Mistakes Beginners Make With Sewing Machines: Part 3

Mistakes Beginners Make With Sewing Machines: Part 3

Today we will conclude our series on mistakes that beginners make when using their sewing machine.

Take note of these 5 comamonplace errors and try to avoid them to enjoy hassle-free sewing.

1) Not Following The Fabric Guidelines On Your Pattern

In choosing a fabric for your garment, always refer to the fabric guidelines behind your patterns. These lists serve as guides for beginners regarding the type of material they should choose for the pattern.

Always ask yourself if the fabric you want is suitable for the garment you will be working with. Never use any fabric that your pattern envelope says shouldn’t be used.

You need to start with cottons first until you familiarize yourself with the different textures at your disposal.

You may use any fabric you like provided the texture is similar to the ones indicated on your pattern envelope. Pattern suggestions are not created to limit your fabric choices though.

These guidelines are just there to help you know which fabric to use as a beginner and to also avoid any future mistakes in your sewing experience.

2) Attempting Advanced Pattern Styles

Checking the Internet to learn how to sew is a good thing but a great deal of advice is targeted at much more experienced sewers. Modern technology can be extremely useful but many websites simply don’t teach the basic things about sewing.

Again, I remind you about shortcuts. Some may pick things up faster but that doesn’t mean hurrying is OK. Do not rush. You should always start from the very beginning.

Simple and easy patterns are best for beginners. Make a mini skirt out of woven linen fabric. Or shorts from cotton. These are the fabrics of choice for first timers. They are soft and more manageable to handle.

You can actually start with a simple handkerchief or a big scarf. Or shorts and perhaps pajamas afterwards. This is how it should be, a progression from small garments to bigger ones until you get to learn more and can then create beautiful, more ambitious products.

You will get used to sewing in time. Learn how to enjoy performing the basics. There is surely a lot that you can learn online but there is a great deal that you need to know which is not shown or taught digitally.

With sewing, the more you practice, the more you improve as you move along the way... And the better you get, the more your skills are developed. Practice always makes perfect. There is no doubt about it.

Just enjoy and feel the rewards of becoming better at sewing. And, before you know it, you will have already started mastering the craft.

3) Panic Buying Before You Can Even Start Sewing

Everyone’s guilty of gorging on sales, especially if all the patterns and expensive fabrics are priced at very low rates.

Again, this type of panic buying is best left to advanced learners. For the simple reason that (as I mentioned before) you don't know if you will suddenly lose interest in sewing.

What if you give up in the process? Well, you will sell those fabrics and patterns I guess. But then again, experienced sewers might have the same, a lot of stacked fabrics and patterns too and no interest in buying more.

You may get free patterns with instructions available from the Internet too. Take your time.

After making a series of garments and feeling sure that sewing is what you really want in your life then by all means splurge and indulge on sale items.

But until you’re in the in thing mode or trial and error phase, we suggest you get keep your impulses in check and wait for the right time. That is, when you are absolutely sure that sewing is for you.

4) Choosing The Wrong Materials For Sewing

Often, in order to save cash people tend to skimp on budget and buy tools that could rightly be considered second best. In other words, products barely fit for the work in question. Or sometimes they will use what is available to hand at home.

Using scissors meant for cutting paper: this one is definitely a no-no. There are special scissors designed to cut fabric and ordinary scissors are simply not up to the job. These are also not that sharp and might cause unevenness in the fabric’s cut.

It’s totally alright to consider alternatives as long as using such materials won’t hamper the time and the job itself. It shouldn’t compromise the quality of the product and the integrity of the sewer.

Most of the time, what you thought was helping you to save money can actually cost you dearly. If things get messed up with your garments you will create problems like increased duration and workload.

And with that comes additional expenditure if the fabric and patterns you used don’t live up to what they are meant to. Doing the job will tend to become harder and you will take longer to finish your garments.

Using the correct materials will not only save you time and money, but it will also allow you to complete the work better and more easily.

5) Sewing Too Many Garments In One Go

It is totally natural to be highly excited to sew if you are a beginner. The tendency is for you to have the desire to keep on sewing and try doing more while you are not yet done with your first garment..

There is nothing wrong with that as long as you can perfectly coordinate everything.

But it is advisable (and wiser at that) to start and finish one at a time. In that way, you will feel more fulfilled and not too tired especially after seeing your very first finished product rather than trying to finish everything at the same time and not seeing the fruits of any of your labor yet.

There is nothing more fulfilling for any first time sewers than to get to do their first garment and watch it hang in front of them. That will definitely push you to do more. And full of more enthusiasm than ever rather than tiring yourself doing too much simultaneously.

Again, a big NO to shortcuts please.

You will learn along the way and you will also definitely make some mistakes while doing your first project. And that is how you will learn and will be able to apply such lessons to your next projects.

Often multi-tasking slows you down rather than speeds things up. Think about doing things online... Three windows and nine tabs diminished your attention span. You do less not more.


Pay attention to these problems, try to not to fall foul of them and enjoy your sewing experience to the full!

Read more: Free Motion Sewing and Monogramming for Beginners

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