Trying on a new activity like sewing may feel overwhelming at first due to the amount of information you need to take in. However, don’t be frustrated if you don’t get everything right straight away. Taking it one step at a time will allow you to get well-adjusted until it becomes second nature to you. If you have recently decided to try sewing and you have no idea where to start, we have provided a basic guide to prepare you for your first ever sewing project.

Gather your supplies

Once your sewing machine is ready, the next thing that you have to prepare is your sewing kit. Having the necessary tools and supplies within your reach can help you focus on what you are doing. To complete your sewing kit, have a pair of scissors, coloured threads, needles, pins, bobbins, seam ripper, zippers, buttons, measuring tape and fabrics. This will help you to start your sewing journey.

What fabric should you use?

Remember that each project will require a different type of fabric based on its characteristics and uses. Here are some types of fabric that you can use:

• Cotton – Known to be soft, durable and versatile, it is a great material often used in making clothes and beddings.
• Linen – Non-stretch, comfortable and breathable. Linen is a popular choice when making upholstery, curtains, bedding, summer clothing, towels and place mats.
• Jersey – This warm knitted fabric is flexible and has an insulating property. It is commonly used for clothing and apparel.
• Canvas – It is a sturdy and tear-resistant fabric. It is used in making bags, furniture and tents.

Basic machine stitches

If it is your first time using a sewing machine, it is essential that you understand the basic stitches. A straight stitch moves in a straight line and is used to sew a basic seam. Zigzag stitches make a continuous row of the letter ‘W’. They are used to enclose raw edges as a seam finish. Lock-a-Matic stitches allow you to knot at the beginning and end of your sewing without having to do a backstitch.

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