Sewing machine practice sheets

Learn to sew and use your sewing machine with these Sewing Machine Practice Sheets.

I get a lot of visits from search engines from people who are looking to learn to sew, or looking for sewing tutorials and easy patterns.  If you are one of them – Welcome!  You’ve come to the right place. (I think…)

Sewing is enjoying a resurgence in popularity, fueled by shows like Project Runway, the UK’s Great British Sewing Bee and a similar show being filmed right now in the US by Love Productions.  So if you want to learn to sew, or want to help someone learn to sew, a child, grandchild, friend, then learning to use a sewing machine is one of the very first steps.

How can you learn? Get the Sewing Machine Practice Sheets

If you’ve not used a sewing machine or are a bit rusty, then you’ll want to practice your stitches before tackling some real projects.  Did you know that your sewing machine doesn’t just sew fabric?  You can sew paper too!  In fact, it’s the ideal way to start out and practice.

Learn to sew and use your sewing machine with these Sewing Machine Practice Sheets.

You’ll need to take a look at your manual or the directions on the machine for how to thread, and then why not print out these Sewing Machine Practice Sheets and give it a try?  These sheets are also a fun way to teach children to learn how to use the machine, control speed, turn corners and sew shapes.  It’s a great way to learn and practice without using up your fabric until you are ready.

More sewing tutorials


So once you’ve mastered your machine, where then?  Take a look at the So Sew Easy Tutorials Page.  You’ll find sewing tips and tricks from the basics of how to sew seams and what tools you need, through to making your own dress form and sewing darts and zippers. All perfect for when you want to expand your sewing skills.

Free Sewing Classes

There are also amazing Free Sewing Classes online if you want to get started.  That’s how I first learned.  I recommend the Sew Ready Machine Basics to guide you through setting up and using your machine, including troubleshooting and maintenance.  You could be making your first projects by the end of the day!

Where can you get some beginner projects?

Easy sewing projects for beginners. New to sewing? Find great starter projects here including bags, accessories, clothing, home decor, seasonal and more. From So Sew Easy. So Sew Easy is all about easy sewing projects.  I’m learning to sew right along with you so the emphasis is always on learning new skills, trying new fabrics and techniques, and sewing easy patterns that give you great results.  Some of my free patterns also come with video tutorials.

Don’t forget Pinterest.  Set up your own Free Sewing Patterns board or follow along with mine and you’ll never be short of something quick and easy to sew.

Ready to start sewing clothes?

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Once you have mastered some basic sewing skills, it’s time to start sewing for yourself, and it’s easier than you might think.  Join the Sew A Skirt series and you’ll learn everything you need to know to sew a custom fit, fully lined skirt from scratch.  There are tutorials from choosing fabric, to drafting a custom fit pattern, to darts, zippers, lining and hems.

How to Sew A Skirt. Beginners tutorial series covers fabric, patterns, cutting out, darts, zipper, lining, hems and more. You can totally learn to sew from this set of tutorials - from So Sew Easy.

Join the Sew A Skirt Series

I hope I’ve inspired you to dust off that old sewing machine and give it a try, or teach someone else to use a sewing machine.  It’s an absorbing, enjoyable and challenging hobby that can grow into so much more.

** Need help downloading the Practice Sheets ?  Take a look at this post on how to Download and Print PDF Sewing Patterns. **

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20 Responses to Sewing machine practice sheets

  1. Denise says:

    Hi Deby,
    I love your stitch tutorial! My 9yr old granddaughter wants to learn how to sew and I’m trying to find the easiest way to teach her. You just gave it to me. Thank you. !! I’m so glad I found your site and will be following you :)

  2. Jan says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing the practice sheets! I was going to use lined paper – but the kids will love these much more! I was going to teach my 6 yr. old granddaughter to begin to sew this year – but her 10 yr. old brother said me too!!!
    They were given a free machine by a friend and I have checked it out – works great! They both learned some hand stitching this summer and want to learn to sew – I am a quilter and make lots of stuff for them.

  3. sri says:

    Great projects for my students, since I want to share the idea on how to mend a broken Shirt or loss button or other simple things

  4. Sandy Pettigrew says:

    I think this a great idea. I’ve been looking for something to help my granddaughter get started in sewing. These practice sheets are just the thing.

  5. Sew Private says:

    I love the concept! Page 6 doesn’t print out fully. I get the circles and then a solid teardrop and then nothing. Anyone else having this problem? Thanks.

  6. Toni P says:

    This is great! I’m going to use this to help me remember my stitch sizes as well – I’ll write down the settings next to the stitch – whole punch it and file it away. I always do practice stitches before I start a new sewing project and didn’t know I could do them on paper. Plus my daughter has been asking me to teach her to sew – this is is nice intro to the whole stitch thing.
    Thanks so much!!!

  7. Hi Deby,
    I am really excited to find your blog! I have a sewing machine but haven’t had the guts to get started on it! I think this post will do the trick! :)

    • Deby Coles says:

      Yay, welcome. So glad we found each other. I hope you will find sewing as enjoyable and as much fun as I do. There are lots of things here for newbies to try and I always try to give tips and videos etc along the way so jump right on in. Happy to have you following along.

  8. Helena A. says:

    Hi Deby!
    I am thrilled you have posted this practice sheets!!!
    I have a 10 years old daughter that wants to learn to sew, and this is perfect to teach her!!! Thank you so much! I was looking for this for months! Keep your great blog!
    Kisses from Portugal!

  9. Rachelle says:

    These are so great! Some friends of mine want me to teach them to sew and these would be a great starting point! Thanks for sharing at the Life on Lakeshore Drive link party.

    Rachelle S.

    • Deby Coles says:

      Oh Rachelle, I just checked out your site and I’m mesmerized! Every single thing is absolutely adorable. You have some talent, and some patience for making all those small stitches! I’m sending you an email…..

  10. awesome! I need these tips and pages!

    • Deby Coles says:

      Hello and thanks for leaving a comment. I’m in awe of your sewing skills and projects. Some day, eventually, I hope I’ll be able to sew like you! As you can see, I still am very new and have a lot to learn, but its sites and projects like your that have me striving every month to learn and master a new sewing skill. Thanks for dropping by.

      • Wow! Thanks a lot! I am really flattered!
        You are doing great job! Your projects, patterns are nice and easy and you are helping immidiately others to start sewing. This is even more important.
        And there are even more useful things on your blog(s). Thanks for all information, hints and tips :-)

  11. Your practice sheets are a great way for a child to learn to follow a line, turn corners, etc. I agree with the comment above… they’d be great for practising FMQ.

  12. What a great collection of beginner sewing tuts! And the practice sheets are a great way to learn sewing. Those might also come in handy when learning free-motion quilting.

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