Banking up on sewing skills for the beginner

Sewing could be quite scary for beginners. It makes use of needles and is used for some serious fashion and home improvement projects. It could be intimidating for most, but all it takes is taking it slowly step by step, just like how we learned each concept and skill from school since we were young.

Being an expert in sewing requires eagerness to learn and confidence.

Here are some tips to overcome the beginners’ stage and be a pro with your sewing skills!


Have projects in mind

Sewing is a wide field and there’s a lot to explore.

It would help if you have priority projects in mind to narrow down your beginner’s steps with the goal of mastering skills that you will need to prepare yourself say, for quilting or dress-making.

Would you like to be artistic? Would you want to learn more complicated stitches eventually?

Know your sewing machine

  • What are the capacities and limitations of your sewing machine?
  • Is it digital, and how many stitches is it equipped with?
  • Will it be able to handle all types of cloth or do you need to stick with thin fabric?

There are different kinds of sewing machines and each has its capacities and limitations. You don’t need to let that stop you, but you would need to know these to know which stitches you need to learn by hand, and which stitches could you do with your sewing machine.

You could explore any project, and it would be good if your sewing machine could do most of the work, but you could learn some stitches by hand too.


Be familiar with your sewing machine

Take at least 30mins-2hours every day to practice with your sewing machine.

Feel how fast or slow you need the machine going, and how fast you should step on the pedal without panicking with the piece of cloth in your hands.

Know the controls and pre-sets well, and as you practice, always take a small piece of scrap cloth for testing before you proceed with continuous stitching in a project.

Most sewing machines allow adjusting the width and distance of stitches, you can also try tweaking these until you come up with your desired setting, again, with a piece of scrap cloth.

Know how to change needles, bobbins, and how to oil and maintain your sewing machine too.

If you really want to get past the beginner stage, you need to keep your sewing machine intact and well-functioning, because we can’t let a dysfunctional sewing machine get in the way of smooth learning.

Have goals and projects

  • Set goals for yourself and setup projects that you want to finish.
  • Have it weekly or monthly, this will help you proceed progressively in your learning process.
  • Don’t let anything disappoint you.
  • As said, always have a scrap cloth ready for practice, especially if you want to try on a new stitch.


That’s about it! To keep things simple, practice regularly and make sure that you are familiar with your sewing machine. Have goals and try projects. Try more difficult ones overtime and watch yourself become better and better.

Good seamstresses are not born, they are made.