Have you always wanted to learn to sew? This list of sewing skills and sewing tools is basic sewing 101 for beginners to get you started!
These are many of the sewing 101 basics you will need to start sewing clothing, home goods, and bags. You’ll learn about different sewing techniques, sewing tips, and sewing tricks to be learn to sew and to sew well.
With these sewing 101 tutorials you’ll learn how to sew clothes and basic sewing stitches.
These sewing basics are really geared towards apparel sewing, but lots of these techniques are used in all sewing crafts and practices. You’ll also learn about zippers, hemming, finishes seams, and much more!
Learning to sew is like learning to color. At first they tell you to color in the lines. It’s not because they don’t want you to break the rules. You need to learn to color in the lines to learn how to control your crayon.
Learn these basic sewing 101 rules not because you can’t break the rules, but you need to learn what rules you can break and what sewing rules make all the difference in a project.
I love sewing and teaching others how to sew. Sewing is a skill that needs motivation, but I believe anyone can sew if they just try and keep trying.
Once you learn to sew it can be so empowering for you in all parts of your life. I remember teaching someone how to insert a sleeve for the first time. She felt so confident and capable!
Use these sewing skills and tools to master your sewing machine and learn how to sew your own clothing that makes you feel confident and capable.
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I believe if you really put in the work and you have the motivation to learn through the mistakes, you can sew your own clothing. I have put together a list of advice I would give to anyone wanting to learn to sew clothing and some free sewing practice sheets to master your sewing machine!
To be able to stitch in the ditch is a great basic sewing skill. In apparel sewing you stitch in the ditch most often when finishing a waistband, cuff or collar. To stitch in the ditch is to attach the inside or back as invisibly as possible.
An important basic sewing skill to have is to knowing how to understitch. It can be a little confusing if you’ve never done it before, but it makes your handmade items look professional. It’s great for facings, linings, pockets, flaps, etc. and makes your edges look good.
Now that I’ve sewn lots of insides curves and lots of outside curves, and over time I’ve learned how to make those curves look good. I’ve made plenty of sewing projects where I didn’t notch or clip enough so my curve doesn’t lay flat. Once you learn how to clip and how to notch sewing curves will be a breeze and will always look professional! It’s not hard to learn how to sew curves!
Sewing knit fabric can be a little intimidating unless you know some simple tips and tricks. I will teach you everything there is to know about how to sew knit fabric, so you can learn and become comfortable with sewing knit fabric!
Sewing often requires fasteners one of which used to always scare me: the zipper. At some point in your sewing practice you will have to insert a zipper, and it doesn’t have to be that scary. Learn how to sew a zipper!
There are lots of different ways to hem fabric, and I'm going to seven different ways to sew a hem. Some hems are easier to sew and other hems look really professional. Some hems work best with curves or straight edges.
When I first started sewing I didn't realize how important interfacing was. I had learned about interfacing and logically I understand what it was used for, but I disliked having one more thing to buy to be able to sew clothing. Once I saw the difference of using it and not using it, now I never sew clothing without it!
Sewing can be an expensive hobby, but you can also save money and sew to save money. I might not always be cheaper than fast fashion at big box stores, but it's a sustainable way of sewing. I have used these tips in my sewing practice, and I have saved my family money.
If you learn something new with these skills of sewing 101 for beginners, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!
I love using these tips to find sewing groups near me. There’s something so special about meeting people who sew face to face! One of the amazing things about sewing is that it brings people together of all ages and backgrounds. We share a special love for sewing, creating, patterns, and fabric. I’ve tried lots…
Learn how to use a twin needle to have two rows of perfect stitching. Use it for hems for knit or woven fabric. A great sewing skill to help your sewing look professional is knowing how to use a twin needle. It’s a simple technique, but it’s hard to master unless you have some sewing…
Learn all about what and how to use quilting cotton for clothing. It’s a commonly found plain weave fabric that is different than apparel cotton. Can you use quilting cotton to make clothing? What is the difference between quilting cotton and apparel cotton? Are there sewing patterns that are made for quilting cotton? We are…
Want to learn how to sew, but you don’t have the right tools?These are my favorite twelve sewing tools that are perfect for beginner sewing! In every hobby comes tools that you have to buy to actually be able to do that hobby. I don’t have a fully decked out sewing room and probably never…
Learn all the tips for sewing jersey knit with these sewing tips and techniques. Jersey is the best knit fabric to sew and wear! When I first started sewing there were not a lot of great knit fabric options so it was hard to learn how to sew knit fabric. Pretty soon jersey knit was…
Learn how to sew with free downloadable sewing practice sheets. Practice those curves, straight lines, corners, and turns. I believe if you really put in the work and you have the motivation to learn through the mistakes, you can sew your own clothing. I have put together a list of advice I would give to…