One of my biggest regrets in highschool was not taking Home-Ec class. I have always wanted to learn how to sew. When I was pregnant with my third daughter I just knew that I needed to learn. I got a basic sewing machine for Christmas that year and started to teach myself how to sew. What an adventure it has been! I definitely have a love/hate relationship with my sewing machine. There was a lot of trial and error learning how to do everything. The first thing I ever made was burp cloths and baby blankets. I made sooo many of them!
Since then, I have taught myself how to sew basic curtains and clothes using online tutorials. I never had time to leave the house and go to a sewing class at the local craft store, so online tutorials were perfect for me. I even found a tutorial on how to clean my sewing machine and how to adjust the tension when my stitches were all wonky.
If you are new to sewing then this post is for you!
Here is a round-up of beginning sewing ideas and how-to’s:
All Free Sewing is full of tutorials for beginners and free patterns and how-to’s. Here are some good ones:
FREE Ebook – Learn How to Sew with 8 Sewing Tutorials
How to Use a Sewing Machine – Getting Comfortable
How to Take Body Measurements
How to Use a Seam Ripper
Types of Fabric
23 Beginning Sewing Videos and Learn to Sew Tutorials – these are the best videos, very detailed!
Sewing Tips for Beginners from DIY and Crafts
Sewing Dictionary – Sewing Terms Explained for Beginners from So Sew Easy – this is really helpful. Some of the sewing terminology can be be downright confusing!
The Ultimate Guide to Sewing Machine Care from If They Would Only Nap
Ruffles and Stuff has some great Sewing Basic Tutorials:
The First Few Stitches
Threading Your Machine
Winding and Threading Your Bobbin
Sewing a Straight Line
These are the tutorials from Oh You Crafty Gal that I used to fix the tension on my sewing machine when it kept eating fabric and wadding up thread:
Trouble Shooting Your Sewing Machine
How to Fix the Tension on Your Sewing Machine
Once you feel like you are ready to tackle some projects, here are some great sewing projects for beginners:
900 FREE Sewing Patterns for Beginners from DIY and Crafts
How to Make Curtains from DIY Ready
5 Easy Skirts for Beginners
200 Plus Sewing Projects for Beginners from All Free Sewing
15 Sewing DIY Projects for Absolute Beginners from Me Sew Crazy
Here are some great deals on sewing machines, and a sewing kit that are perfect for beginners! Any of these would make a great Christmas gift!
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate)! She is a an eclectic, Charlotte Mason style homeschooler that has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!