Are you interested in learning to sew? It can seem overwhelming when you want to learn but aren’t quite sure where to start. My advice? Just dive right in!
- Pick a simple PDF pattern to start with.
PDF patterns usually have pictorial step-by-step instructions with explains of common sewing terms. Most PDF designers also offer free patterns that are suitable for beginners. Check out my recommendations here.
- Take your measurements.
Just because you’re a medium in ready to wear clothes does not mean you are the same size in sewing patterns. Pattern sizing is different than store bought, so in order to get the best fit, measure yourself and use the the size your measurements fall under.
- Pick the right fabric.
The pattern will tell you the type of fabric and the amount of stretch needed. Make sure you buy enough fabric for the size you will be making!
- Make sure you have the right presser foot and matching thread.
Knit fabrics work best with a walking foot. An all purpose foot can be used for wovens.
- Read your machine’s manual.
The manual will tell you how to thread your machine as well as the recommended tension settings for your project.
- Print, assemble, and cut your pattern.
Most PDF patterns have layers so you can print only the size you need. This saves ink and makes it easier to cut your size without being confused by other size lines.
- Cut your fabric.
Lay out your fabric with the patterns pieces on top. Using pattern weights will help hold the pattern in place while you cut around it. I find it easier to use a rotary cutter on a self-healing mat, rather than cutting with scissors.
Follow your pattern’s instructions to complete your garment! Some parts may seem a little tricky the first time, like neckbands (ugh!), but don’t worry- you’ll pick it up fast!
Not sure which stitch to use on your sewing machine for knits? Check here.
Many pattern designers have Facebook groups where you can go to ask questions if you need help. You can also join our Facebook group for help and to show us your finished project!