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A Complete Guide to Start Your Sewing Hobby

Sewing clothes and other things used to be a trying chore in years gone past, especially before the sewing machine. Today, sewing is a creative, relaxing hobby that many enjoy. Perhaps you have thought of trying it but don’t know where to start. It isn’t that difficult, so read on to learn how. 

Sewing Machine and Supplies

Some basic sewing supplies you need are:

  • Pins
  • Sharp scissors
  • Needles
  • Threaders
  • Thread
  • Measuring tools (tape, ruler, etc.)
  • Marking tools (tracing wheel or erasable marker)
  • Sewing machine

Sewing machines range from very basic modes to extremely fancy ones with many different options, but a basic model will do fine if you are just starting. 

How Do I Learn Sewing?

There are several different options for learning to sew. 


Fabric stores and community colleges both offer sewing courses. Or maybe a friend can show you. Once you master the basics, there are classes on advanced skills, such as sewing zippers. 


There are blogs with tutorials that cover the “how to” for a wide variety of sewing topics. Numerous how-to videos can also show you what to do step by step.  Finally, you can find classes online. Just keep in mind that while some online cases are free, others aren’t. 

A Sewing Machine 

Though the highest cost will likely be the sewing machine, you don’t have to spend much. There are some very basic models for under $200. Also, you might find one through your local second-hand shops or the local online classifieds. Alternatively, while you get the hang of your new hobby, you may be able to rent a sewing machine from a local sewing center. 

Challenges with a Sewing Machine

There is an adjustment period with learning any new skill or hobby. Don’t get discouraged! There are solutions to problems you may encounter. 

Breaking Needles 

If your needle keeps breaking, make sure your selected needle is the right size. For instance, smaller, finer needles work well for silk but not heavier fabrics. 

Also, make sure that your needle is straight. Bent needles break easily! 

Uneven Stitching 

If your sewing machine is not stitching evenly, check your needle to make sure it isn’t damaged or broken. Also, make sure the tension is set correctly. If that’s not the issue, check your bobbin to ensure you thread it right. Finally, don’t bunch or force the fabric through the sewing machine. Instead, pull it gradually and steadily. 

Bunching Thread

Thread often bunches because the upper thread lacks tension. Keeping your presser foot raised, try rethreading. Raise the take-up lever and needle to the highest position to help generate the right pressure.

Once you get started, you’ll likely find sewing is a relaxing hobby. Plus, you get to explore your creative side! If you would like to start your sewing career, check out our items, or contact us for more information!