New to Sewing? How Do You Get Started Sewing?

Are you new to sewing or have you been thinking about learning how to sew for years? You love the idea of making your own wardrobe pieces full of unique pieces, building up your basics, or making handbags that no one else has but you don’t know where or how to start. I love showing everyone my makes but I hear so many say they “wish” they could make things as I do. Well, I am here to tell you that you can!! Yes, there are some skills involved but when you get the basics you can make anything you want. So let’s get started building your skills.

Recently I had a sewing day with my nieces and we had a lot of fun. One made some basketball shorts and the other a lovely dress. It was so fun to see them work and their makes come together. They were so proud at the end when they got to try on something that was just a few hours before was a piece of fabric.

Sewing Tools
If you are new to sewing or working with a new sewist be sure to have the proper tools. My nieces both had a great start to their sewing setup that Santa and their parents have started for them. They each had a machine and a sewing basket full of tools. My brother while he sometimes does not admit knows how to sew and grew up with my mom and grandmother sewing and knows the tools well. But I did notice a couple of things that would make their sewing journey easier and more productive. I figured I would outline the top ten sewing tools for new sewists as I am often asked about the basics to get started with sewing. You can find the list in my Sewing Freebie Library. You can get the password by following the link at the bottom of this post.

Choose Beginner Patterns
Next, pick the first patterns carefully. For a new sewist, I pick an elastic waist skirt, shorts or boxers, or a very simple knit dress. McCalls has a line of patterns to learn how to sew.

Sewing Time
Sewing takes time so give yourself plenty of it. Don’t rush to complete a project because you will make mistakes. Also as you are learning sew for a couple of hours and then take a break or come back to it the next day refreshed. Don’t wait until you get frustrated before you take a break..

Space to Sew
Sewing takes space. It takes space to spread the pattern out and cut it and cut fabric and sew it together. Give yourself a good amount of space. Kitchen tables work well to cut patterns and fabric. I have also worked on the floor before. While it is not ideal it will work. I still will use the floor every so often when I am making very large projects. Just make sure whatever surface or wherever you store your sewing is clean and dry.

Patience My Friend
The first step to work with a new sewist or to learn sewing yourself is to be patient. I always tell students that at the end of the day it’s just fabric. The world will not end if you make a mistake and we all will make mistakes. I have sewn for over 30 years and I still make mistakes. So be patient with yourself or the new sewist you are working with.

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  • Reply
    May 6, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Wow, I have always been dreaming about my own sewed clothes! Such a good tips, thank you!

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    May 6, 2021 at 7:30 am

    Great tips, you just remind me my love for sewing as child, but I didn’t have enough support to continue learning. Now I have a sewing machine, but I do not have all the tools that I need. Thank you for sharing.

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    April 25, 2021 at 4:28 pm

    These are some great tips! I’ve never sewn before but now I know where to begin! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    April 25, 2021 at 3:20 pm

    These are great tips! Now they have youtube to learn and online classes, but when I was growing up there was no internet! Thank goodness my mother taught me how to sew. I should take a class though to get better at it.

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