Basic Sewing Information for Beginners

Learning a new hobby or craft is exciting. One popular crafting skill is sewing. Sewing can not only be a beneficial skill, it's just plain fun to learn and do. The word itself can take on several diverse meanings; from hemming a skirt to designing and creating your own wardrobe of clothing. Many people think that sewing must be terribly difficult to master, but honestly, if you can read and thread a needle you can most likely learn to sew. Given the right basic instructions and with enough practice just about anyone can learn to sew.

Now that you've decided to learn a bit about the basics of sewing as a hobby, perhaps you're wondering where to find the right lessons or instructions. One very easy and popular way to learn to sew is by taking a local class at a fabric or sewing machine sales store. Many craft store offer sewing classes from beginner to advanced skill levels. Very often the fees to sign up for the classes are minimal, and you sometimes may receive discounts on merchandise as well.

Another avenue to look into for finding sewing classes may be at your community college where adult continuing education classes are offered. You can meet new friends with similar interests as yourself while learning a new craft.

For most folks, learning to sew and construct useful items for the home is taught to them as children from mothers, grandmothers or other older family members. If you have friends or family who already know how to sew, ask them to show you where to start. They may be willing to give you basic sewing lessons, or be the person you call when you're stuck on a sewing project and can't make something work the way it should in the pattern.

With the wonderful online world we live in now days, there's an abundance of information available on the internet for learning how to sew. A simple search will glean you page after page of links to free and paid online sewing lessons and tutorials. Don't forget the most obvious sewing resource, books. Your local library most likely has all of the information you need to get you started. Amazon.com too can provide you with new and used reference books on the art of sewing.

When you start to delve into the world of sewing, you'll notice that there is a specific jargon involved. Most crafts have their own language and sewing is no different. Once you learn what certain words and phrases mean, learning to read patterns and understand the process of sewing will no longer be so overwhelming.

Your first sewing craft project should be an easy, basic one that will take you step by step through the process so that you learn one skill at a time. You may consider making a simple pillow for your couch or bed, or perhaps an easy to sew skirt for yourself or friend. There are also many craft projects that involve sewing that may be fun for you and at the same time allow you to learn new sewing skills.

So often when we learn a new craft we become so excited about the idea of creating that we go out and spend a ton of money on the biggest and best gadgets and machines out there. In the case of sewing, however, that's just not required. All you really need is a simple sewing machine and basic sewing essentials like patterns, fabric, a measuring tape, scissors, pins etc. Remember, you're just getting started with sewing, and you may find along the way that it's just not your cup of tea. And once you really know what you're doing, you'll know exactly what you need and don't need to be a top notch sewing crafter.

No matter how large or small your sewing goals may be, with practice you can learn to sew. Sewing is not a hard skill to take on, so get out there and learn how. Just think of all the wonderful things you can create with your own two hands and some fabric!



By: Sherry Frewerd
























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