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How to Start Sewing: Basics and Resources

When it comes to sewing for beginners, where do you start? This sewing guide will walk you through the basics.

Updated May 15, 2020
How to Start Sewing Basics and Resources

Whether you've bought all of the sewing basics that you need, maybe even invested in a new sewing machine and some gorgeous fabric, or simply have a tiny travel sewing kit and that's it, you're in the right place.

You’re brand new to the art of sewing, and you are ready to learn how to sew.

As you might have guessed, in order to learn how to start sewing, there is a lot you need to know before you get going. This guide, How to Start Sewing, has you covered with some beginner tutorials, ideas, projects, and more.

If you’re dreaming of making gorgeous projects but starting to feel frazzled and confused on exactly how to start sewing and where to being on your how to sew journey, AllFreeSewing is here to help.

On this site, you will find hundreds of beginner and easy sewing projects as well as the sewing basics you need to know in order to learn how to sew and jumpstart your sewing hobby. The reference pages below are your first steps.

How to Start Sewing: How to Sew Basics

Below, we're sharing our beginner articles, guides, and resources to help you learn everything you need to know about sewing. Being a beginner can be overwhelming without a mentor. With us, you will be ready to start in no time! Even folks who have been sewing for a little bit will still find these resources helpful. So, take a look and click on what you need to learn!

Start with watching this video tutorial on the sewing tools you'll need. This List of Basic Sewing Tools video walks you through everything you need, along with notions you might want to get later. Interested in some non-conventional notions? Check out our 14 Unconventional Sewing Tools article.
 

How to Start Sewing Checklist

There are a lot of steps to learning how to start sewing. Depending on how neat and tidy you like to be, you will need to learn how to wash and how to press fabric in order to make sure your projects are flawless. Since there are so many little steps, Seams and Scissors created this How to Start Sewing Checklist for sewing newbies.

Click here for the How to Start Sewing Checklist.

Glossary of Sewing Terms

This is the ultimate resource for brand new sewists. If you want to know how to start sewing, you need a list of sewing terms on hand when that tutorial or pattern uses some baffling vocabulary. Read this fantastic list of sewing terms or keep it on hand as your translator.

Click here for the Glossary of Sewing Terms.

Types of Fabric

Learn what type of fabric to use for your projects with this helpful list of fabric types and infographic on which material to use for different wearables. This is yet again another printable you are going to love! You might even want to print it out and bring it on your fabric-finding endeavors.

Click here for the Types of Fabric guide.

Types of Thread

Yes! The different types of thread matter when it comes to starting a project. From far away all threads look exactly alike, but once you learn how to start sewing you will become familiar with the differences. In the meantime, use this handy sewing resource and free printable!

Click here for the What Types of Thread to Use guide.

How to Cut Fabric

Fabric is not cheap and if you do not know how to cut fabric properly, it can do some serious damage. That's why we have this quick guide on How to Cut Fabric. This resource is going to provide you with the basics of cutting fabric for sewing and more.

Click here for the How to Cut Fabric guide.

How to Sew a Straight Line by Hand

Straight lines are always difficult. Drawing a straight line, cutting a straight line, and especially sewing in a straight line. With this page, we will go over some tips, tricks, and techniques for learning how to sew straight.

Click here for How to Sew a Straight Line by Hand.

How to Read a Sewing Pattern

It's important to learn how to understand a sewing pattern because sewing a dress, a pair of pants, shirt, or other items is a process that takes time, energy, and money that you don't want to lose. Even though every pattern has a particular set of instructions, sewing symbols, and notes, these sewing tips and tricks for patterns will help you gain knowledge to be prepared for your next project.

Click here for How to Read a Sewing Pattern.

Below, you will find one of our popular videos on how to read a sewing pattern. Simply press the play button to watch.
 

How to Use a Sewing Machine: Getting Comfortable

If you are just learning to sew, you are probably intimidated by sitting down at a sewing machine. While they are amazing inventions, they are also a big piece of machinery with a sharp needle. Yikes! Learn how to use a sewing machine and get comfortable with your sewing machine with this excellent tutorial from Deby at So Sew Easy!

Click here for How to Use a Sewing Machine.

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