Sewing could be intimidating, especially if you’ve never handled a sewing machine or even a small project by hand before. But the fruits of learning how to sew are incredible. It’s empowering, the ability to alter your clothes so they could fit you so well, or the capacity to make your own sheets, pillow covers, and other home projects with the patterns that you like.
This is both a warning and an encouragement. You will meet many humbs and bumps along the way, but tell you what, you’ll get over it. It always come in handy when you know about them beforehand. Get on with your sewing journey all prepared for what’s to come.
Here are 10 common mistakes that will surely come your way:
- 1 Being idealistic
- 2 Choosing the wrong fabric
- 3 Not washing the fabric first
- 4 Choosing the wrong thread and needle
- 5 Not changing needles often enough
- 6 Mindlessly using pins while sewing
- 7 Being clueless on your sewing machine
- 8 Ignoring the accessories that your sewing machine comes with
- 9 Not lowering the presser foot
- 10 Neglect testing before proceeding with a project.
This is the most common mistake that a new sewer would make. Unlike recent gadgets, a sewing machine could be easy to use, but the word “easy” is relative. It takes patience to learn sewing and be adapted to it. Along the way, you could get too excited and make idealistic mistakes, like overestimating the your own capacity, or that of your machine.
Be practical and realistic. Start with simple projects and realistic deadlines, and go up the ladder slowly but surely.
Choosing the wrong fabric
Fabrics are not created equal. Each has its own texture, durability, and feel. Some are more sensitive than others. Some are smooth, others are rough. They are used optimally for different purposes and with different kinds of needles, threads, and handling procedures.
Some fabrics are also too thick or too delicate for some sewing machines.
Not washing the fabric first
Some fabrics shrink after being washed, some are stretched. Fabrics change form when washed and it could be frustrating when you think you’ve actually made the perfect fit or form, only to have it ruined by washing.
Choosing the wrong thread and needle
Use high-grade thread for your projects. Some will easily break. But worse, some may be inappropriate for your needle or fabric. Ball point needles, for example, are used for knitting. Universal needles on the other hand fit best to natural fiber threads. Other special projects like leather require special needles and threads.
Not changing needles often enough
Different needles for different projects. Each has its own purpose, this is why there are so many options to choose from. No each and change as needed to keep them for a long time!
Mindlessly using pins while sewing
You wouldn’t want your needle to hit the pins. That could do some damage to the sewing machine, needle, or the project itself. None of these are okay.
Being clueless on your sewing machine
Know your sewing machine well. It’s features, parts, and specialty. Each is designed for a specific purpose. Some budget machines are best for simple projects. Some features are best for quilting and other projects. It pays to know all its features, stitches, and mechanism. This way, you get the most out of it.
Ignoring the accessories that your sewing machine comes with
These accessories are not simply freebies or the perks of having a new sewing machine. They have their functions. Nothing about sewing is universal, each project, fabric, and needle has a special function. Sewing machines come with 4 basic presser foot that are used for different purposes. It also comes with oil for lubricating the machine, and so many other accessories. Knowing each and putting them to use will not only make your projects smooth-sailing, it will also prolong your sewing machine’s life.
Not lowering the presser foot
If you think your fabric moves too much, it’s because you think you can hold it freestyle and just go stitching. Nope, the presser foot has to be lowered and its purpose is to hold the fabric in place.
Neglect testing before proceeding with a project.
Always leave an allowance for mistakes and anticipate it. No matter how good you could be, always test the stitch size, width, and the sizes out first before you proceed with creating your final touches. Always be ready to test your ideas out first because our imagination has the tendency to be too idealistic.
That’s it! A new sewer could make more mistakes than these, but don’t let it get to you. See experts or be involved with fellow starters and some experts and be guided well in your sewing endeavors!