That was 9 years ago, and it’s still on my son’s bed. I’m teaching myself how to sew and this was so helpful! Best Overall: Brother cs6000i 60-Stitch Computerized Sewing Machine. I am happy to say that although I started sewing a little more than a year ago, your blog and its slow, clear tutorials have helped me advance quite a lot. =). You’re the person that gave me the courage to try to sew my first pair of baby leggings for my daughter(my first successful project). One thing about classes is they teach you a lot and also motivate you to finish your project. My husband went an bought me a new sewing machine and it came with a DVD that will put you to sleep lol so I’m so thankful I have your blog to simplify things a little better. Now practice sewing zig-zags along your edge of fabric. I don’t evern think we used thread! Turn it towards you until the needle goes down into your machine.) .. a real one because the toy ones all had HORRIBLE reviews. Nope, none of that hoopla. I just got a machine for Christmas. But taking my time and finishing the other two helped me feel so accomplished! I did get a sewing machine for Christmas, and I just now got back to my RSS feed after all the holiday clean-up. Now for a few sewing practice tips. I was trying to walk my very non-sewer sister through a project and didn’t even think to tell her to lower the presser foot. Your email address will not be published. Then, if you open those two pieces up that you just sewed together, you will see a nice clean line where the two pieces of fabric were joined. Your tutorials are fabulous, by the way!! Brother Sewing. Can I use a decorative thread for back stitch? Thanks. My husband bought me a sewing machine a few months ago and I have made a few things, but feel so frustrated with my final product because it’s not “perfect”. This is … And if you bought your machine from a dealer, take the classes they offer. Thanks!! The length of your stitches is up to you, but doing them about 0.5 in (1.3 cm) apart will be the easiest and most secure. Want to share my first sewing project with you (and it’s not a pillow case!) Thank you. They are also outfitted with attachments or settings that allow you to hem, quilt, form buttonholes, embroider, and stitch other decorative seams, in addition to sewing straight seams. I’m still fairly new at sewing though so I’m still going to put some of your advice to work like practicing more. I bought a vintage zigzag sewing machine it is a model Dom-b was made in Japan. Thanks for the motivation! Make sure your machine is in good working order (if you have had it for a while, get it serviced) and put a NEW needle in it!! Now I’ve been reading up on sewing and bought a couple of beginner’s books. Use some cheap fabric and just give it a go. Well, maybe you will be. :). The Fabric and Haberdashery shop for all your quilting, dressmaking, stitching and sewing needs. Thanks!! Thank you Ashley for reminding us that our lines don’t have to be perfectly straight. This is great, i will be forwarding this on to a few newbie sewers i know. .. a real one because the toy ones all had HORRIBLE reviews. I had real trouble going round the bends!! I talk a little bit more about the zig-zag stitch and how adjusting the stitch width and the stitch length will change the look of your zig-zag, here. To view the next video in this series click: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/2148 This video will show how to sew the back stitch. Now, sew a few stitches forward, stop, push your back-stitch button (it will be some sort of knob/button/lever) and hold it down and then start sewing again. Now they are electrified so the foot pedal powers the stitching with a motor. thing doesn’t make sense to me, either! sewing can be so rewarding :), I have seen this suggested on a quilting forum as well. Today I will be attempting your drawstring bags,my littlies can use some storage containers!! It’s just a cheep one I got to learn on, and now that I”m doing more I want to get something a little nicer… but I have NO idea what to look for! I was so EXCITED to read this post because it is exactly what I am looking for! Basket 0. I’m so new to my sewing machine that I didn’t even realize there was a back-stitch button! I got a sewing machine for my 11th birthday- I used it for a while, then it’s been sitting around for the last 9 years! Well, that’s the first thing to get past I guess. Anyway now that you have given me inspiration I think I will get that machine out and give it another shot. I’ve made a few things here and there over the past few months, but this helped! How to Use Your Sewing Machine to Sew a Back Stitch. WIth curves, you can’t sew as fast……so ease up on that foot pedal. One thing that has helped me a lot is that I received a lot of free scrap fabric through things like Freecycle in my area. Many thanks! Pull the thread until the two sides are hanging either side of the eye of the needle, matching up in length. Another tip is to take a piece of masking/blue painters tape and put it on the 5/8 seam allowance line of your machine to help sew a straight line. Thanks for the tutorial. But here, I just changed the stitch width………see how different each row of zig-zags look? Powered by. But why not just