Learning how to sew is a skill that used to be taught to all young girls at a very early age. As society began to change and girls grew up to be women that joined the workforce, learning how to sew went to the wayside. Sewing is still a skill that is highly appreciated and valued in many parts of the world and while many thriving countries prefer to ship their sewing work overseas to be done by machines or those who get paid little to nothing for their labor. While many no longer sew as a way to make money for their family, there are still people who sew as a hobby. Sewing is an art that can easily be lost if we continue to go throughout life without teaching our children about the craft. This article will provide some tips that will prove to be helpful for anyone who is learning how to sew.
1. Choose a good sewing machine
First off, you need to have an entry level sewing machine to begin to learn the trade. A sewing machine can be purchased for less than $100 if you do not have a budget for one that is more expensive. If you do have a bigger budget, consider purchasing a machine that is made of high quality materials, has a variety of stitching options, comes with more than one foot option, and has good reviews. A sewing machine can last you for years upon years if you purchase a good one and take care of it.
2. Read the sewing machine manual
It is important to do this so that you can teach yourself about the inner workings of the sewing machine. It is important to understand each of the parts so that when you begin to sew, you know what to look for and how to fill or refill your bobbin, thread your machine, and use your presser foot. Be sure to keep your machine manual nearby as you can find helpful information in it about troubleshooting should you run into a problem later on down the road.
3. Consider taking a class
Many who learn how to sew choose to take a class from a qualified instructor. By doing so, you can learn the proper techniques of sewing and you will have less mistakes. Many craft stores offer introductory sewing classes for a great price.
4. Teach yourself
If you do not have the money to take a class, you can teach yourself how to sew. It may take you longer to learn how to sew as you are completely new at the trade and are learning everything from the very beginning. You will first need to start of by understanding the definitions of certain things such as a bobbin, presser foot, needle, and stitching. You will need to understand how to thread a machine and a bobbin before you can get started. One great way to teach yourself all that you need to know about a sewing machine is by watching YouTube tutorials online. This is especially helpful if you are a visual learner.
5. Don’t give up
As with learning anything new, you will make mistakes. Making a mistake is not a bad thing and it can often be fixed by a seam ripper or by creating something out of the mistake that you would not have thought of otherwise. Great beauty can often come from a mistake and it is no different in sewing. Be sure to stick with it and do not give up. The more you sew, the better you will become.
Have you ever tried to sew? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments section below.
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