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8 Basic Sewing Skills You Need to Know

Have you ever thought about learning how to sew? Maybe you don't know where to start or you're not even sure what you want to sew. Or maybe you have a pretty good idea of the skills you want to learn. In any case, The University of Sewing at The Tailored Fit can help.

For this particular blog post, we're going to focus on hand-sewing. If you'd like more in-depth information on machine-sewing, stop by The Tailored Fit to try out some of our Bernina sewing machines! We aren't going to teach you how to do these basic skills in our post; rather, we want to give you a working list of basic skills to master when learning how to sew. Here we go!

1. Learn sewing terminology

The very first thing you need to do is familiarize yourself with sewing terminology. Follow our website, our blog, social media and other sewing enthusiasts to get a good understanding of sewing vocabulary. Additionally, (and obviously) borrow some books from the library or buy some online to further your sewing vocabulary.

2. Thread a needle

This seems very obvious, but it's a task that takes some practice to master. There are a few key factors that will help you successfully thread your needle, among which are using very sharp proper sewing scissors to cut your length of thread, using the correct length of thread, using the right size needle for your project and the correct thread.

3. Choose your thread

As mentioned above, it's important to choose the correct thread for the project you'll be working on.

4. Sew a straight stitch

Learning to sew a basic, straight stitch is imperative and not a step that can be skipped on the way to sewing mastery.

5. Sew a button

One of the most-used skills in sewing, adding a button onto or replacing a button on a garment is highly coveted knowledge. Pretty much everyone uses buttons; therefore, it's a great idea to learn how to attach one to anything from shirts to duvet covers!

6. Use a pattern

The desire to learn how to sew usually comes from some inspiration like wanting to make a certain garment or item. Typically it's easy to use a pattern to make such things, so it's pretty imperative to learn how to read/use a pattern, kind of like reading music is imperative to playing an instrument.

7. Tools

The right tools for any hobby or vocational skill are a prerequisite. If you don't have the proper tools for a job it's highly unlikely that you'll be able to complete the work successfully. Even if you do accomplish a finished product, it may not be the best quality if you don't use the right tools.

8. Tie a knot

When you're doing any type of hand sewing, such as a button or simple mending stitch, you'll need to know how to thread your needle and tie a knot. You'll also need to know how to finish a stitch by tying a knot.

Learn all of these skills and more by signing up for a class at our University of Sewing. We're excited to see you there!

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