5 Sewing Tips for Beginners

The thought of making your own garments can be exciting but might turn out to be overwhelming once you get into the practical aspect.

No matter which machine you are starting with, as a beginner, there is a lot that will definitely throw you off and possibly turn your excitement into something else, if you are not well informed.

Therefore, it is important to consider the tips below so that you can progress through your sewing journey with ease.


  1.    Keep your sewing machine manual close by

Just as you would keep referring to your electrical appliance’s manual regularly when it’s new, so should you have your sewing machines manual at all times.

This manual will show you the whole labeled sewing machine diagram, which is important because as a beginner, there are some machine parts that you may hear being mentioned in sewing video tutorials, yet you don’t know where they are.

The manual will also give you a step-by-step guide on how to use your machine, enabling you to hit the ground running in a very short time.


  1.    Learn the various sewing terminologies

There’s a lot that goes on in the world of sewing. Consequently, there are very many terminologies that are used to describe various things, components and processes among many others.

In order to fully enjoy sewing as a beginner, it is important to learn about these terms so that your mind does not float around when discussions are being made about sewing.

To help you learn these, there are various sources that you can use. You can search these terms on the internet or use mobile sewing apps.

Mobile apps are the best option because they contain a lot of information about the terms, sewing machines, project organization as well as video tutorials to help you get started.


  1.    Understand your sewing machine

As much as a user manual might help you learn a lot about your machine, nothing beats a hands-on testing of the various functionalities of the machines.

Using a scrap piece of fabric, try out the different stitches patterns as well as the different stitch lengths and widths.

This way, you will get to better associate the instructions in the manual (theory) and the practical bit, which will make it much easier to master this craft.


  1.    Always start by hand

As you get down to the actual project, it is always recommended to start the few stitches by turning the hand wheel manually by hand.

This makes it possible to assess whether the fabric is too thick for the needle or whether there is any thread jamming before going full speed.


  1.    Keep the needle down

There are instances where you may want to move or rotate the fabric such as when stitching around a corner. In such a case, always remember to have the needle down, piercing through the fabric.

In this position, no matter how much you move or rotate the fabric, the next stitch will start from where you left off.

This technique is called pivoting and will help you achieve perfectly aligned seams across corners.



There are many more things that you need to know as a beginner but these 5 are the most basic tips. At least by following them, you will be able to produce some meaningful and presentable work at the end of the day.

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