Learning how to sew? Don't know where to begin? You've come to the right place! Featuring tutorials by both Annika and her favourite beginner tutorials from around the interwebs. You have just acquired a sewing machine. Excited by all of the cool design ideas running through your mind, want to make something RIGHT NOW, but even sewing in a straight line seems totally intimidating.
This simple tutorial walks you through some very basic sewing and fabric terminology, teaching you some important basic skills, while also making something you can show off at the same time!
But wait! I don't even know how to use a sewing machine!? Well, this tutorial from With Wendy along with a great beginner series has got you covered! Note: Each machine will have a similar threading pattern to Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needlebut to learn how to thread your specific machine, you should be able to google the name and model of your Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle to find out how Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle threaded :.
Handsewing from MADE Everyday - how to thread both "normal" and embroidery thread through a sewing needle. You can also watch With Wendy's tutorial on how to hand sew here.
Going to a fabric store for the first time can be totally overwhelming and intimidating. What do all of these things mean?! With Wendy has a fantastic overview on fabricshow to buy them, terminology, wovens vs knits, etc. It's a great resource for both beginners and more experienced sewists alike! I Didnt Know What Time It Was - Art Van Damme Quintet* - Martini Time (Vinyl, Album) you'd rather read than watch a video, using this Fabric Series from Colette, you can head into any fabric store with a bit more confidence, and also Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle what you're looking for!
Fabric Terms. What exactly is grainline and bias? An in-depth explanation of the construction of fabrics into the nitty-gritty of how fabrics are made and what they are made of! Here is an in-depth explanation:. What is the difference between knit and woven fabrics? When you're learning to sew, elastic can seem very scary. I made this lace cuff tutorial to give you an easy entry to using elastic, and to see how applying elastic affects material!
This video by iamKayElle also demonstrates 7 different ways to use elastic. The video-aspect is a bit warped hey, old school youtube!
Why circle skirts? Because they're extremely beginner-friendly, easy to make, timeless all Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle ever seems to change with trends is the length! I have a couple of Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle on circle skirts, that show you the basics! Using stretchy fabric no-zipper method with a full circle skirt 2. Using non-stretchy fabric and inserting a zipper with a half circle skirt [NOTE: These two methods can be combined to, for example, make a full circle skirt with a zipper, or a half-circle skirt with stretchy fabrics!
Hemming a curved edge. Circle Skirt calculator. I have a couple of tutorials on embroidery that will show you the verrrrry basics! The most basic stitches that Don Downing - Love Walked Out / Thread And Needle need to get started in I Was Barely Getting By - Casino Steel - Theres A Tear In My Beer are running stitchbackstitchsplitstitch and satin stitchas well as how to thread an embroidery needle.
You can learn all of these in the following tutorials:. DIY heart collar satin stitching and how to thread a needle. Embroidery words backstitching. DIY winking collar. Embroidering flowers - an easy decoration technique. For a great resource with both beginners and some more advanced techniques, tips and tricks, Shiny Happy World has a great section on Embroiderywith a bunch of free tutorials!
Style Sew Me. Professor Pincushion. Melly Sews. MADE Everyday. Zoe Hong. Q2HAN earlier tutorials. Images are from Colette Patterns. Once you've mastered sewing a straight line and a seam, maybe made yourself a circle skirt or tote bag and 99 different bows in all different fabrics, you might want to move onto something a bit more challenging! These sewing patterns teach you how to sew and give you an introduction into using commercial patterns, without Souvenirs, Souvenirs - Various - Les Rythmes De La Fête them seem totally scary.
Free tutorial: How to make a picnic blanket skirt. Paid patterns - I personally haven't used them but plan tobut I know a lot of people who love how easy they are! Colette Both free tutorials and paid patterns that are easy to understand, printable, and teach you sewing basics. Their patterns also cover a large range of sizes. Free guide to sewing hems. Free bloomers pattern. Paid patterns I highly recommend them, particularly the " Seamwork " patterns for "quick", beginner-friendly sews - the patterns are definitely worth the cost!
