Learn to sew with free downloadable sewing practice sheets. Practice those curves, straight lines, corners and turns.
I believe that if you really work and have the motivation to learn from your mistakes, you can sew your own clothes.
I've put together a list of tips I would give to anyone wanting to learn how to sew clothes and some free sewing practice sheets to master your sewing machine!
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Learn to sew
Determine your interest
You want to learn to sew clothes, but is this a phase that will last or will it disappear? It's not that I don't trust your interest, it's just that sewing in general is an expensive hobby.
It's a satisfying and worthy hobby, but if you lose interest, don't spend money on it.
If you're interested, see if you can borrow a sewing machine to try it out or go to a fabric or sewing machine shop to see if you can take a class and see how much you like it. These are the best sewing machines for sewing clothes.
Buy a good sewing machine
Now that you know you are really interested and have tried using sewing machines, it is time to buy a sewing machine. I don't think you need a fancy machine, nor an expensive machine.
You need a good machine within the price range you can afford.
My sewing professor in college gave me the advice to buy the best machine in my price range, even if it means buying a used sewing machine. The better a machine you buy, the easier it is to sell and upgrade later in your sewing hobby.
Check out this list of the best sewing machines for beginners.
Master your sewing machine
When you receive your machine, do everything possible to master your machine. Read the instruction booklet supplied with the machine. Check out all the parts and everything it can do.
If you purchased your machine from a dealer, check to see if the dealer offers classes on your machine. Find a YouTube video or blog post about your machine to learn everything you can.
Once you've read a lot, practice, practice, practice. At the end of the article I offer free sewing practice sheets that you can use with your cordless machine.
This is a great way to practice straight lines and curves. Then start practicing with fabric and thread.
Don't buy every tool
When you're just starting out, it can be very intimidating to read articles about the tools “you need.” Yes, I'm sure these tools are all great, but they can also be very expensive and you don't need all of them. THE. tools.
I recommend investing in a good pair of fabric scissors (which should only be used on fabric), pins, and a good seam ripper. (Here's how to rip a seam.)
These are the tools I use the most outside of my machine, and they were worth it. I could probably sew without most of my other tools if I had to.
Find out how you like to learn
Everyone learns and excels by learning in different ways. Find the way you like and use it as a learning tool.
There are great sewing books with information and projects, there are countless sewing blogs with tutorials, and tons of free YouTube videos with projects.
You can also take an online class with a teacher who answers emails, or find a hands-on sewing class with an on-site teacher to help you in your community.
Instead of starting with giant curtains or a floor-length dress, start with a small project to get you familiarized, like one of these free PDF sewing patterns.
Try kid-size leggings, a ruched mini skirt, or a pillowcase. You'll benefit from learning skills on a smaller project and you won't have to buy a lot of fabric. If you make a mistake (which we all do!), you won't feel bad because you started with something small.
Keep it simple
The evening dress, a new coat or a pair of jeans looks great and exciting. I recommend starting with simple, boring things to solidify those sewing skills, then moving on to fun, in-between things.
Try making a simple gathered skirt, apron and pajama pants. Once you're done, move on. You don't even have to wear them, but they will really help you train.
Choose a project
Now it's time to choose a fun project. Start with a beginner's sewing pattern or one labeled “easy” and follow the instructions.
Follow the pattern's directions for choosing fabric, so your first project is the right pair and you're more likely to succeed.
Analyze it and write it down
Know that everyone who sews makes mistakes and will continue to make them even as they improve. The important thing is that you learn from your mistakes.
Analyze your finished sewing project by examining it inside and out. Then write down what your mistakes were and how you can improve.
Make notes about the pattern you used about the difficult parts or what you learned, so that when you use it again, you'll be ready to do it better than before.
You'll finish a project and think it's amazing. You will be so proud of it!
A year later, you'll look back and be surprised at the mistakes you didn't see because you'll have improved so much. You will do a new project and be very proud of it, until you do the next best project and so on.
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