10 COMMON MISTAKES TO AVOID WHEN YOU ARE NEW TO SEWING!
Sewing can be a daunting hobby to start, but if you avoid these common mistakes, it is sure to be a breeze.
- Choosing too advanced of a pattern to sew
Your choice of pattern is of upmost importance when you are a beginner sewist. Many pattern companies will even place the skill-level of the pattern on the pattern itself, which is an excellent indicator. If not listed, consider your previous projects, and decide whether you have the time to deconstruct this pattern’s instructions and learn its new skills. YouTube can also be a great resource for this!
- Adding too many small details to your pattern
It’s easy to get over your head when designing a garment. We recommend avoiding too many small details such as piping, pockets, buttonholes, ruffles, etc. when sewing as a beginner – stick to one new added detail per project, and you will eventually learn an abundance of skills.
- Using the wrong needle or thread
Many sewists get easily get easily frustrated with sewing new materials, however an easy fix is often replacing your needle. Several types of fabrics such as knits and leathers require their own unique type of needle. Be sure to stock up on these if you are using a new type of fabric.
- Using an advanced fabric
Did you know that some fabrics are considered “advanced” while others are considered “beginner”? Advanced fabrics include some mesh embroideries, thin silks, and intricate laces. If you consider yourself a novice, stick to wovens and heavier knits to have an easier time sewing.
- Ignoring the pattern directions
For many new sewers, patterns can be their saving grace! If you choose to use a pattern, be sure to follow its instructions (especially its order-of-operations) for the best results. As you become more and more comfortable with sewing, it’s natural to begin breaking the rules! But as they say, you must know the rules to break the rules.
- Forgetting to finish your seams
Finishing your seams, in any manor, is a great way to have your garments look professional, even if you are a new sewer! For knits we recommend using an overlock seam or serger, while a variety of methods can be appropriate for woven seams. Some simple methods of seam finishing that are popular for wovens include overcast seams, serged seams, pinked seams, or a French seam.
- Not backstitching
Backstitching is the process of stitching a small series of stitches backwards at the end of each major seam on a garment. This essentially prevents the garment from falling apart. It’s easy to get in the habit of backstitching early on in your sewing career to prevent these simple mistakes.
- Being too aggressive with clipping and cutting
Cutting hems and clipping excess yardage at seams is an essential part of sewing. When you’re first starting out, be sure to take your time with your scissors to prevent slashing through your beautiful garment or not leaving enough excess for additional length or ease.
- Sewing in a cluttered or stressful environment
Be sure to regularly clean, organize, and refresh your working environment. Having a clean space will minimize distractions from the task at hand.
- Being patient with yourself!
Give yourself some grace! Sewing is NOT an east task, especially if you didn’t grow up knowing how! Take time to watch video tutorials, read your patterns through, and ask for help from your peer sewers. Never let your hobby become a stressor and take the time to learn the skills that are most important to you. We know you will create the perfect garment!