6 Steps to Perfect Your Sewing Skills
Learning sewing skills takes both time and practice. However, nowadays, there are many opportunities for even complete beginners to obtain experience. With the right mindset, you’ll be learning and sewing projects in no time! Remember that every person makes mistakes when they are first starting. You will err, but these make the best learning opportunities. To get the most out of your sewing journey, follow these six steps.
Step One – Determine Your End Goal
Even at the start of your journey, you should have a final destination in mind. Typical end goals include:
- Mending clothes
- Home decor projects
- Seasonal decorations
Once you know how far you want your skills to progress, make a plan to reach this goal. Think about the sewing skills you will need. Each project requires mastery of a variety of techniques, the ability to work with different materials, and knowledge of specific tools. You probably will not want to start with a complicated project; however, you can use it to create a learning path. If you have a specific project you want to complete, look over it to see which skills you will need to learn.
Step Two – Pick Your First Project
Now that you know where you want to end, pick a project that will help you get there. A simple project involving straight lines and simple cuts might best suit an absolute beginner. For example, many classes start with pillowcases to teach basics techniques.
Each project should add one new method to your skillset. Picking projects with this in mind allows you to build your abilities gradually. Make multiple items of the same project to ensure mastery of the method. After you figure out cutting and straight lines, move on to adding emblements or using basis tape. Before you know it, you’ll be adding buttons, buttonholes, and zippers!
Step Three – Discover the Right Tools
Sewing has been around for thousands of years, and today’s seamstresses can choose from many systems and tools. First, decide if you want to learn to hand sew or use a machine. You will need to learn how to work with various types of material.
Also, patterns come in many forms including
- Online Printables
- Devising your own
The most traditional models, on paper, can still be purchased in craft stores. However, these typically do not include directions, only the pieces to cut out.
With the popularity of the Internet, companies and individuals started putting their patterns online to print on users’ home computers. You have to assemble these patterns after printing, and the website usually includes step-by-step instructions.
Some projects instruct you to cut basic shapes using measurements. You do not need a pattern piece to cut a rectangle. Measurements will suffice.
Eventually, you may be able to draft your patterns based on items you already own or measurements you take.
Step Four – Learn from Your Mistakes
Learning is a process, and mistakes are unavoidable. If you become frustrated, take a break. Walk away from your project for a few minutes – but make sure you pick it back up again. Many tools can help you overcome frustration by learning a new or better way including
- YouTube videos
- Sewing classes
- Local shops
- Experienced individuals
- Online classes.
As you fix your mistakes, you learn what you did wrong, and how to make sure you don’t repeat them. Also, you may find a new technique that works better or a helpful tool.
Step Five – Practice, Practice, Practice
Sewing, like many other worthwhile hobbies, can only be learned through many hours of practice. Start by making multiple copies of each project. First, fully complete one project. Then, you can set up an assembly line and cut out the pieces for various items at once. Sew them in stages.
You may consider gifting them when they turn out beautifully! Change the project to suit the person who will receive them, as it will also you to work with different styles and embellishments. You will learn to make adjustments resulting in substantial variations of the final project.
By starting with the basics, you build on your current skills as you pick new projects with additional techniques. The process of learning more complex sewing skills never ends.
Step Six – Make It Fun
Make sure you keep yourself interested and focused on your end goal. Every new sewist faces the temptation of discouragement. Overcome it by introducing new, fun fabrics. Take a shopping trip to your favorite fabric store – sometimes, a pretty bolt is the only motivation you’ll need! Here you can also find new tools to learn or make your life easier.
Involve some of your friends in your new hobby, or make new friends who are also interested in sewing. You can discuss and share projects with them to boosts everyone’s spirits.
Browse online for inspiration, but don’t set up unrealistic expectations for yourself. Pinterest, an incredible tool, should be used properly. Facebook groups can quickly answer any of your questions.
Perfecting Your Sewing Skills
As you begin your sewing journey, you will most likely need assistance. There is a lot to learn, and it can become overwhelming. Be sure to contact us if you have questions or concerns. Sewing is a life skill that will significantly help you. Before you know it, friends and family will be asking you to help them with a project!