Seamstress Success: How To Set Yourself Up To Sew Like A Pro

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If you have decided to make your own clothing, you are about to embark on an exciting journey to having the wardrobe of your dreams. You will be creating one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories that suit your unique style and are made with the fabrics you choose. Following a few tips will help you get your sewing journey off to a fabulous start and will give you the confidence to sew like a pro.

Test drive a sewing machine

It is important to have a sewing machine you feel comfortable using. Visit your local sewing machine retailer and try out several models to see which one you feel at ease with. Be realistic about the types of clothing and accessories you will be sewing to avoid paying for machine features you will never use.

Many sewing machine dealers offer training classes on using and setting up your machine. Taking advantage of these classes will help you learn how to operate and care for your machine, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Gather your tools for success

You will need high-quality scissors, dressmaker's pins, a good steam iron and ironing board, measuring tape, tracing paper, seam rippers, and a seam gauge to get started. Keep your small supplies next to your sewing machine in a sewing basket to keep them organized and within easy reach.  

Choose easy patterns for your first projects, such as a skirt with an elastic waist or a basic dress or shirt pattern without a lot of details. Once you master the easier items you can move on to apparel with pockets, pleats, and buttons. Choose fabrics and sewing notions suggested on your pattern envelope and choose all-purpose thread in a color to match your fabric.

Create an inspiration board

An inspiration board will inspire your creativity and help you gather ideas for your future projects. Collect samples of fabrics you find interesting, pictures of clothing styles you like, and inspirational quotes. Pin your collection on a corkboard above your sewing area to inspire you when you are designing your own projects.

When you decide to sew your own clothing and accessories, you are making a wise investment in your wardrobe. Not only will you have high-quality clothing made with the fabrics you love most, but you will also create a design style that is uniquely yours. Setting yourself up for success is the first step to mastering the secrets of being a great seamstress. For more information, contact a company like Awn's Tailoring & Cleaning.