You have decided to make your dream come true and learn to sew, but how do you get started? what is needed? What does not need? And how do you even begin to understand the instructions? We are here to help you in your first steps in the rich world of sewing. So, keep reading a guide to choose sewing machine for you.
Sewing machine: The natural place to start is to buy a sewing machine. There are so many sewing machines, with a variety of features and prices. To make it easier for you to decide which machine to choose, you can read our guide to choosing a suitable sewing machine for you .
Once you have a sewing machine, you should learn how to use it! Sewing machines can look intimidating, but don’t worry, if you bought a sewing machine from us you deserve a free tutorial, and if you need even two. We will not send you into the world without making sure you are happy with the machine and that you are in sync. To schedule a lesson contact the store at 073-776-8889. Also, for all Bernina and Brent machines you can find instructional videos on Bernina’s YouTube channel , so you too will forget for a moment how to thread your machine, you can watch the video and remember immediately!
In any case, if you get stuck and do not remember anything about the operation of the machine, sewing machines come with a user manual. So go back for a moment to the 90s, embrace all your reading muscles, and spend a few minutes reviewing the user guide.
Equipment: Before you start sewing there are some very essential things that you should have on hand.
Fabric, sewing thread , form , clippers , sharp felt scissors , pins , spools for your machine , chalk and tape measure . This is a very basic equipment list and not at all exhaustive, but these are the things you really need. If you want to prepare for sewing with cuts, it is recommended that you bring additional paper scissors (so as not to wear out your fabric numbers), and a sewing bar or Aristo bar , a curved bar and paper for copying cuts (transparent paper that you can see the cut you are copying underneath).
Tip: If you do not want to start spending a lot of money on many yards of fabrics, use old sheets. Most sheets are made of woven fabric, usually cotton, in a thickness that is comfortable to work with. These fabrics are perfect as a draft.
Basic terms: There are many terms that you will need to know and that may confuse you the first time you come across them. You can use our glossary as a kind of dictionary for beginners. Also, you will need to learn to work with the cuts and markings on them. A rule of thumb is to copy all markings from your section. It will usually be written next to each marking what he says. And if you do not understand what this term means, go back to the glossary again.
Sewing studies: You can of course study on your own, we have a variety of tips that can help you find your way around , and you can find many instructional videos online. But keep in mind that sometimes you need a guiding hand and someone to help at least in the beginning. Look for a girlfriend or relative who can pass on to you the hidden wisdom of sewing machine training, or consider taking some sewing lessons for beginners. Anyway, remember you are starting out, and sewing is a craft that requires experience. Forgive yourself for mistakes and do not expect perfection from the first moment. Over time you will see your improvement and you will be able to take on more and more challenges.
Project selection: Now that we’ve got the question, what to sew? A rule of thumb for beginners is straight lines. The straighter the lines in the cut, the easier it is to sew it. Look for cuts with straight and long lines, without too much embellishment and sophistication. A lot of home textiles can fit, like blankets, curtains, pillows and so on. Try to start with such projects before you move on to sewing clothes that need to fit a body that is usually not straight. Take a look at the variety of projects we offer on our blog , and the variety of free cuts we offer here
Practice on your fabric: You have equipped yourself with a machine, fabrics and everything else, you have found a shape that looks right for you, and now you are ready to start! So just a second, before you run, you should do a warm up with the fabric you have chosen for your project. Run it under the machine, sew a few stitches and make sure the machine and the fabric know each other and do not cause problems. You will thank yourself later. This is also a good workout, making sure your seams are straight.
Machine control: A bit like driving, you should practice control. So first of all make sure you control the sewing speed. Start from slow and careful sewing and slowly increase the speed. The higher the speed, the harder it is to make sure that the line you are sewing is indeed straight, so do not sew at a speed that is not comfortable for you. And how do you make sure the seam is straight while sewing? Note that on the tooth plate in your machine are marked straight lines, choose one line that will be your marking, and make sure that your fabric is always aligned to it while sewing. With a little practice you will be able to control the position of the fabric.
Do not underestimate ironing: a necessary step that many skip. True, it is a headache to stop in the middle of the swing of sewing and ironing, but ironing makes the difference between amateur and professional sewing and more importantly, ironing makes sewing easier. Need to cut the cut and there is a crease in the fabric? If you do not iron it all in the cut will come out crooked. Need to sew a hem and the fabric runs away all the time? Iron it first and it will obey you easily. Repeat the mantra: iron and do not be lazy!
Choosing the fabrics: Start with stable fabrics, which are easy to work with, like cotton. Stay away from liquid and smooth fabrics like satin silk and velvet. Also, note that the fabrics you work with are woven and not knitted (like T-shirts), or other stretch fabrics. The criterion for beginner fabrics is stability. The implication is that if you fold the fabric, it stays folded, or at least reacts to the fold and does not straight away and slips back to its loose state.
Be patient: it may sound general and vague, but patience is one of the important tools for a seamstress. If you do not have the patience the work will not turn out well. Take your time and invest in every step. Be patient with yourself and if your sewing. Experience will come with time and there is really no way to shorten processes. Therefore, patience.
Wishing you lots of success with your new hobby, and for any questions feel free to contact us for help! Our team at Bernina is made up of experienced seamstresses who can help in a variety of ways!