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Lesson 1: Five Sewing Tools For Every Beginner
Are you new to sewing? Learn about 5 sewing tools that will definitely make your life easier in this sewing lesson. One of the 5 is good fabric shear. Watch this 3 minute video to learn about the other 4 tools. We are going to talk about how to choose the right tool for sewing. There are so many different things out on the market. If you go to a sewing store, it’s probably be overwhelming. So, I just wanted to talk about my favorites. The first things are my snips. These are awesome. They are very sharp. They are not for cutting big pieces of fabric but for cutting a little tiny threads. And you get so close. It’s perfect. They’re awesome. The second thing, I suggest getting is really good, sharp, pair of fabric shears. They’re wonderful. They cut perfectly. And do not cut paper with them, only fabric. They’ll dull up and they won’t cut as well. The next $1.50 investment that is essential is a sewing gauge…
Lesson 2: Understanding Basic Sewing Terms
Learn how to understand basic sewing terms like “bias,” “straight stitch” and “back stitch” with this sewing tutorial. Learning all the words used in sewing cab sometimes feel like learning a foreign language. But if you take the time to learn the terminology, everything goes off smoother. The first term we are going to talk about is bias. Bias is the diagonal line running through a woven fabric. When you have a regular cotton like this, you have vertical and horizontal yarns being woven together to create this. It’s pretty stiff this way. It’s really stiff this way, but if you pull on a diagonal, you can see how it stretches. And that’s the bias. You can also use the bias to create biased tape which is a very narrow piece of fabric that’s been folded over and you can use that to finish your edges. The next term we’re going to talk about is selvedge. Selvedge is the finished edge of the fabric. When you have a roll of fabric like this, it’s been folded over once and rolled up.
Lesson 3: How to Identify Sewing Machine Parts
Anyone new to sewing needs to learn how to identify the parts of a sewing machine. Watch this lesson to learn more. The basic model used in this lesson is a computerized sewing machine. So it’s probably a little bit different than your mom’s machine that you borrow when you were little. But the basic features are the same. You have the power cord. You have the foot pedal. You have the thread spool. You have your hand dial which you always crank towards you. Don’t crank away, crank toward. You have your bob and winder. And then you have the thread guide, the thread take-up lever. Here you have your computer settings, and you have your speed. Your thread goes down through. This is your needle. This is your needle crank. This is your presser foot. Beneath the presser foot, you have your feed dogs which are the textured pieces of metal that move your fabric through the machine.
Lesson 4: How to Pick the Right Fabrics
There are so many different options when it comes to fabrics. Here’s how to pick the right fabric for your sewing project. Today, you have so many different options when it comes to fabric than your mother or grandmother ever had. If you’re doing a specific project with a commercial sewing pattern, you will often get different recommendations. But here we’ll talk about a couple of different fabrics just to get you started. This is a regular quilting weight cotton. It has a nice woven texture. Pretty strong. It doesn’t have a lot of stretch and nowadays, you can get all kinds of different prints and colors. They come in organic and it’s just really versatile for all kinds of projects whether it’s making pillows or clothing. Another type of fabric is linen. It’s a little bit of a looser weave, has a little bit rougher texture but it’s also really good for home decorating projects and also for making clothes. Another type of fabric is jersey. It’s a knit rather than a woven and it has a lot of great stretch. It’s really good for clothes. It’s a little bit trickier to sew with.
Lesson 5: How to Pick the Right Sewing Thread
It is very important that you learn how to pick the right thread for your sewing project. The general rule is to use the same type of thread as the fabric that you’re using. So let’s talk about choosing sewing machine thread. The general rule is to use the same time of thread as the fabric that you’re using. If you’re sewing with 100% cotton material, you use 100% cotton thread. Same goes with a polyester, or a lightweight silk. There are special types of thread for denim, there are special types of thread for very lightweight fabrics. You just wanna keep it consistent. My next suggestion is, stay away from the cheaper threads. They fray, they tangle.
Lesson 6: How to Prepare and Mark Your Fabric
Whether you’re sewing a dress or something else, learn how to prepare and mark fabric with this sewing tutorial. The first thing you want to do when you get some fabric is wash it especially if you’re using the fabric for garment sewing. You want to make sure that any preshrinking gets done way before you’ve sewn your garmet. So once your fabric is washed and ironed, then you can get ready to start marking your fabric. If you’re using a commercial pattern you’re going to notice that the pattern pieces have an arrow on them and you want to make sure that that arrow lines up with the grain of your fabric…