Sewing Ideas and Tips

Learn to sew: Sewing tips and ideas for getting started

Sewing is a popular hobby today. It is creative, easy to learn and for many a welcome change from the dreary work routine. We have listed sewing ideas and tips and we’ll show you what you need to keep in mind when you start.

That’s why you should start sewing

Many people nowadays work at their desks and long for a craft activity. This is precisely why hobbies such as sewing are currently very popular. Not only does it require your skill, but your creativity and imagination are also in demand. It puts a strain on your head, but just to the extent that you can forget your everyday stress for a moment.

There are no limits to your creativity when sewing. You can work with different fabrics, cuts, colors, patterns, and techniques and have created your very own creation in the end. If you are finally able to sew your own clothes, you can refine your individual style. Your homemade parts are individual. Mainstream fashion certainly can’t keep up.

The right sewing equipment

Sewing machine

Before you start, however, you still need the right equipment, starting with the right sewing machine, of course. You should pay attention to this when buying:

Easy operation

You should avoid that the operation of the machine is too complicated. Start at the beginning with a simple and affordable model. The fewer buttons, the better for you as a beginner. The respective settings only become important if you want to sew more complex parts. It is best to use a robust device that forgives your beginner mistakes and is easy to use so that you do not have to torment yourself through a thick manual before getting started.

The most important functions

However, you should pay attention to a few details. The presser foot should be moved up far enough so that you can also process thicker fabrics. Furthermore, you should make sure that the most important stitch types are available. These include zigzag, buttonhole, quilted and straight stitch.

Automatic thread tension

Even if you prefer a simple machine at the beginning, it should already have some automatic functions. Your machine should have an automatic thread tension because as a beginner you probably can not yet assess such functions.

Sufficient guarantee

Finally, you should buy a sewing machine with a sufficient warranty. Good manufacturers usually offer a multi-year warranty. Since the technology of sewing machines develops rather slowly, it is not necessary to renew the sewing machine especially often. A long warranty is therefore important to enjoy the machine for a long time.

Sewing accessories

Furthermore, a good sewing machine also has sufficient accessories. As a rule, this includes various needles, sewing feet (for example for zippers), several sewing coils, a separator, and a dust cover. These parts can usually even be stored in the sewing machine, usually in a small compartment that can be pulled out at the side.

Of course, a sewing machine is not enough to start sewing, because you still lack some other important utensils:

Fabric scissors

For sewing, you also need a pair of scissors. Normal household scissors are not enough to cut the fabric clean. In return, you can not use the fabric scissors as household scissors, because the Blades wear out and the fabric can no longer be cut well. Good cloth scissors are often not cheap. Nevertheless, the investment is worthwhile, because you make sewing easier and save the fight when cutting through a good cut.


Pins are also very beneficial when sewing because with them you can sew the fabric without damaging it. Especially as a sewing beginner, it is worthwhile to procure a large number of pins, because, in the beginning, staking is indispensable in order to obtain a good result. Needles with heads are particularly recommended as they are easier to handle.

Sewing thread

Sewing thread is usually already available in large Sets with many colors At Reasonable Prices. But also here it is worth paying attention to quality because the cheap thread can easily tear. Especially as a beginner, threading the yarn is not exactly easy and a good thread is worth it to get around this.

Sewing chalk

With the sewing chalk, you can mark the fabric without painting it permanently. Especially when cutting, it helps to make marks for you beforehand. Sewing circles are ideal for this purpose. Once you have finished your part, you can remove your marks with the next wash.

Measuring tape

To sew your own parts, you also need a tape measure so you can take reasonable measurements. You can use it to measure sizes, but it can also be helpful when marking the fabric.


Iron can also make sewing easier. If you want to sew the fabric around, it is recommended to iron the edge into the fabric beforehand. This makes the fabric easier to pin down. Sometimes staking is then certainly no longer necessary and ironing facilitates sewing already enough. In addition, it is recommended to iron the fabric again and again before sewing and also in between. If it folds or if it is completely crumpled, this makes your work extremely difficult.

The right fabric

As a beginner, cotton fabric is particularly suitable, as this can be processed most easily. In addition to this, there are also all sorts of different types of fabric, which can be processed more or less easily and usually require special needles and thread.


Jersey fabric is elastic and therefore usually particularly difficult to sew for beginners. Special needles and a special Jersey stitch help to process jersey. The fabric is usually knitted by machine and is made of cotton, polyester, and viscose.


Jeans or denim is a very thick and robust fabric. A very thick needle is required for processing. It is very tightly woven and therefore hardly stretchy.