give it a try? While 0.25 in (6.4 mm) is a common length for a single stitch, you can make yours wider or shorter as desired. Make a case for your iPad or make a pillow for your couch. :), Yay! I got my first sewing machine for Christmas and a week after the big day I’m still to try it out. And if so, you should sign up for Project Runway!!) i just saw this on craft gawker and it was perfect timing, as I got my first ever sewing machine yesterday! - Change the stitch length to be longer. My sewing machine will not pull the fabric thru, (the machine is used, was given to me by a friend), I have to pull the fabric. It’s nice to find some things that are for beginners :). I hated my last machine because it was sooo hard to thread so hopefully this one is much simplier. The lines are already there (more than 20 on each sheet!) And change your settings a bit. How to pick the right one? After you get nice and comfortable with those straight lines, sew around random shapes on your fabric, or draw some on your fabric. I just came across your website looking for what stitch to use for a hem and I just want to say thank you for all of your great and very simplified tutorials for beginners like myself who as of 2 weeks ago didn’t even know what a bobbin was. Stop when you get back to the beginning of your line of stitches. It is a very simple stitch that doesnot overlap at all like other outline stitches and thus makes a flat stitch which is very attractive. My husband told me I could get a sewing machine if I wanted, but I’ve been too intimidated because every time I sit down at my mom’s machine to try something (not many) I get frustrated and give up. I received a sewing machine years ago for Christmas. I wish I had one of those. I have a little sewing machine that I think only does straight lines. The only thing I wish I knew how to do is to sew on quilt binding on the machine. A back-stitch is how you secure the beginning and end of your stitch. What do you recommend? EVERY tip helps too – so these were great!! On a sewing machine that has a built-in lock stitch feature, refer to your sewing machine manual. You are less worried about messing up good fabric when you have scrap fabric, you probably would never use otherwise, perfect for practicing on. So, draw some lines with a pencil and ruler and then just sew right on top of the lines. I am a newbie to this thing called sewing. One of the best beginning sewing tutorial I’ve seen. (Internet isn’t giving me much solid info, yet.). But this gives me encouragement! Do something fun! The line that I’m following on the right (where the arrow is pointing, is 5/8 of an inch from the needle. Maybe it’s not as complex as it seems, but these basics seem to be missing from a lot of places, and your instructions are so understandable. Sometimes you may find that you are a bit unsteady and your lines aren’t straight enough. Trying to teach myself and getting discouraged because I cannot sew a straight line or thread bunches up etc…still figuring it out, but really liked this turtorial/ pep talk. It also says to practice on paper and gives the same sorts of lines to practice with as you did above. I’ve been sewing for a few years, but I’m a dabbler, and I’ve only taken on more challenging (to me) projects in the past year or two because of fabulous tutorials like yours that make sewing so much more approachable. 1. On a sewing machine that does not have a built-in lock stitch feature, you can achieve the same result by shortening the stitch length to as short as possible and sewing two to four stitches in that one spot. You’re just practicing. I have no one to teach me and all the tutorials I have found online don’t seem very beginner to me. Thank you so much for posting this. Or a serger. I’ve seen lots of sewing ideas and want to learn. (But honestly, I don’t use random stitches very often so don’t worry if your machine doesn’t have fancy stitches.) The machine I have has hundreds of different fancy stitches. I’ve never touched a sewing machine in my life. thanks so much for this! Anyway, I taught her the back-stitch (tying a knot) but wasn’t really sure where to go from there. I love your pep talk! 2. If my back stiches seem to not lock the stiches in place what am I doing wrong?? All Quilting Cotton; Cocktail Bundles; Collection Bundles; Solids Bundles ... Sewing Machines. Stitch one length away from the first stitch. wikiHow is where trusted research and expert knowledge come together. hehe :0). If you are sewing with a very fine fabric you might not like how backstitching leaves a relatively large amount of thread that can show through the fine fabric, or change the way fabric drapes or hangs. Good luck to all the new sewers, you will not regret learning to sew. And there are many uses for the zig-zag stitch but one of the most common is zig-zagging a raw edge (so that it won’t unravel). I’ve made a few things here and there over the past few months, but this helped! I’d be first in line to buy it! Well, maybe you will be. Turned out great, and took me less than an hour last night! Make sure your machine is in good working order (if you have had it for a while, get it serviced) and put a NEW needle in it!! What can I say, I’ve always been a studier. (Most often