There are lots of reasons to learn to sew, it is fun, it is a way to express your creative side and it can save you loads of cash. As your skills develop you have options of creating clothes for others or creating your own designer masterpieces. What do you need to get started? Start with the sewing basics and then you can go from there.
A Basic Machine
Before you take a sewing class or have a friend teach you how to sew you’re going to need a sewing machine. Sewing machines can run the gamut from super simple basic models to highly sophisticated computerized models. Don’t go overboard and buy the most expensive complicated machine you can find. Start with a good model that does basic stitches and it is simple to use. Take the time to go through the owner’s manual and learn the different functions it is capable of.
Other Sewing Supplies
Aside from the machine there are going to be other supplies that you will need. As you do more sewing you will end up buying more supplies and it doesn’t take long before you have a cupboard full. To start with you will need a hand sewing kit, not everything can be done with a machine. You’re going to need some thread but you will get thread each time you start a new project, you will need extra bobbins and pins. You may also want to get your hands on a needle threader to make your life easier. A couple of pairs of scissors will also be needed, shears to cut fabric and smaller scissors to cut thread, seam ripper, measuring tape and a fabric marker.
Some Place to Sew
If you have the space then a sewing room is ideal but if that isn’t possible then you need some place with enough space to cut fabric and use your machine. Most people who don’t have a sewing room can use the kitchen table in a pinch. Not ideal but it can work. You can also try to set aside a corner of your living room or your bedroom to set up your machine.
Sewing is a great way to relax, explore your creative side and make yourself a whole new wardrobe. There is no end to things you can do once you learn to sew, you’re not limited to just making clothes, there’s quilting or interior design. No matter how you express your creativity there is lots you can do with some fabric and a sewing machine.