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.
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?
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?
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.
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. **