Want to begin sewing but not sure where to start? You’re in the right place! Below is a list of machines, tools, books, patterns, courses and more to help you get started! Happy Sewing!
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When beginning to sew, it’s important to focus on need and not get caught up in all the bells and whistles of machines. Here’s a few of good starter machines.
When it comes to tools, it better to get quality or quantity! It’s so many tools on the shelves, its easy to get overwhelmed and think you need it all now, but you don’t. You only need a few good tools to get started.
*As you begin to sew more, your list of tools will increase but these are the basics to begin with.*
Having a small library of sewing books to reference as you’re on your sewing journey is something I recommend. Having a basics book on sewing, fit, and fabrics is good place to start!
Sewing takes practice, so it’s important to continue learning to grow your skills. There are TONS of online resources to help you do so. For free information, I’d recommend YouTube! You can find just about everything on YouTube, so search away. For paid online programs, courses, classes, start here.
The types of projects you want to begin with, depends (in my opinion) on the type of maker you want to be. I’m going to share projects for women sewing, however if you want to sew home decor, children wear, etc., I’d recommend finding easy projects in those areas to begin with. No need to waist money on a women pattern, if you love and want to sew accessories.
It’s A LOT of patterns on the market but I’d recommend starting with some Easy to Sew pattern from Simplicity and Learn to Sew for Fun patterns from McCalls.
Online Fabric Shopping
I get 90% of my fabric online. Before ordering online, I’d recommend walking through the aisle of your nearest fabric store to FEEL the fabric. You can learn a lot about fabric from simply feeling it and reading the contents of it off the fabric bolt. You’ll learn what you like and what you don’t like. Once you know what you like, you can then order fabric online more confidently. I also recommend searching the suggested fabrics from the back of the pattern you’re working with, because its A LOT online and its easy to get overwhelmed! If you know what categories to search, it’ll keep you focused while shopping. Here’s a list of my favorite online shops.
Dressforms are awesome, but not something that’s needed or required to have to sew. I decided to include it on the list though, because depending on your needs (a desire for draping, pattern drafting) and budget, you may want to invest in a form now. You can have them custom made to fit your body measurements, order a professional grade dressform thats in measurements close to your body measurements or purchase a display form.