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If you’re an aspiring sewer, you will love these Ultimate Sewing Hacks For Beginners that we’ve rounded up just for you! Beginners tend to get easily overwhelmed with using the sewing machine, how to sew zippers, which fabric to use or even just how to sew a straight seam. These hacks will definitely help you overcome your fears and get started!

Our best advice is to take your time. Sewing really isn’t hard but it can take some practice! Work slowly and try to master one new skill at a time. Once you have that one down pat, you can move on to the next. Before you know it, you’ll be sewing like a pro! We’ve got a bunch of posts here on a whole variety of sewing skills and tips to help you. We also have some video tutorials and free beginners’ sewing patterns too. Let’s jump in and start sewing! 

Ultimate Sewing Hacks For Beginners

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PARTS OF A SEWING MACHINE

When you take up sewing as a hobby, one of the things you’ll quickly learn is that there’s a whole lot of sewing terminology. And some of those terms describe the various basic parts of the sewing machine. You don’t need to memorize these – you’ll pick them up soon enough. In the meantime, this handy guide is great to keep on hand.

HOW TO PICK A SEWING MACHINE

When choosing a sewing machine, there are several factors to consider. So I thought I would write this post for you as a guide on how to pick a sewing machine. First, what level is the sewist who will be using the machine? If you are quite advanced in your sewing experience, you are likely to be unsatisfied with a basic beginner’s model. However, if you are just starting out, you may not need all the bells and whistles. These tend to be costly features that, as a novice, may never get used. It’s advisable to wait until you’re sure that sewing is a hobby you want to continue pursuing before investing in the higher end models.

Sewing terms for beginners

When you first start sewing, you may find yourself overwhelmed with all of the new terms being used. Baste, selvage, under stitch – it’s a bit like learning a new language. Some of the words, once you hear them, are pretty self-explanatory but others may require a bit of explanation. Here is a list or a dictionary if you will of sewing terms for beginners. I hope you find it really helpful!

Understanding sewing machine needles

Understanding sewing machine needles can really help you take your sewing to the next level. It will also help you better identify and solve problems during the sewing process. A lot of troubleshooting can be done by making sure you are using the proper type and size of needle. Keep on reading to get all the details you’ll ever need to understanding sewing machine needles. At the very end, there is even a printable that you can download to keep handy at your sewing station!

How to unpick a seam

Unpicking seams is just part of sewing! It doesn’t mean that you are a bad sewist – it happens even to pros! Since it is bound to happen, we should all know how to unpick a seam and how to use a seam ripper. Get my best tips and tricks on how to make it easier!

How to straight stitch

Straight stitching is the core of sewing! It is by far the most used type of stitching and as a beginner, the most important to learn and perfect. You are going to spend more time straight stitching than anything else when making your sewing projects so understanding how to straight stitch well is going to make a big difference in your final results.

THE ABSOLUTE BEST AND EASIEST WAY TO SEW A STRAIGHT SEAM

Sewing a straight stitch seems like the most basic of sewing skills. It is the most used type of stitching, especially when it comes to beginner sewing projects. It’s not as simple as some people make it out to be though. Keeping your seam lined up and perfectly straight doesn’t always go as smoothly as you might like. Don’t worry – there’s no need to get frustrated! We have some great tips on How to Sew a Straight Line that will have you perfecting this technique in no time at all.

Learn how to sew perfect corners.

Sew a perfect hem each and every time

Tutorial for the easiest way to sew a zipper

A guide to picking thread type

There’s more to choosing thread for your sewing projects than simply finding a matching color. Some people just reach into their sewing baskets and find the best match, but really, if you want to complete the best sewing project possible, there’s more to consider. You need to think about the fabric you are using and the project you are making. In general, the thread you use should match the thickness, weight, and other properties of the fabric you will be sewing on. Factors such as weight and thickness, fiber content, and purpose of the finished article should all be taken into account. 

Understand different types of fabric.

The best places to buy fabric online

Where do you go to buy the fabric for your sewing projects? Many of us picture that local sewing or craft shop but did you know that there is a fantastic assortment of places to buy fabric online? The advantages of shopping for fabric online are the convenience (you can shop in your pajamas!), the selection, and the deals. Here are my favorite / the best places to buy fabric online.

How to sew a rolled hem

Rolled hems are elegant and professional looking. When you are working with thin fabrics like silk or any kind of sheer fabric, you’ll want to know how to sew a rolled hem. While they are perfect for sewing nice looking blouses, dresses, and kimonos, rolled hems can be really tricky to sew. Once you have some practice under your belt, you’ll be sewing rolled hems in your sleep and teaching everyone you know how to sew a rolled hem. Let me show you how!

How to sew piping the easy way

Looking to add piping to one of your projects? Piping is such an easy way to take your project up a notch. I love a good pillow, cushion, or bag with pipping. Follow along with this post to learn how to sew piping the easy way.

How to topstitch like a pro

Topstitching is basically any stitching that is seen on the top or exterior of your project.

This can be intimidating because most stitches are done on the wrong side of the fabric and are never seen, meaning it is a litter easier to hide if you mess up. Topstitching is important though, for two main reasons. It adds stability and keeps things more secure as well as adding a pretty and decorative finishing touch.

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How to sew with faux fur

Sewing with faux fur can seem intimidating or impossible, but with these tips on how to sew with faux fur it is pretty easy! There are so many patterns out there right now that would look amazing made with fur. It is great for winter apparel and cozy home decor. I can’t wait to hear about all the things you make now that you have the tips needed to have success with it.

How to sew with knit fabric

Sewing with knit fabric isn’t difficult as long as you understand the differences between it and a basic non-stretch type fabric. Making sure you have the correct techniques and accessories on hand is the first step in simplifying sewing with knits. That’s why I am excited to bring you this post all about how to sew with knit fabric!

How to add a pocket to any dress

I personally think that all dresses should come with pockets. Don’t you? One time I had a dress that I didn’t realize had pockets and then like the 3rd time I wore it, I accidentally discovered them and it was like the best thing ever. That got me thinking that maybe I have found another use for my sewing skills- adding pockets to all the dresses in my closet. I figured out a pretty simple way and so today I thought I would share this post on how to add pockets to any dress. It is potentially life changing!

Check out 8 free sewing patterns perfect for beginners

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TONS OF SCRAP FABRIC SEWING PROJECTS

 Don’t you just love these Ultimate Sewing Hacks For Beginners? There are so many great tips here to walk you through every step of the way. We’ve got more to come too, so be sure to bookmark or pin this post so you can keep referring back to it again and again.