Finding Inspiration in: Learning to Sew!
I didn’t take Home-Ec in junior high, but I wish I would have! I taught myself to sew and there was a lot of trial and error! If you’re interested in learning, I’ve tried to detail the basic necessities for getting started.
Today’s post is dedicated to my sister-in-law, who has started a BIG adventure in the big state of Texas. She is hoping to make a shower curtain for her new apartment, and is going to teach herself how to do it! We miss you, L!
Basic sewing necessities:
There are a lot of great sewing machines on the market, but this is where I started (and hence, what I know). This is a great sewing machine for beginners, with lots of practical features like a built-in needle threader and a good variety of stitches. Husqvarna and Viking sewing machines are one and the same, and in 2000, they acquired PFAFF, the German sewing machine giant. With a solid reputation and over 100 years in the business, you can find them easily and most importantly, have them serviced easily, if the need arises. Check local retailers for specials, but you can buy this machine for about $320.00 (many retailers sell used machines that have been traded in for a different model – you can often score a great deal!).
There are lots of options when it comes to thread. Stick with those that are “general purpose” or “sew all” to avoid shredding thread while working.
There are several brands and sizes, if you’re only buying one, don’t buy the smallest. It’s hard to cut fabric on a small space, buy one that is at least 18″ x 24″. I prefer OLFA.
A rotary cutter is an essential sewing tool, if you want straight clean edges to start your projects. You can buy replacement blades when yours starts to get dull. Again, I prefer OLFA.
A good basic sized ruler for cutting on your rotary mat.
Yes, I just suggested needing a rotary cutter, but you’ll definitely need scissors for cutting thread ends or cleaning up corners. Buy a decent pair, they’ll last you a long time. These RazorEdged Scissors by Fiskars are my favorite.
If you’re learning to sew, you’re learning to rip seams. A seam ripper pulls out messy stitches without cutting your fabric.
A project! Start out easy (clothes are not necessarily “easy”) with a small blanket or tea-towel. You’ll learn quickly and not get discouraged. Use the web for tutorials and videos! Good luck!