when sewing, you place 2 pieces together with the “right” sides of the fabric together. Thanks so much! What do you recommend? A great way for anyone to practice their stitches without using up the thread and fabric. I refer to mine all the time…so glad to have it. EVERY tip helps too – so these were great!! I’m still fairly new at sewing though so I’m still going to put some of your advice to work like practicing more. Unless you are using the triple straight stitch which is made to stretch with your fabric. Staying positive really is the key to success! I received a fancy machine for Christmas, which seemed a bit much for my novice experience and first sewing machine. If you go here https://scpepccee.blogspot.com/2010/09/sewing-machine-cover-and-happening-of.html you can see a picture of it. Okay. This is so helpful! I have bought all 7 patterns though I am a complete beginner in sewing. Since you can’t tie a secure knot in yarn, it’s important to secure it by stitching on both sides of your backstitch line. Oh, and if someone tells you what a good job you’re doing, say “thank you”. It has a lot of different zigzag patterns and it depends on whether you have the needle in L.M.R. And then feel happy with what you’ve done. And–reading your manual! I didn’t sew and never had so we thought if she was wanting to learn to do this GREAT. Thanks. I’ve bought a small sewing machine so will give it a try. A blind stitch is … On a sewing machine that has a built-in lock stitch feature, refer to your sewing machine manual. Solution: Clean the thread of the bottom bobbin first, hook the thread again, and put it in the fabric before use. If you don’t have a machine at all, it may be a bit harder to successfully backstitch, however, that does not mean it isn’t possible. Especially if you figure out a shortcut…..go for it! I received a sewing machine for Christmas and have what is probably a very stupid question. Wrap the end of the long side of the thread loosely around your index finger 1-3 times. Being a perfectionist, the crooked lines and messed up edges drive me CRAZY, but reading this gave me a little hope. Thanks for the words of encouragement! Now, continue sewing right over that row of stitches and continue on the path that you were wanting to sew. Introducing the CP2410 computerized sewing and quilting machine, a machine to give the designer in you even more flexibility. What a nice post! What a great pep talk!!! Start at one end and put your needle down in the fabric. Lois Wade has 45 years of experience in crafts including sewing, crochet, needlepoint, cross-stitch, drawing, and paper crafts. (I lifted up my presser foot just to take the picture but it should be down while sewing.). My mom said it didn’t have to be perfect and he ended up loving it. Then, if you open those two pieces up that you just sewed together, you will see a nice clean line where the two pieces of fabric were joined. So even if you have a really simple machine, take a look and see what it does have. So perfect! The sewing machine must not be idling. Thank so much for your tips and detailed pictures! And may you and your family well blessed! Thanks so much! my challenge to myself is an attic window quilt make from a panel. As soon as the kiddos are in bed tonight, I’m going to begin! Your tutorials that I browsed over now for the day have been so helpful. Do you have any suggestions, everything else seems to be working fine? As people mentioned it, I now remember sewing on the paper in high school too. I truly appreciate what you have contributed so far, you are such a kind artist, mother and as friend. Especially with that machine I think practicing on the lines will be a great help to her. I stumbled onto your blog when I was working on a magnetic paper doll project for Christmas and I just had to sew a cover just like the one you did….so I went and bought a little sewing machine to do it! This past week, I’ve been working with some especially advanced patterns and got a little discouraged at having cut them too small. This tutorial was exactly the pep I needed! I cannot tell you how many times I sit at my sewing machine and grin from ear to ear as I look at something that actually worked. Thanks so much for this tutorial. This is such a good tutorial…it would’ve come in handy when I was first learning lol. I know there has to be a trick or something to make it easier, but I’ve yet to figure it out. :) Thanks! When you should use the Backstitch. Practice them. I’ve had a sewing machine of one sort or another for the last 16 years, all were handed down or bought used until almost 2 years ago when we broke down & I got a brand new sewing/embroidery machine. This was so wonderful and helpful! Look for the eye of the needle (the hole). I can’t wait to see more tips and projects! I’m teaching myself how to sew and this was so helpful! Please keep giving sewing tips every so often. I was pleasantly surprised to read this post and already know everything you wrote….so that makes me feel pretty confident that I’m not AS “beginner” as i thought! Since I get inquiries about learning to sew, I’ve posted a link to your blog. Do you have any tips or how-tos for attic window quilts? MANY MANY THANKS!! Thank you! A back-stitch is how you secure