Other commonly used substances are:

  • Cord
  • Satin
  • Fleece
  • Felt
  • Velvet
  • Tulle
  • Tweed

Thread the thread

If you have your sewing equipment together, you can start sewing. But before you can start, there is another hurdle ahead: threading the thread.

A sewing machine basically sews with two threads: the bottom and the top thread. The upper thread is the actual sewing thread. It sits at the top of the machine and is guided long at the front of the machine and finally pulled through the needle. The lower thread sits under the stitch plate on which is sewn. After winding, the lower thread is inserted under the plate and then pulled upwards through a small opening with the help of the needle. Each machine works a little differently, but threading always works similarly:

1. Coil the thread on

Your sewing machine should have several sewing coils. You start by winding one of the coils. To do this, take the thread and attach it on top of the designated holder. Then you put the coil on another bracket, which is usually marked as the coil bracket. Through a hole in the coil, you insert the thread from the inside out. So the end of the thread should look out of the coil at the top. Then you let the coil snap into place and hold the end of the thread. Now you just have to step on the Pedal and the coil will coil itself.

2. Set the bobbin in the bobbin case

After you have wound up the thread, you separate it. On the spool is now your lower thread. Now place the coil in the coil capsule under the stitch plate. You let the end of the thread hang out on the side and then later pull it up through the stitch plate with the needle.

3. Insert the upper thread

The upper thread sits on top of the machine on a bracket. Now it is zigzagged in front of the machine and then threaded into the needle. Usually, the path of the thread on the machine is marked with arrows. In the end, it is passed behind the needle on a small hook and finally pulled through the eye of the needle. A threading aid, which is usually integrated with the machine, can help. When both threads are ready, pull the threads backward so that you have a little leeway. Now it can start.

Tips for your first stitches

Get help

In the beginning, it’s easier if you get support from someone who already has some experience in sewing. You can ask friends, family, acquaintances, but also take a sewing course. Here you learn the basic knowledge and even simple parts to sew properly. Sewing courses are offered everywhere because sewing is a popular Hobby. If you are not lucky and the next sewing course is offered only a few kilometers away, you can also get help on the Internet. Here you will find websites, blogs, and videos that deal with the topic of sewing and give you helpful tips.

Put off your perfectionism

Say goodbye to the idea that everything must look perfect right at the beginning. You’ll probably find it hard to get a feel for your machine. Your seams will be crooked and crooked and your fabrics will probably be sewn together incorrectly. However, this is not a doomsday and probably happens to everyone. If you are afraid to do something wrong, you will not be happy with sewing. But mistakes in sewing are easy to repair because seams can be separated and quickly sewn together again. So don’t lose heart in the beginning if a part doesn’t succeed as you hoped.

Try to sew a lot

The practice is known to make the master. This is no different when sewing. If you sew a lot, you get to know your machine better and better and with each part, your knowledge expands. Especially in the beginning, it is important to get a certain routine so that you do not have to relearn your new knowledge every time.

Set up a small sewing corner

If you have a permanent place where you can sew, you will probably do your new hobby more often. The assembly and dismantling of the sewing machine are tedious and will perhaps take away your desire to sew on some days. In addition, this effort also costs you a few minutes each time you could sew.

Start with simple projects

In the beginning, you should not start with a shirt or a jacket. First, try to implement light projects to improve your skills. You can also be proud of simple parts. We have put together some sewing ideas for beginners for you:

Pillow sewing: a pillow is especially easy to sew for beginners because you only have straight seams and come to a suitable result relatively quickly. However, it gets more complicated if you want to sew in a zipper.

Carrying bag: also a carrying bag is good for beginners. You don’t have any complicated seams and in a short time, you have already sewn a part that you can flaunt on the street.

Skirt: A skirt is a little more complicated, but still good for beginners. The fabric is easy to cut and it is easy to keep track of. However, you have to be careful here with the rounded seams.

Upcycle your old clothes

If you want to do something good for the environment and your wallet, you can also upcycle your old clothes. If you don’t like a part anymore, you can spice it up with a few slight changes. For some garments, it is also worth cutting the seams again and sewing something completely new from the material. Also, cheap clothes from the second-hand shop can be mended and you give your clothes your very individual touch.

Sew shirt into a dress: you can sew a dress from an old shirt in no time. So you can easily upgrade your old clothes.

Sewing a bag from old jeans: a carrying bag can be sewn from a variety of fabrics. So why not also from an old pair of jeans?

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