sewing from a sewing dictionary, threading a machine, tools, fabric and easy sewing patterns. Sit back and enjoy all these great sewing tips and tutorials.
Before we can actually start sewing, I believe it’s important to know all the necessary sewing terms. Amber from Crazy Little Projects created an AMAZING Sewing Dictionary with Pictures which is part of the Learn to Sew series. If you are interested in the Learn to Sew series, it begins on January 7th.
Now that we have a useful dictionary to refer to, we should probably get to know our sewing machines. Sarah from Dwell on Joy created a wonderful Sewing Machine 101. This guide is very useful, full of photos and explanations. At the very end of the post she shares easy step by step sewing projects she created. What’s really encouraging is that she was a beginner just like us when she created these posts.
We now know our sewing machines better, now it’s time to thread them. SCARY!!! However, I found a great website called How To Sew and they share a video on how to thread your machine. YAY! You might want to surf around their website, there’s lots of resources available to you.
Our sewing machines are threaded, now we need some tools to create some beautiful projects. Pickup Some Creativity put together a Sewing 101 – Supply Must Haves. They also have a GREAT Sewing 101 section, you should check it out.
One of the tools that I’m nervous about using is the Rotary Cutter. I actually already have one along with a self-healing cutting mat. The Purl Bee has a complete Rotary Cutting Tutorial section. It’s quite amazing.
We have our tools, we know how to use our rotary cutter… now we need some fabric. A great place to get fabric is from Fabricworm. Not only is the selection GREAT, the staff is AMAZINGLY helpful. You’ll want to check our their blog and their Facebook page, they often have sales worth checking out.
Before we start to sew our new fabric, we might want to pre-wash it before we start. Make It & Love It shows you how to pre-wash your fabric. Make It & Love It is JAMMED PACKED full of helpful Sewing Tips. I’m going to reference 3 more of their tutorials, but there’s a BUNCH more on their site.
Fabric is washed now perhaps we’ll need some interfacing for our project. What is interfacing? Good question. Our friends at Make It & Love It explain what it is, which we need and why we need it.
It’s sewing time!! But what stitch? Make It & Love It share basic stitches.
You’ll probably need a zipper… thanks Make It & Love It for the great Installing a Basic Zipper tutorial!
Now that we know all the basics, we need patterns to start sewing. A great place to start is at The Sewing Loft. Heather has a great blog where she shares lots of tutorials. She also has a shop where you can purchase patterns.
I hope you enjoyed this Sewing 101 Guide for Beginners (like me).
I very much LOVED putting it together.
Do you have some sewing sites to recommend to me?
P.S. I’ll be linking to these Parties.