the beginning and end of your stitch. :). I just got my first sewing machine and am not really sure where to start. Looks great and super easy! Grab two little scraps and line up two edges that you want to sew together. I remember sewing straight lines and curvy lines in home ec on paper the teacher had shapes printed out on. Now, take a look at your machine and see what other things it can do. I have been doing it w/o threading the machine, though, just to get used to “driving”. It's smaller, stronger, and easier to keep straight than a running stitch. Try to keep right on top of the lines and keep your lines really steady. You will notice your machine will start sewing backwards. Being a perfectionist, the crooked lines and messed up edges drive me CRAZY, but reading this gave me a little hope. Excellent. I’m not new to sewing, but this is so timely for those who did get new machines or have a new year’s resolution to learn to sew! I bought my machine a few years ago and have tried to sew off and on. What a wonderful post! Thanks so much for this blog post! This was so wonderful and helpful! I couldn’t believe I actually did it. hen using the sewing machine, be sure to place the fabric first. My operation manual doesn’t explain it either. Thank you for taking the time to post it!! It bunches up and just stops sewing all together. And let’s have one more quick pep-talk…….it’s okay if your lines are squiggly and you can’t quite keep your needle right on the line. I just hope I can do it correctly. Position your needle at one end of the guideline. you are awesome!!! To backstitch with a sewing machine, if you have the backstitch setting, it’s as easy as the push of a button. (Or, you can tie both ends of your thread into a square knot with your hands…..but a back-stitch on your sewing machine is MUCH easier.) On a sewing machine that does not have a built-in lock stitch feature, you can achieve the same result by shortening the stitch length to as short as possible and sewing two to four stitches in that one spot. Thanks! The strongest stitch may be up to your preference as well. i got my sewing machine for christmas last year and I absolutely would have loved loved loved this – so those with the new machine this year are probably ecstatic about this post!!! I just sent this link to my 11 year old granddaughter. I’ve made several little projects, but I never get my fabric cut straight and then the seam allowance doesn’t quite work if the fabric is crooked to begin with!! When I sewed that cloud looking shape, I only sewed 2-3 stitches and then readjusted my fabric and then sewed 2-3 more………all around those curves. I’ve been embarassed to tell the giver that I’ve been to scared to actually use it. To learn how to backstitch using a sewing machine, scroll down! She’s already been practicing and can you believe she can thread it all by herself? So I couldn’t wait to get started and quickly realised that people make it look so easy. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I bought myself a machine for my birthday this month, and had no idea how to get started. Thanks for being so encouraging! I also think that when you’re practicing your stitches, it helps to do what you did in the photos–thread your machine with a thread that contrasts with the fabric you’re practicing on. I have been contemplating learning to sew but have been a little reluctant. I am nervous about cutting up the panel, as it is very pretty, but excited about the attic window. Well, this will knot your threads in place. Quilting Cotton. Best wishes to Dylan and his family! I don’t have any “spare fabric” around, but I’m about to raid the goodwill bin for some practice materials. When I read this post I immediately posted it t her FB page and then immediately posted it to a crafters page that I belong to. And that’s enough for today. Thanks and Happy New Sewing Year! A friend of mine tried to help teach her to sew a couple of weeks ago. One tip that helped me greatly was Not to watch the needle – keep my eyes on guiding the fabric – i was much straighter after that. I’ll slow down and work on the basics. Not, “but, did you see my crooked lines or the bunchy bobbin threads on the back?!”. This is called your “seam allowance”. I took Home Ec in jr. high but promptly forgot everything I learned in that class. LOL. I am so excited to bust out my new machine this weekend! I will try to remember to email pictures when I complete my first project. Backstitch or back stitch and its variants stem stitch, outline stitch and split stitch are a class of embroidery and sewing stitches in which individual stitches are made backward to the general direction of sewing. I had real trouble going round the bends!! Thank you and please keep the tips coming!!! I loved your ideas about making straight lines on the cloth to help sew a straight line. When I first started sewing as a kid, I sewed without any thread in the machine and sewed on a piece of paper to practice different designs. Thank you! Okay, first real lesson: the Back-Stitch. 