Sewing for beginners- steps to help start sewing

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By John Wick

Everybody wants to be so self-sufficient these days that they can alter their clothes and come to their rescue in tough times. Moreover, who doesn’t want to stitch their clothes exactly how they envisioned it and who doesn’t want to have new clothes every week/month? Sewing is the answer to all these demands. If one has an industrial sewing machines lying at home and wants to utilise it to its fullest, this article is for them. Below are seven detailed pointers on the dos and the tricks for sewing safe, and ideally, stay tuned for more information.

Keep aside someone with experience initially:

To learn and grow, one must have a mentor that already has experience with sewing. The mentor can be anyone, for that matter, a teacher, someone from the family or even a friend for that matter; having someone aside initially can forestall the chances of mishaps taking place and accidents happening while also receiving advice and tricks on the dos and don’ts while one is in the process of stitching.

This not only helps one in gaining expertise but also leaves them feeling secure in the process of learning and making mistakes as there is always someone they can go back to for doubts, that would not leave them feeling the need to start sewing later on when they have the chances of making zero mistakes in the fear that the whole dress might get ruined.

Takedown notes and keeps viewing them now and then for reference:

Making notes is quite the deal here, especially for amateurs in sewing; they are prone to making mistakes and notes that they have written might help them be conscious and alert on every little detail. The notes could consist of their theoretical knowledge that they might have grasped from a course or from an individual written on a piece of paper, in addition to all the essential pointers of advice. The size, waist, arm, breast, hips, back width and length of the dress need to be taken for the person and the type of dress to be made. These dress details need to be written down on a piece of paper and need to be viewed quite often when making the dress.

Keep all the things organised and ready for use:

All the tools and materials required to stitch and make a dress need to be present with one sewing at all times. Moreover, in the prior, they need to know about all the tools required and keep tabs on them at all times, and after the instruments have been bought, knowing how and when to use them is essential.

However, learning is relatively easy, but the hang of it can be gained perfectly only with a lot of practice and time of using these very tools daily. A measuring tape (to measure the above-given details), a large scissor in addition to a smaller one (initially on the early days of learning), a tailor’s chalk, a flat board for ironing clothes in addition to the iron, clothing and fixing pins, a tailors wheel and threads of different colours are mostly what’s required for all the amateurs who intend on learning how to sew clothes. These raw materials could be available at any supply store in Australia and can be ordered online or from connections with industrial sewing machines.

Get the hang of different measurements and variations for different body types:

This would take a while, but understanding and envisioning what would fit perfectly for one individual based on their body type and how the clothes fit their body is essential for sewing. After all, the clothes should fit and look good; it’s all that matters in the end. Not missing out on specific measurements while knowing how to take measures is very important.

There have been cases where beginners accidentally took a waist measurement an inch below the actual waistline that naturally affected the whole look of the dress, which is why it’s pretty important to practice taking measures on family and friends first while keeping tabs on it from the written paper now and then.

Make youtube and DIYs the ‘best friend’:

When starting to learn how to sew, taking support from YouTubers and DIY videos can show a physical demonstration on the screen quite perfectly and give the individual 10x more understanding than what a book or theory could provide. Moreover, starting slow initially is very important to ace more oversized orders later on. Starting by doing a few DIYs or making clothes for a barbie or a doll could help. There is no shame, and it’s completely okay in doing so as no one is born a pro at sewing.