Plus-size patterns Not all of these patterns are necessarily beginner-friendly, but this page lists companies that make plus-sized commercial patterns, and The Curvy Sewing Collective is also a wealth of information on sewing and patterns for plus-size bodies! There is also an accompanying sew-a-long by Annika showing you how to turn the pattern into a swimsuit! Buying a sewing machine is like buying a car, and the decision depends on both your budget and what you want to do with it.
A more expensive one will have copious features and let you sew with almost any material, but you might not need all the bells and whistles until later on into your sewing journey.
However, it will let you advance more easily. In deciding on a sewing machine, you should consider both your budget and where you want your sewing to take you. I can only recommend from my own experience. My first sewing machine was the Brother JS series mine was the JSbut that was many years ago and currently available models will have different codes.
It's best on woven non-stretchy fabrics, however, so if you want to get straight into lingerie, swimsuit or knit-fabric construction, you might find it a little bit frustrating. They also don't tend to last very long a beginner Brother machine might last you 5 years if you're lucky.
If this is a hobby you really want to throw yourself into, then I highly recommend looking at Bernina machines instead. It is one of the beginner-level Bernina machines, however it's able to handle much more complex fabrics and has a LOT more stitch functions than a really basic machine like the Brother JS series.
I used mine for 5 years before acquiring a Bernina ambassadorshipand with regular care and cleaning, it still functions as-new. It is a machine that took my sewing from "beginner" to "intermediate", allowing me to sew things like knit fabrics, lingerie and swimsuits with more ease.
My current sewing machine is the Bernina Ba solid computerized machine. It can Mouvement Perpétuel (Mégamix, Part 1) - Zaak - Mouvement Perpétuel / Universal Dance at stitches per minute 15 per second which is really fast - I now complete sewing projects much faster than I ever could on my other two machines.
Similar models are the Bernina B and B I go through all the features of the B in this video here. Disclaimer: I am an ambassador for Bernina now, but that happened after I had already been using a Bernina sewing machine for 5 years. If you're confidently able to sew in a straight line, have some idea of how seams work, can sew two pieces of fabric together and you're looking for more of a challenge - check out the playlist I've made that's a step-up from beginner! This is my "confident beginner" playlist, to come and browse through once you've gotten more familiar with a sewing machine.
Alternatively, watch the playlist on youtube HERE. New Videos. Get Involved. Beginner's Sewing Resource. Beginner's Sewing Resources Learning how to sew? Sewing - Making bows You have just acquired a sewing machine. Solution: learn how to make fabric bows! Watch the tutorial. How to use a sewing machine generic But wait! Needle threaders are life-savers. Here is an in-depth explanation: What is the difference between knit and woven fabrics?
An introduction to elastic When you're learning to sew, elastic can seem very scary. Circle Skirts Why circle skirts? You can learn all of these in the following tutorials: DIY heart collar satin stitching and how to thread a needle Embroidery words backstitching DIY winking collar Embroidering flowers - an easy decoration technique For a great resource with both beginners and some more advanced techniques, tips and tricks, Shiny Happy World has a great section on Embroiderywith a bunch of free tutorials!
Patterns that teach you how to sew Once you've mastered sewing a straight line and a seam, maybe made yourself a circle skirt or tote bag and 99 different bows in all different fabrics, you might want to move onto something a bit more challenging! Free tutorial: How to make a picnic blanket skirt Paid patterns - I personally haven't used them but plan tobut I know a lot of people who love how easy they are!
Free guide to sewing hems Free bloomers pattern Paid patterns I highly recommend them, particularly the " Seamwork " patterns for "quick", beginner-friendly sews - the patterns are definitely A Time Past (H.Exe Remix) - Unsinn - A Time Past (CD, MP3) the cost!
My current sewing machine, the Bernina B What is a good beginner's sewing machine? Beginner's Sewing Playlist And, finally, you can also watch this playlist of Annika's videos which has been made for total beginners.
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