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New to sewing? Here are some ideas to get you started

Simple sewing suggestions and tips for beginners

Sewing is an enjoyable past time for many across the world. In many cases, what starts off as a hobby can go on to become a serious business.

Whatever your justification for wanting to take up sewing, we’ve come up with a few suggestions that may well help you get up and running just that little bit more quickly, bearing in mind that the internet can be a wonderful information source!

1) Keep it simple!

Don’t stretch yourself too much too soon. Build up your basic techniques and capabilities by producing something that’s straightforward, but will still provide you with a tangible and pleasing end result.

We thought we’d start off with something suitably seasonal, so for our first example we’re heading off to the How To Sew website, on which they’ve provided a delightful tutorial on how to make winter coasters.

The simple step-by-step guide we’ll get you up and running in no time, enabling you to produce a decorative addition to your festive dining centrepiece.

2) Build your sewing skills

Sarai Mitnick has written a series of articles that we just adore! One of our absolute favourites The Art and Science of Skill Building is a powerful and well written piece.

Sarai has every sympathy for the newby.

“I know how disheartening it is to be a beginner at something. Often when you’re learning something new, your imagination and taste greatly outpace your actual skills.

“You know when something looks wrong, but you aren’t at the point where you can fix it. Not yet. This can be highly motivating, but it can also be incredibly frustrating.”

Of her most valuable pieces of advice is to learn at least one new skill within each project undertaken.

The highlight of her article is called “A true beginner sequence” – a six project springboard that will help you to achieve a great deal in a short space of time.

3) Look at the bigger picture

Steps to start your sewing hobby by Allie will enable you to take a step back and plan a series of actions and activities.

Ali lists seven categories that’s when considered will really make a difference to the newby sewer.

  1. “Take an introductory sewing class
  2. Start with simple sewing projects
  3. Get a working sewing machine. Or get your sewing machine working
  4. Practice. A lot
  5. Get the right tools
  6. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes
  7. Find your community.”

4) And when you’re ready for a new sewing machine?

OK, we must admit to being a little biased here, but we think the wonderful range of Jaguar sewing machines can provide everything that the beginner needs – but with the capabilities that will enable you to progress efficiently and easily to far more complex and imaginative projects in the future.

The Novum Life 157 for example, has 14 built in stitches, adjustable stitch length, a built in needle threader, a top loading bobbin, a stitch selector dial and a 3 year warranty – yet retails at only £149!

Jaguar Novum Life 157 sewing machine
The Jaguar Novum Life 157 sewing machine – it’s a little beauty isn’t it?

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