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21 Lessons Learned during My First Year Sewing


21 Lessons Learned during My First Year Sewing

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Last year I impulse-bought a sewing machine on Amazon because it was a daily deal. While I had occasionally used other people’s sewing machines, I’d never had one of my own. I had done some sewing and embroidery by hand previously, but other than that, I had little sewing experience. I felt really lost at first, and I made a lot of fabric monstrosities. I still make fabric monstrosities sometimes, but I have learned a few things in my first year of sewing.

Here are some of the most important lessons I picked up in my first year of sewing. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are some of the things that I struggled with or that confused me at first. These tips and tricks should help a beginner who is just learning to sew.

Lessons Learned

1. When something goes wrong, check the bobbin. Even if you don’t think it’s the bobbin, it’s probably the bobbin. Despite successfully installing my bobbin dozens of times, every once in a while, I put it in backwards. In other instances, the thread may not be fully in the thread path. Open up the bobbin compartment, take it out, put it back in. Try again. Re-threading the top thread also solves a lot of issues.

2. While we’re on the topic of bobbins, fill more than one at a time. Your future self will thank you, even though your present self is impatient to get back to sewing.

3. Only use the type of bobbin that your machine came with, even if other sizes seem to fit okay. Don’t buy pre-filled bobbins unless you’re sure they’re the right size. Only use plastic bobbins if your machine came with plastic bobbins. Sometimes there are magnetic mechanisms in your machine (especially if it’s computerized), which can be thrown off by a metal bobbin.

4. Keep the presser foot up while threading your machine. Lowering the presser foot engages the thread tension mechanism. You want this un-engaged while threading your sewing machine.

5. Hold onto your thread tails when you first begin sewing. Your thread may tangle and catch otherwise, creating a bird’s nest underneath the fabric.

6. Read your sewing machine manual more than once. You won’t remember it all the first time. I find something new and helpful every time I go back to my manual. You might even want to jot down some notes and photocopy important pages. I keep the sewing machine maintenance pages on the wall by my sewing machine. Needless to say, follow the instructions for cleaning/oiling your machine.

Here are some of the most important lessons I picked up in my first year of sewing. This isn’t an exhaustive list, but these are some of the things that I struggled with or that confused me at first. These tips and tricks should help a beginner who is just learning to sew.

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