Tips for Beginners: How to Build Your Sewing Skills
If you are a beginner at sewing, no one expects you to produce a polished sewing project during your first few tries. However, that does not encourage you to lose your drive to work even harder to become a pro. To help you out, here are some few tips on how to build your sewing skills:
- Read and research
When building skills you need first to understand the basics; when it comes to sewing, reading sewing books and researching about sewing techniques will help you big time, this includes:
- Choosing the right fabric, needle, thread, and even sewing machine
- Proper garment fitting
- Proper cutting of fabrics
- Different techniques in sewing, which includes, hand sewing, sewing with a machine, and free motion when sewing
Also, you may learn more about sewing if you try to read sewing advice that you can find in social media; however, make sure that the online blogs and articles that you are reading are worth your time.
- Sew with a pattern
As most pro would point out to the beginners, patterns are essential when sewing a dress, bed sheet, bed cover, pillowcase, or any sewing projects. Even though making and following a pattern can be tough and challenging, it is one of the basic and essential ways to become a pro; in fact, even pro still creates a pattern to ensure a polished sewing project.
- Sew the same pattern repeatedly
Sewing the same pattern repeatedly can be unwise, but when you do that, subconsciously you are able to remember each step with few to no fail at all. You may try sewing simple patterns such as sewing skirts, bed sheets, pillow case, and even curtains. Then, if you are confident enough to work with another project, by all means, test your limits.
- Try sewing new things at a time
Do not rush things. Again, it would be wise enough to sew the same pattern repeatedly to fully grasp the technique when sewing your first few projects. Also, skipping some of the basic steps will only keep drawing you back from the start. So, try new things if you think you have done well with some of the basics.
- Sew according to details
Details make difference; do not be afraid of sewing some critical parts, for instance, the crotch, the lapels, the collar, the armhole, and more. This will help you become flexible when it comes to sewing any parts of a dress, pants, and more. Also, do not hesitate when trying decorative stitches; even though it is another skill that you need to develop, try at least just once for your specific project. If you think you are done with everything and you find the decorative stitches unpolished, try stitching some patterns until you are able to create a polished one.
- Keep practicing
The only way to succeed is to keep on practicing. No matter how tough and confusing sewing can be, do not lose hope and try practicing each pattern and styles until you find yourself skilled enough to become a pro.