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!
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Learn how to do a fabric burn test so that you can figure out the fiber content of the fabric. It’s great for that mystery fabric in your stash! Sometimes you get fabric when someone cleans out their stash. Sometimes you thrift fabric. This kind of fabric is rarely marked with the content, but a…
Learn how to make bias tape and how to sew bias tape with this beginner sewing tutorial. Bias tape is used in quilting, sewing bags, and sewing clothing. I love the look of quilts and clothing finished with bias tape. There’s something so pretty and polished about seeing the inside of at item of clothing…
Learn how to sew knit fabric with these 16 sewing tips and techniques. Sewing stretchy fabric will be easy! Sewing knit fabric can be a little intimidating unless you know some simple tips and tricks. When I first started sewing knit projects I had no idea what I was doing, but I thought it was…
Learn how to sew slippery fabric by using these sewing tips for sewing lightweight fabric. Make tricky fabric easier to sew and work with! Some fabrics can be so frustrating to work with. Have you been avoiding sewing with chiffon, charmeuse, challis, or even lining fabric because it’s slippery and lightweight? I’ve compiled list of…