Ages ago, when I was a little girl, I remember standing by my mother’s side as she used her huge black intimidating-looking sewing machine. I watched in amazement as she seemed to create things by magic with that loud cast iron machine. I also remember the first time that she asked if I wanted to try it and the feeling I got when I completed my first sewing project. It was a small pink pillow that I made for my doll Alice. I was so proud of myself and couldn’t wait to sew something else. My mother was more than willing to teach me and over the years showed me the ins and outs of everything sewing. I owe all of my skills and knowledge to her.
Today, many girls grow up in homes where their mother doesn’t sew or there isn’t even a sewing machine in the house. With sewing growing in popularity, many young girls (and boys) are wanting to learn this skill. Thankfully, in this day and age there are a ton of resources and methods that can teach anyone how to sew.
The first place I would recommend is to ask your family and friends if they can sew. It is quite likely that you will find someone in your family or circle of friends who is proficient at sewing and may be willing to teach you or at least help you get up and running. They may even be so nice as to let you borrow their sewing machine if you don’t already have one. You can then get a good idea of the types of features you may or may not want on the sewing machine you will purchase. If you are looking for a beginner sewing machine you can start here.
With the explosion of the internet, there are tons of resources online for you to use when learning how to sew. There are many websites with free tutorials, PDF downloads, videos and more. Here are some places where you can start:
I’ve taught many sewing classes in community centers and believe this is an excellent way to learn how to sew. Depending on where you are from, you should be able to find sewing classes in your local college or in a community center that you can enrol in. Many are very inexpensive and it is a great place to get the basics and more. I really like face-to-face training because you can get someone’s feedback immediately and also get help or ask questions when you are stuck or just curious. However, not everyone is from somewhere that has access to face-to-face lessons, but there are still other ways to learn that are still very good.
Books are also a great resource when teaching yourself how to sew. There are dozens of excellent beginner sewing books out there that can teach you the basics of your sewing machine or bring you through a series of projects starting with easy ones all the way to more advanced ones. I love the project-based books as they make learning fun and also gets the creative juices flowing. Don’t shy away from the books that can teach you how to take care of your sewing machine though. It is important to take good care of your machine so it performs as expected and doesn’t break down on you.
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There has been a big boom in online classes in every area you can think of. Sewing is no different. There are quite a few people or websites that offer online classes now; many of which are very good.
Craftsy is a great website that has a lot of sewing classes for people of all different levels. You can learn how to use your sewing machine, make a dress, garment basics, and much more. If you are interested, they are on sale right now, up to 50% off. You can also see reviews for each course from students who have actually taken them so you can get a good idea of what to expect.