Learning to Sew is something you can and should do. It is easy and feels amazing to create practical, usable, necessary and beautiful items from scratch! But starting from scratch with no knowledge can be terribly frustrating, although it needn’t be. ALL sewing can be broken down into simple processes and steps that are easy to learn. You learn by doing with sewing, so your practice produces usable, lovely things. With each project your skill set magically increases, and you will find yourself effortlessly moving on to making lovelier and more complicated items with ease. Knowing a few things before you get started will make the difference between frustration and fun as keywords in your sewing journey.
The first consideration is your machine. You should know that some sewing machines are much easier to use than others. I bought a machine as my first step in learning to sew, and because I had no idea what to look for, I made a poor choice. I was able to teach myself to sew, but with a lot of frustration and headaches and not much fun. I had no idea that this was because my machine was poorly designed! Now that I know more, I can tell you that for the same amount of money, you can buy a machine that will last you for years and help you to sew happily, or you can buy a craptastic machine that might make you hate even the thought of sewing.
If you are buying a new machine, I strongly suggest Janome. It’s pronounced jah-know-me. I think that this company makes the most user friendly affordable sewing machines manufactured today. I often see amazing deals on these at Amazon and Overstock.com. You should also know that the machines sold through Sears under the Kenmore name now, are also made by Janome. Check all of these places to get the best deal on a new model.
These sewing machines are easy to thread, have drop in bobbins which are easier to load, and a clear bobbin cover so you always know how much bobbin thread remains. One of the frustrations I frequently experienced in my wrestling with an inferior machine, was running out of bobbin thread at inopportune times. This feature completely eliminates that problem.
Another frustration for a newbie sewist is threading the machine needle. Janome sewing machines have built in needle threaders that make this necessary task easy to do. Janome machines also come with plenty of other time and frustration saving features, such as automatic 1 or 4 step buttonhole makers, and more. But I know that if I had been able to learn on a machine with just these 2 simple features (drop-in bobbin and needle threader), it would have saved me a lot of time and effort and negative emotion!
If sewing is something you have ever wanted to do, you should know that you definitely can, and that it will bring you great joy. The first thing is a sewing machine. As I said, if you are buying a machine, I definitely recommend buying a Janome. If you have a machine already to learn on, then you want to read the manual and understand how to thread your machine. Once you have done this, you are ready to sew!
Start sewing with a simple project for which you won’t need a pattern. Great choices include pillowcases, 2 layer baby blankets, and simple bags. Even informal curtains are a suitable beginner sewing project. Patchwork is also wonderful practice for a newbie sewist. I have lots of easy sewing projects to recommend on my blog. There is also more info there regarding sewing machines. Next I will share here my beginner tips for sewing with patterns.