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Where To Start When You Want To Start Sewing

When I first started sewing, I started easy. I got a super cheap machine and made a dog blanket. That got me thinking that sometimes you just don't know where to start. You know you would like to start sewing but where and how does a person even begin. So I'm going to give you some super easy tips to get you going. 

First of course pick up that machine. Whether its a thrift store model, hand me down, or a store bought machine threading it correctly is the most important step. If your machine isn't threaded correctly nothing will come out right. So follow the instructions in your manual closely. If you do not have a manual google the make and model for a manual. Chances are its on the internet even if its 50 years old.  Here's a general guide to threading but it's best if you find your exact model manual if possible. https://www.mybluprint.com/article/consider-this-y...

Second you are going to want to find that project. I know you might want to make that super cute dress you seen your friend make or those memory quilts you seen at the trade show, but your best bet is to start easy. Find something simple for the first few projects to get you used to your machine and sewing in general. Trust me within a month you will be able to start that long awaited dress and quilt just give yourself time to learn. Here's some super easy beginner projects that are cute as can be to get you started. 

1. Envelope Pillow Covers by Hey There Home. https://www.heytherehome.com/how-to-make-an-envelo...

How to make an envelope pillow cover to update your space for any season. This is a really easy sewing project and such a simple way to decorate your home on a budget and add a fun pop of color!

Are you feeling like it’s time to make some changes to your living room or bedroom?

One of the easiest ways to freshen up your decor, without a ton of commitment, is to add new throw pillows to your sofa. 

2. Knotted Knit Headband. This project by The Sweeter Side Of Mommyhood is a super cute headband which makes a great baby gift. She also includes swaddle blankets which are another great starter project. Check them out here:

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Third you have to pick out your fabrics. Now the fabric type is very very important for every project you make. Some fabrics are not stretchy and some projects, like headbands, need stretch. So read over which type of fabrics suit which projects and make sure you are picking something suitable. For pillow covers 100% cotton is great. It doesn't have stretch, but holds up well to the wear and tear of couch life. You can find all sorts of options here at Bibs and Boots. https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com/cotto...

For your headband project choose a knit which has some stretch. Bibs and Boots carries beautiful knits from Birch Organics and Art Gallery FAbrics. You can find them here. https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com/knit/

Fourth you have to choose coodinating thread for your project and I recommend going with something similar in colour to your fabric. It's easier to hide mistakes on beginner projects when the thread is similar in colour. Here you can find the thread you will need to sew it up! https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com/notio...

Fifth and last is to choose the correct needle. Cottons and Knits are made differently but luckily now you can get a universal needle that works on both. Choose a smaller needle size for the above projects. The smaller the numers the smaller the needles. So 70/9 is a great size for the two above. You can pick those up here: https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com/notio...

Your ready to start! Have your instructions nearby and away you go. Remember you may have to use a seam ripper more than once and that's okay! You can also find them here! https://www.bibsandbootsapparelandfabric.com/notio... 9 times out of 10 if you are having problems it's because your machine is not threaded properly or your bobbin is not in correctly. So always double check that first if problems arise. Set your tension according to your manual, on some machines you don't even have to touch it it automatically adjusts. You can always test out your tension on scrap material and just keep going up or down in small increments until your seam looks like its not puckering or all loosey goosey. 

Lastly and most importantly don't expect it to be perfect. There will be some weird stitches and uneven lines. Thats normal!! It gets better and better with time. Good Luck and remember if you have any questions feel free to email us to ask. If we can help we definetly will. We want you to keep sewing, so drop us a line anytime!!