'Modern' electric sewing machine have a number of gears made from rubber, silicone, and plastic - if the teeth on those gears are worn just a bit the teeth will catch if there is enough of the synthetic material left on several teeth - the stop-start motion in sewing will force the wornish bits on until the remaining teeth catch. great tutorial!!! You'll know what it means when it's mentioned in patterns. So my machine has decided to poop out on me. Huge news: our little peanut has arrived six weeks EARLY! My husband bought me a sewing machine a few months ago and I have made a few things, but feel so frustrated with my final product because it’s not “perfect”. Happy New Year!! And if you don’t want to draw lines and you have some striped fabric, use the stripes as a guide to sew your straight lines. And since you know how to back-stitch now, practice using your back-stitch at the beginning and end of each seam. I have to plug in the number that I want it to do and then it sews that stitch over and over while the foot pedal is down. (Generally, there is a wheel on the right side of your machine. Thanks so much again! My mother recently passed away and I inherited 3 of her sewing machines, but have been too intimidated to use any of them (lots more bells and whistles than the kenmore machine she taught me to sew on!). My first project is making an t-shirt with applique numbers on back (like a jersey). Grab two little scraps and line up two edges that you want to sew together. Brother walmart.com. I got my very first sewing machine a few months ago and I have been so lost! I’m waiting for my new machine to come in the mail. So, thank you for that. I posted it on my blog https://cyndicated.wordpress.com/2012/01/06/a-sewing-machine-makes-all-the-difference/. This may have given me the courage to try ;)* great tutorial! How to pick the right one? Then put your presser foot down (that flat metal thing that pushes down on the fabric). I got a sewing machine for Christmas but know nothing about sewing. This is because when you open it up, the raw edges are on the back.) But regardless, i just got a Brother CS-6000i for Christmas and this post has given me the courage to start using it! Thank you SO much for this post! what is a back stitch on a sewing machine 2020, Does Blacklisted Phone Work Internationally, Difference Between Stock And Flow Class 12 Economics. Lately, I have felt very discouraged because I don’t understand everything in my class. I used photocopies out of a sewing book for kids, but you could draw designs on paper or even use a coloring book page. Then line up the right edges up with one of the markers on your machine. on the wrong side of the fabric or the right side? Well I say simple BUT it’s not so simple for me. I tried it recently on my first quilt and it looked so bad I had to tear it all up and redo it by hand…which was definitely not fun. 3 years ago I got my grandmothers 1942 Singer which I still have never used because I don’t know how to. I’ll be checking your blog frequently for tutorials. I know this sounds a little too basic, but don’t forget to lower the presser foot. I am going to go home and start practicing my sewing skills tonight. Well, maybe you will be. I am a newbie to this thing called sewing. The stitch is too short. I can’t wait to start practicing, thanks for the motivation. I just did my first invisible hem the other day thanks to a tutorial of yours. And then sew it along a curve, etc. Brother Innov-is F420 Sewing Machine. Question about bobbin and elastic- my bobbin starts acting weird every time I try to sew elastic. I’ve been researching a few but wanted to see which one you recommended. i just have to say i always love your projects and sewing advice. A modern lockstitch sewing machine has added convenience, strength, and flexibility, but it works by the same principles. Types for different fabrics? Great info to know. I did my first project ever on my new sewing machine. The pencil/chalk line will be covered up by the sewing line. I needed that. Okay. Thank you so much for this! Your sewing will be more professional if you remember to backstitch at the beginning and end of each seam. By that point, sewing some sashing and borders didn’t seem so hard either. Do you use weights to hold down your pattern pieces or do you pin the pattern to the fabric? THANK YOU!!! This is such a good tutorial…it would’ve come in handy when I was first learning lol. So helpful. Help us be more efficient in our sewing skills! This pep talk was just what I needed to gather my courage and just have fun and do it! I normally fold over, and then sew, but I might try that next time! I’m so glad I found your blog through Pinterest, I’ll be coming back when I get my machine for sure! Featuring 13 accessory sewing and quilting feet, the CP2410 includes the exceptionally useful metal open toe and adjustable zipper piping feet. Thank you! I did my first project ever on my new sewing machine. -J. Only positive talk, got it? Keep the hints & simple tutorials coming! a good way to save on material or if you don’t have scraps. Thank you (: I also want to thank you for this excellent post! I got a machine for Christmas and I just began practicing stitches yesterday. Part of its charm is that it is better than polyester and it can stretch or be very flexible. I still have my ancient Singer machine with just the basics, but it does the job. 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