Sewing tips for beginners

New to sewing? Like any hobby, there are hints and tips to master to make it easier. Let us make the learning curve a little less steep by offering these tips.

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Warm and cosy

Make sure when you start sewing that you are comfortable, warm and cosy so you can really make a great start and you won’t have to move to far with little distraction. To provide you with heat in almost any room in the house you could try Stoves Northern Ireland company at http://www.stovebay.com/stoves#.XPYrbYhKhPY to give you a nice cosy room to work in.

Threading elastic

You probably know to use a safety pin to help thread elastic into a waistband but have you ever had the problem where the elastic gets caught in the casing of the pin? Avoid that by using two safety pins, one that you use to thread and the other holding the elastic.

Even stitching

If you are hand sewing and want to have even stitches, run the pieces through an unthreaded sewing machine first. That will give you guide holes to work from and ensure your stitches are perfectly spaced.

Straight stitching

An easy way to get a straight line to guide your stitching is to put masking tape down the edges of your fabric. It won’t mark the material and will give you a super-straight but flexible line to follow – and you can sew through it without damaging your needle. This tip doesn’t just work for fabric, Good Housekeeping recommend masking tape to help get your eyeliner straight too!.

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Tacking

Tack pieces together from both sides, using different colour threads. Leave long tails, so when you pull the fabric apart it comes away easily and you have a sewing guide on both pieces you can easily follow.

Fabric

Buy your fabric online to keep prices keener. Choose from a range of cotton fabric online from a reputable supplier.  Most companies will send samples if you want to see and feel the fabric before you buy.

Buttons

If you want your buttons to have the look of a shank, but can’t find them in the style you like, you can create one with thread. Simply put something like a bobby pin or lolly stick (depending on how big your button is) and sew around. Once you’ve finished, secure the shank either by winding thread around or securing with blanket stitch.

Upcycling

Rather than making from scratch, scour charity shops for men’s shirts or larger blouses that you can re-make. Pin your pattern pieces on carefully to make use of pockets or pre-existing seams.

We hope that you’ve learnt something from this article. Happy sewing!

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