Video: My top five sewing tips for beginners

Sewing our own clothes are super fun and rewarding, but it’s not always easy. I think many of us started out with a pretty high rate of unwearables when we first began making our own clothes. I think mine was like 40%, lol! Hence why I decided to make this video where I share some of the best practices that I think are essential to a good end result and to avoid disappointments. Of course, I’m barely scraping the surface here and there are lots more great advice out theresew, so please share your best beginner tips too!

Addressing the beginner perspective and talk about skill improvements are topics that are very dear to my heart, so I have done a bunch of other videos related to this topic too:

Five sewing mistakes I did as a beginner sewist

Better sewing skills and less mistakes: My sewing smarter journey

Tired of my sewing mistakes! What I’m doing to improve my skills


    April 22, 2018 at 11:07 pm

    Measuring is probably the most important. You need to measure again and again to ensure that what you make will fit you. Most people who start sewing are shocked when they find out exactly what size they are in the pattern world. For beginners it is difficult to do pattern adjustments. It is something that comes with experience. For beginners it is important that you start with easy to sew projects . Fitted clothing is too tough for a beginner. It would be like having a beginner make the burdastyle tailored jacket you just did. Not impossible, but extremely difficult. This is where taking some classes can be helpful.

    The next most important thing for a beginner, is get to know your sewing machine. Read the manual, understand all the stitches and what they are used for, same goes for using a serger. Nothing looks more hideous then seams finished with a zigzag and not a serger. Take classes from your sewing machine dealer to learn the ins and outs of your machine, what it can do and not do. Practice each one of the stitches and take time for each project to test on your fabric before you start the actual construction.

    For beginners, know how to use the right presser foot for each job. This improves your sewing results greatly. I learned this the hard way. I use to use on 2 feet for everything – zigzag and buttonhole foot. Now I use multiple feet for each project depending on what I am doing. As an example, when I do top stitching, i use both a edge stitch foot and a blind hem foot so that my parallel stitching is perfect.

    Obviously there are more things but i think picking projects where fitting is not a big issue, easy to work with fabrics, all will go a far way for success and give your confidence a boost that “you made that” The biggest complement for any home sewer is when others ask you where you bought that instead of did you make that.

    • Johanna
      April 24, 2018 at 11:57 am

      Excellent suggestions! I so agree about the measuring part and this is where I see many beginner sewists (and beyond) make the mistake of skipping this step. And you bring about a great point about sewing machine skills and using the right tools, again so easy to forget to learn but so crucial for the end result.

  • Karen
    April 23, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Thanks 👍 Great advice


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