It can be hard work when starting a new hobby. The mental effort needed to make a decision on a safety project, the purchasing of equipment and supplies, and the act of beginning to sew can be daunting, certainly if you have no idea of where you should start. You may have even sewed before and made such things as an apron or fabric napkins. Maybe you made a duffle bag at school. It can be difficult to restart a hobby that you never quite got the hang of in a previous attempt. No matter what type of aspiring seamstress you are, here is a step-by-step guide to start you on your journey.
1. Take a beginner sewing class
Before you part with money to buy anything related to your hobby, take a beginner’s class. Even if you previously mastered pillowcases, napkins, and curtains, you should still take a class to help you get back into the swing of things. Call into your local fabric store and ask if they hold classes. If there isn’t one close to you, search for a private instructor online. Just one evening class will tell you if sewing is the right hobby for you or not. If it turns out not to be the case, you won’t have wasted an excessive amount of time and money.
2. Start with a simple project
While there’s almost certainly something that grabbed your attention and that had you licking your lips at the thought of making, it might not be the best idea. Or maybe you’re planning to make your very own wedding dress. But that wouldn’t be the smartest move either. As a newbie, you’re asking for trouble by starting with a complex project. All that ambition could turn into self-doubt, burn-out, and just a general distaste for a hobby that you never really gave a chance to.
So, like with any new endeavour, start small. For example, pillowcases are a satisfying and quick project, and perfect for beginners. Then you should think about your next steps, which could be a rectangular skirt with an elastic waist. As a beginner, look for a sewing project with mainly straight seams, and those that need woven fabric. Once you find yourself feeling comfortable when sat behind your sewing machine, start playing around with more advanced sewing techniques, such as gathering and zippers.
If you don’t own a sewing machine, or don’t have access to one, you need to get one right away. After all, you can’t start your sewing hobby without a sewing machine to work with. Fortunately, sewing machines for beginners are available at a very reasonable price. You can buy a simple, non-computerised, sewing machine today for just a couple of hundred pounds. If you aren’t ready to invest in one, check your local sewing studio to see if they rent one by the hour. Just make sure you at least have access to one.