Sewing For Beginners

Sewing For Beginners

Sewing For Beginners Third Edition

A key life skill as well as a fun hobby, learning to sew will allow you to fix the odd tear in your jeans or make alterations to garments. Get to grips with all the essentials with Sewing for Beginners, from choosing your tools and materials to getting to know your sewing machine. You’ll learn all the essential techniques and put them to use with a number of fun and creative projects, so start creating! Featuring: Master the bare essentials - Learn all the basics, from choosing your tools to navigating the sewing machine. Start sewing today - Get your needle threaded and start sewing with essential techniques and stitches. Advance your skills - Take the next step with your sewing skills with more advanced techniques. Get creative - Practise your newfound skills with step-by-step project tutorials. Setting up - Preparation is key for a successful project - find out everything you need here. Getting started - The basic skills, jargon and sewing know-how is laid out in this section. The next step - Learn the techniques that'll transform your projects and help you make your own garments and accessories. Creative projects - Practise your new skills and create some beautiful and playful projects.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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In this issue

1 min.
welcome to sewing for beginners

A key life skill as well as a fun hobby, there is no reason why you shouldn’t pick up a needle and learn how to sew. Perhaps you want to fix the odd tear in your jeans or make alterations to your garments – maybe you’re even a budding fashion designer with a creative itch to scratch. Either way, this book will teach you all the essentials necessary to start stitching. We run through all the basic sewing techniques and lingo, before introducing you to your new best friend: the sewing machine. Explore this powerful gadget and master its seemingly endless functions – you’ll be loading a bobbin or attaching a zipper foot before you know it! Learn the different types of stitches and their uses, and discover various types…

1 min.
pins and needles

1. Steel straight pins with colorful glass heads are easy to see and use, and they won’t melt under a hot iron. 2. A magnetic “pincushion” is one of my most favorite tools. Just swipe it over your sewing table or even the floor and watch it magically pick up any loose pins! 3. A stuffed pincushion allows pins to stand upright so they’re easy to grab when you only have one free hand. It also keeps the point of the pins clean and sharp because they’re not exposed to dust and moisture. Some varieties even attach right to your sewing machine. 4. Safety pins are used to pull elastic through casings. They can also be used in place of pins if you’re working on a large project you want to fold up…

1 min.
measuring tools

1. A seam gauge is a small ruler with a sliding marker. It’s used to measure out even hems or evenly spaced pleats or tucks. 2. Washable cloth-marking pencils are used to make markings on fabric and these can be removed with water. These are used for transferring guidelines on patterns to the cut pieces. 3. A clear, plastic ruler is used for basic measuring, marking buttonholes, lining up the grain, and marking pleats. It is also used with a rotary cutter to make long, straight cuts with extra precision. 4. A water-erasable marker is used in the same way as a marking pencil. It is also used to mark while fitting a garment on a person. Be cautious not to iron over these marks—the heat will set them in the fabric, making…

2 min.
cutting tools

1. Tiny 4-inch (10 cm) embroidery snips or scissors have a very fine, super-sharp point that’s perfect for trimming thread close to the fabric. 2. Fabric shears are what you’ll use to cut large pieces of fabric. A pair of high-quality shears that can be sharpened can last for a lifetime. However, be sure you only cut fabric with them; using them to cut paper or other materials can dull the blades over time! 3. Paper scissors or old shears can be used to cut paper, patterns, tape, and fusible products. They can’t be used on fabric because the blades aren’t sharp enough to result in a smooth, clean cut. 4. Pinking shears are used to trim seams to keep edges from raveling. It’s good to have them on hand, but if you…

1 min.
pressing tools

1. A narrow sleeve board is a small version of an ironing board that’s used to press small areas or seams in narrow spaces. 2. A full-size ironing board is a safe surface on which you can iron your fabric. Be sure to keep the cover of this essential tool clean so you don’t transfer sticky residues or marks onto your fabric. 3. The curved end of a small wooden point turner is used for finger pressing. You use your fingertip to firmly press and slide the curved end along the fabric fold to create a crisp crease or line. 4. A rolled towel is used to press curved seams or sleeve seams open without creasing the fabric. It’s similar to a tailor’s ham or seam roll, but most beginning sewers don’t have…

2 min.
fabric defined

• The threads that run parallel to the selvage (lengthwise) are the warp threads. The threads that run crosswise to the selvage, and are woven through the warp threads, are the weft threads. • The selvage is the finished edge of the fabric. It is tightly woven and won’t fray, but generally it has a bit of a different color or is left unprinted. • The right side is the outside or finished side of the fabric—it’s the side you want to be visible. You can tell which side is the right side pretty easily on a printed fabric. • The wrong side is the inside or unprinted side of the fabric. This is the side that is unseen on a finished project. • The bias is the line of the fabric which lies…