Sewing machines come with lots of gadgets. You don’t need to learn all of them at once.
Manuals can get you started and keep you going. No need to learn everything at once. Start slow, you’re in it to win it!
In the past six months I’ve had the fun of helping two 30-somethings take their new sewing machines out of their boxes for the first time. And in less than thirty minutes, they each could say, “I know how to use a sewing machine now!”
In both cases, the machines had been gifts and had stayed boxed up for well over a year. Why so long between owning and using? While sewing itself–at least straight seams or basic hems–is fairly intuitive, figuring out what all the geegaws do can be a little intimidating.
I recently opened the little baggie of gadgets that came with a new machine. What a lot of weird-looking stuff! But here’s the good news. To get started, you don’t need to know everything there is to know about sewing. Here are three good ways to get started.
1. If your machine was purchased in a shop that gives tutorials, take advantage of them. Shop owners know their stuff and are excited to share.
2. If you know someone that sews, invite them over and ask them to show you. If you can master threading, bobbin winding, and straight seams you will be well on your way.
3. If you’re on your own, take out the manual and plow ahead. Go a step at a time. It may take a little longer to get up and running, but all the information is there. Don’t try to learn it all at once. (For one thing, it would be impossible. For another, you’d be too exhausted to sew anything.)
So if you’re one of the lucky ones who received a new machine over the holidays (or the holidays from years past), slide that machine out of the box and make this the year you give it a go.
You won’t be sorry.
For some great tips and techniques, check out Sewing Solutions and Sewing Machine Secrets, both by Nicole Vasbinder. These books are clearly written and illustrated–just what you need when you’re getting started.
And now for some true confessions! If you were given a sewing machine as a gift, did it languish before you got started? Let us know.
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