You don’t need special classes in order to be able to sew your own clothes. Nonetheless, you have to acknowledge and follow a few rules that would help you make the most out of your hobby and avoid spoiling fabrics and accessories.
1. Buy A Sewing Machine
This is the first step in making your own clothes. You can sew them manually, but that’s a crazy cumbersome task, almost impossible to do in a proper way. When choosing your sewing machine, you have to consider what type of garments you’d like to sew by yourself. If you want clothes made from thick fabrics, you may need a special machine that allows sewing such materials together. If you are interested in embroidery, you should pick a sewing machine with this function.
If you don’t have too much space available in your house, you might want to go for a portable model, thus allowing you to install it where you want, when you want it. My favorite blog for sewing is Sewing Made Simple. Amber has some well written sewing machine reviews on her blog. I think you are better off checking her blog if this is your first time shopping for a sewing machine.
2. Start With Simple Projects
In the beginning, try your hand at simple clothing items and don’t buy too expensive fabrics or accessories. For instance, you can sew your own apron to start with, then move on to more complicated things. You need some practice in order to be able to sew correctly, so do a few exercises prior to tackling big projects. Craftsy and Pinterest are two of my favorite sites in finding easy sewing projects geared towards beginners.
3. Don’t Rush
Most beginners are tempted to sew directly after they cut the fabric. This is not the right way of doing things. You should sew the parts together manually, at first, in order to make it easier to follow with the machine.
Another mistake many beginners make is to not follow the pattern. If you cut wherever you think, you have very slight chances to get things right. Patterns are your friends, so use them carefully. Moreover, make sure you always pick the pattern corresponding to your size. If you need adjustments, learn how to do the correctly. There are many tutorials on this thing, so you won’t have problems in finding some good ones.
4. Get Your Tools Together
Sewing requires the use of several tools such as iron, ironing board, chalk wheels, seam ripper, point turner, tracing paper, rulers, pattern weights, scissors, flexible tape measure, pins, cutting mat and rotary cutter. If, for instance, you don’t have pins, it’s going to be very hard to join all the pieces of your clothing together the right way. Pins are a must have for all seamstresses who want to work fast and do a good job, with almost no mistakes.
If you have all these and you put some passion into sewing your own clothes, you are going to become better and better with each new item you make. In time, your clothes are going to be just the way you want them and all your friends are going to be impressed with your sewing skills. It is also possible they ask you to sew for them as well.