You're a beginner and you're getting ready to start sewing.The best thing that can happen is success but there are a lot of things to remember. These ten pointers will help you be prepared to sew so that you are successful and happy with your sewing results. You'll want to sew more and more.
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Your Work Area
Your work area maybe the kitchen table but make sure little hands are safely away from all sharp tools and possible choking hazards. Safety gates are a wonderful thing! Very few people start sewing with a dedicated sewing room. Sewing rooms tend to be a dream that takes time to achieve for all most every one!
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Gather Your Tools!
You don't need a lot to get started but having the tools you do need within reach will allow you to keep sewing and concentrate on what you are doing. Having a Basic Sewing Kit is a great way to get started.
- Pattern and Directions - for the project you are doing. Having a sewing glossary book-marked will assist with terms you may not be familiar with.
- Scissors - even if you only spent a dollar on them, keep them dedicated to fabric only so they are sharp.
- Thread - Is There a Difference in... Thread? You be the Judge!
- Fabric - preshrunk and pressed
- Straight Pins
- Measuring tool - tape measure, yard stick, gauge,
- Sewing machine - if you are going to use one!
- Iron and Ironing Board
- Basic Sewing Tools
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Master Your Machine
Use scraps of fabric or rags to practice sewing straight lines and playing with the adjustments on your sewing machine. Learning on scraps will save you hours of mastering how to use a seam ripper! Learn about needle position and guides before you start a project so that you can focus on one thing at a time.
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- Sewing Machines 101 - Buying and Operating Tips
- Sewing Machine Troubleshooting
- Parts Of A Sewing Machine
- Skipping Stitches on Sewing... Machine Stitches
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Take the Time to Press!
Always press as you go. Press seams as they were sewn and then open or to one side. Press each step of your sewing processes so everything is pressed in place as you continue sewing. Keeping things pressed, flat and smooth will give you accurate results which leads to better fitting and a pleasing outcome.
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Even if you are going to use a sewing machine, there are times you will need to hand sew. Learn various hand stitches to be ready for task as they present them self.
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Saving Money Sewing
No one wants to break the bank when they start a new hobby. Walking into a fabric store can be a very intimidating experience if you don't know the tricks of the trade. Learn about fabric types and browse fabric suppliers online to learn what a going price is so you know what to look for locally.Find out about mailing lists and fliers. Stores that regularly offer discounts and coupons count on you knowing to use those discounts. Rarely does anyone pay the price you see when you walk in the... store.
Unusual Sewing Projects That Recycle or Upcycle Materials on Hand will guide you to projects that may not require you to buy anything and use those things that are laying around the house taking up space.