Learning how to sew is a very smart way to save money. The trick is to learn the techniques that will make your garment look like it came right out of a store. Here are some tips to help you along the way:
Look For A Class - There are many ways you can learn how to sew, of course. At your local library there are great self-help books that will give you step-by-step instructions on making your first article of clothing. However, consider taking a class.
Your local extension service might offer sewing lessons, and you can often find great classes at fabric stores, at your community college or even at your library. Another great idea is to simply as a friend or a family member who is already a seamstress to help you get started. Find somebody who is patient!
Getting Started - Whether you take sewing lessons or learn by yourself, it's really smart to start with something very simple. And, remember that simplicity can also equal loveliness. Just imagine Audrey Hepburn and Jackie Kennedy whose styles were actually quite basic. Their great look came partly from the gorgeous fabrics and the fact that their designers knew exactly what styles would look good on them. If you're in doubt as to what to select, go to a store and try on several different outfits to see which ones look best on you.
- At the beginning, stay away from fabrics that need to be matched. One example is a plaid.
- Stay away from patterns that have a lot of detail on them. Making a Peter Pan collar on your first outfit might drive you crazy, as will making tiny tucks or pleats on a blouse. Inset pockets, garments with lots of buttonholes and zippers are also a challenge.
- Some good choices would be to start with an apron, a wrap-around-skirt, a tunic, a fashionable scarf, or even simple stuffed animals.
Buy The Right Sewing Machine - Perhaps you have inherited a machine or somebody has given you one as a gift. However, if you have to select your own, there are some things you should look for.
- Of course, you can spend tons of money on fancy machines, but that's not necessary. You can get a sewing machine that is easy to use and very reliable for a very affordable price. Consider doing that to start off with, just to make sure that you're going to stick with this new venture.
- Your first sewing machine doesn't need a lot of different options on it. If you buy a manual one, you'll get the straight stitch, reverse sewing, zig-zag stitching and maybe even a buttonhole option.
- If you want something a big more elaborate, you can still get a computerized machine at a good price. Computerized machines are great because you can thread a needle, make a button hole, and change a stitch pattern with the touch of a button. Computerized machines will even do hems, and beautiful decorative stitches. Later on, you might even use this type of machine for quilting. It just takes a bit of practice to learn the different things that the machine can do, and the machine will usually come with a good instruction book.
- Look for a sewing machine with a free arm so that you'll have a flat working surface.
Have fun learning how to sew. If you have other questions, try contacting a company like The Sewing Studio Fabric Superstore.