Sewing 101 For Beginners
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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.
Sewing 101 for Beginners
Basics of Sewing Machine Needles
The right sewing machine needle can make or ruin your sewing project! Learn about all the parts, sizes, and different kinds of sewing machine needles so you can choose the right one.
Best Sewing Machine for Making Clothes
Compare these machines to find the best sewing machine for making clothes and learning to sew. Pick one that fits your budget since these machines are perfect for beginners.
My 12 Favorite Sewing Tools
With every hobby comes items that you need. These are my top twelve sewing tools that I can’t sew without and will help you get started.
Learn How to Sew Clothes + FREE Sewing Practice Sheets
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!
How to Stitch in the Ditch
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.
Edgestitching vs Topstitching
There is a difference between edgestitching and topstitching, and edgestitching can easily be confused with topstitching. Each basic sewing stitch have specific uses.
How to Understitch
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.
How to Sew Curves: Clipping v Notching
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!
16 Tips for Sewing Knit Fabric
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!
How to Sew Darts
Learn how to sew darts to make nicely fitting garments. Sewing darts is a great skill to help you sew sewing patterns!
How to Sew a Zipper
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!
How To Sew an Invisible Zipper without an Invisible Zipper Foot Tutorial
An invisible zipper looks really nice on clothing but what if you don’t have an invisible zipper foot for your sewing machine? You can sew an invisible zipper without an invisible zipper foot.
How to Hem: 7 Ways to Hem
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.
How to Finish a Seam: 9 Seam Finishes
Learn how to finish a seam with one of these nine seam finishes and when to use them. There are different seam finishes for knit and woven fabric.
How to Grade Seams: Trimming vs Grading
Trimming and grading seams are different but equally important basic sewing skills. Learn the difference between them, how to grade seams, and why to trim seams.
All About Interfacing
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!
How to Gather Fabric and Comparing Gathering Ratios
Learn three different ways for how to gather fabric and where to use each sewing technique. Gathering can be a tricky skill to perfect, but it's an important sewing technique to know.
Three Ways to Seam Rip
And isn't sewing great that you have a second, third, or fourth chance at sewing something? There are multiple ways to seam rip so you can find the way that works best for you.
26 Ways to Save Money While Sewing
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.
How to Sew on a Patch
Learn how to sew on a patch three different ways! See examples of sewing a patch onto a backpack, jeans, and a pouch.
How to Sew Vinyl
Learn how to cut vinyl and how to sew vinyl the easy way. Vinyl is a unique fabric and you can sew it with your home sewing machine.
How to Sew Lace
Learn all about how to sew lace to make beautiful handmade clothing. These sewing tips work for sewing and altering lace dresses.
How to Sew Felt
Learn how to cut felt and how to sew felt the easy way. Felt is a beginner sewing fabric, it’s perfect for kids, and it makes a good applique.
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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Do you love to sew? Learn about sewing clothes, perfect your sewing practice, and get free sewing patterns!
Would you consider giving a tutorial on making a hatband? My husband is an entertainer and wears a trilby daily to his shows. I would like to make interchangeable hat bands to coordinate with his clothing.