Tips for Learning to Sew Part One

It's the beginning of a new year. A fresh start for anything. Why not learn a new hobby? For those who have been wanting to learn to sew, now is a great time to begin. Many times, the thought of learning to sew is overwhelming. It seems to be a hobby that takes up a great deal of time and could cost more than you really want to spend. However, neither of those are true. Especially when it comes to learning. Below, we have if you tips and steps you can take to help you begin your brand-new sewing adventure in 2017!

Tips for Learning to Sew | Fabric in Portland
Take a class. This is the best way to learn how to sew. If you're not sure where to start with finding the perfect class for you, talk with your local fabric shop. They should be able to steer you in the right direction.

Start simple. Before you go all out and buy everything at the fabric shop, consider starting slow. That means starting with simple projects that require a little tools and materials. When she began to get the hang of things, then you can venture out and be more generous with your purchasing. However, don't jump in to quickly with more complicated projects. There are several things to so that will help you start small. Consider pillowcases, skirts with an elastic waist and rectangular shapes, or Nice tote bag. These easy projects will help you start slow but learn along the way. You can also learn what fabric in Portland is best for these small projects, as well. 

Invest in the sewing machine. It doesn't have to be expensive but having one that works properly is key. Most sewing machines are reasonably priced. However, if you can't afford one yet consider borrowing one from someone the very least. Do you have an old sewing machine that doesn't work well? Go ahead and get it serviced. There should be some type of sewing machine repair shop in your area. Sometimes, fixing old machines aren't cost-efficient. Be sure to inquire about an estimate before having it repaired. Sometimes, it's better to just replace it.

Learning to sew should be fun and exciting. It’s easy to get burned-out though. Try not to allow that to happen. If you find yourself getting frustrated, walk away for a while. Also, don’t be afraid to ask for help from your instructor or peers you meet while taking a class. They’ll be very helpful in this new journey.

We hope these tips and the ones you’ll find in our next blog post are helpful during your experience learning to sew! Be sure to visit back with our next blog post, soon.


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