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Learning How to Sew - Sewing Lessons

When people learn that I can sew, many of them often say to me "isn't sewing hard to do?" or "oh, I could never do that." These comments always seem strange because, to me, sewing is no big deal. After a recent conversation with someone along these lines, I began to think about it a little more, wondering why the idea of sewing is so intimidating to some people. One realization that I had is that I have been sewing since I was a child, so I have forgotten how frustrating and scary it was for me in the beginning trying to keep the fabric together, pushing it through a machine while pressing down on a pedal and hoping that I wouldn't stitch through my finger. Another realization that I had is that "sewing" encompasses a great range of skills from basic construction to garment fitting to using couture techniques such as hand sewing zippers. This thought led me to realize that I need to expand my overall knowledge of sewing techniques and learn some more complicated sewing skills.
Learning How to Sew - a seamstress

So, in response to these realizations of mine, I am creating a series of illustrated sewing lessons that I hope will inspire you to learn to sew, or help you improve your sewing skills if you are just starting out. The lessons will start by explaining the basics of sewing from the very beginning. In conjunction with the basic lessons, I will also be selecting various more advanced techniques to demonstrate. If the process is new to me, we will share the joy of learning something new together.

Please remember, when you are learning something new, to always try to be patient and kind to yourself during the process. At times, sewing can be as incredibly frustrating as it is rewarding. When your sewing machine thread knots up for the third time, walk away and make a cup of coffee or tea and then come back and rethread it once again. When it comes time to rip out a seam (oh yes, you will be ripping seams), close your eyes and take a deep breath first - don't just start jabbing at the stitches. You will rip your fabric or poke your finger (not that I have ever done that).

I hope that you will enjoy this series of articles. As I add the lessons, I will link to them below. So that you don't miss any installments, be sure to subscribe to the newsletter in the box at the bottom of this page and you will be informed of the newest additions to the sewing site.

Sewing Lesson Index

How to Use a Sewing Machine
How to Thread a Sewing Machine
Basic Sewing Supplies for the Beginner
How to Sew a Basic Straight Seam
How to Press Seams
Lined Lunch Tote - How to Sew Series
How to Sew Curved Seams
Zipper Pouch Pattern - How to Sew Series
Introduction to Hems
How to Make Cloth Napkins
Sewing Cloth Napkins - Mitered Hem
How to Sew a Blind Hem

Can't wait for the next lesson? These books are great resources for learning to sew:

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