Learning a new skill and advancing in your sewing projects will be a lot more enjoyable with a few key tools and resources that can guide you in your journey.
Bridal Gown Sewing tip: If you are sewing on a bridal gown and you prick your finger on a needle or pin and you get blood on the dress, don’t panic! Saliva gets the stain out! Use a Q-tip, if you have one, to deliver your saliva right on the blood, or put it on directly! Works great!
Tip for the Bride: For years, I encouraged brides to pin 5 safety pins on their dress. Just lift the hem and pin the safety pins along the right side seam close to the bottom edge. This is to ensure that if a zipper fails or breaks, a spaghetti strap fails, a seam tears, etc., you’ll have help right away without having someone have to dig one up from someone’s purse. When our eldest daughter got married, a plastic ring on her bustle broke and I was able to use the pin as the new “ring” in a moments notice. So glad I followed my own advice that day!!!
When Hand Sewing: The thread that first comes off the spool is the end that you should thread through your needle first. It helps keep the thread from twisting alot as you sew.
A few of my must-have sewing tools…
These make life easier as you begin to sew and you’ll find that you need them for a lifetime of sewing. Most items are under $10 which make them perfect gift ideas for your birthday, Mother’s Day, or Christmas.
Have you ever tried sewing on fabric that frays and ravels on you? There’s usually a big mess of tangled threads that get in your way. Many store bought garments pop out at the seams because the seam allowance was very narrow to begin with and the fabric started fraying.
So, let’s fix that. Learn more about Fray Block.
If you are working on a denim project, you are going to want a jean-a-ma-jig. They are a small flat hard plastic gizmo that you use to help get over the big seam allowances that you find on jeans. Learn how to use one.
We all make mistakes and these help correct that human element in sewing. Seam rippers are made to be able to remove stitches without damaging the fabric you are working with. There are various types of seam rippers. Find the perfect one for your project.
- MAGNETIC PIN CUSHIONS
- LAST MINUTE GIFT IDEAS
- LIQUID STITCH
- KEEPING YOUR NOTIONS HANDY
- MY SEWING ROOM
- ROTARY CUTTERS AND MATS
- MINI IRONS
- SEAM GAUGE
- BLIND STITCH HEM FOOT
- SERGERS…DO YOU NEED ONE?
- HOW TO THREAD A SERGER QUICKLY
- SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES, HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT ONE
Favorite books to accompany your learning…
Viewers, young and old! You need these books.
They are essential in learning how to sew. No sense trying to reinvent the wheel when the wheel looks as good as these.
These books are amazing in teaching you how to sew. I used them to teach my girls starting at about age 8. But, even if you are an adult, just learning to sew, these are the books for you.
And don’t you want to know why?
First, they teach you about the basic parts of the sewing machine, so you’ll get to know your way around a machine…nothing difficult at all.
Then, they get you started on practicing your stitches by “stitching” on lines without any thread in the needle….ingenious!
I photocopied the pages because if you “sew” in the book and/or make mistakes, there is nothing left to practice on. Having several sheets gives you an opportunity to practice it well. Also, if you stop for a time and then come back to it, the book would already have been “sewn” in.
You can also design your own sheets which would add to the level of difficulty or creativity.
See? Doesn’t that look like alot more fun than the textbook sewing lessons? Blech!
Continuing on in the book, you’ll progress through several connect- the -dot excercises and word match games.
Then, before you even recognize that you are increasing your skill exponentially, the book provides projects to learn the skills in a creative format (not just sewing two pieces of fabric together!)
The projects are amazing for kids and you can adapt them for adults as well. Book Two just builds on Book One with more challenging projects and more fun.
Check them out for yourself here.
Ok, that’s your homework assignment.
Go buy these books and work through them. Then, report back to me and let me know if they aren’t the best thing since sliced bread!