Best Way To Learn Sewing as a Beginner

Best Way To Learn Sewing as a Beginner

If you want to create your own dresses or you want to earn a decent money, you may wonder,"What's the best way to start sewing as a beginner?"  There are many ways leading your imagination to creativity (sewing) and here I share some of the best ways, how I learnt sewing and you can sew too! 

Free Sewing Books​

How to learn sewing.​

How to buy a sewing machine.​

What Do You Mean By Sewin​g?

The dictionary meaning of sewing - 
verb

sewing

sewsəʊ/

  1. join, fasten, or repair (something) by making stitches with a needle and thread or a sewing machine."she sewed the seams and hemmed the border"
    synonyms:stitch, machine stitch;
    antonyms:unpick, remove, rip, tear
    • attach (something) to something else by sewing."she could sew the veil on properly in the morning"
    • make (a garment) by sewing."the two sisters sewed their own dresses"

W​hat to Expect When Starting to Learn Sewing.

If you are bored out of your life despite having everything then try sewing. It challenges your mind to create. You can not be bored and creative at the same time.

When we call it Stitching or Sewing here, we can refer to all activities that revolves around or inside creating anything. It could be a wide array of things, like :-

  • Visualizing Thoughts and Ideas
  • Drawing and Sketching
  • Cutting (Developing hand to mind coordination ) – fabric as well as paper / other materials
  • Pasting
  • Sewing
  • Decorating / Merchandising
  • Organizing – ideas as well as material
  • There are so many other things, which we’ll take up as we proceed.

When we get ourselves into arranging different aspects to create one particular design. To reach a goal, we get focused, we concentrate our energies and attention towards that and that’s what’s important to keep us creative.

No matter how boring your life is, once you get up to start it, you get into action mode and then nobody can stop you.

For you or for the kids, it’s a good productive engagement to start with making a few decorative stitches on your plain dresses.

I used to bond with my mother over some simple sewing projects. I had a working mom, who used to have very little time for all or us six siblings but I used to enjoy the exclusive attention, she used to bestow on me while explaining things!

Sewing terminology

Sewing Tools You Will Need

Basic Sew Kit

Sewing Machine

Fabric

Drafting Tools

How To Know If You Can Sew?

Though, there is no hard rule that you need certain traits to sew but if you loved cutting and scattering pieces of paper / fabric tit bits around the room as a kid, while being busy doing your crafts, chances are you’d love to sew .

AM I THE RIGHT FIT FOR SEWING?

I believe that sewing is a productive hobby and a profitable business which can never let you down. You never have to be bothered about your friend wearing the same dress bought from the famous mall as you have your unique collection, which no one can copy.

But the question which may be popping in your head for some time is "Is it too much work and too difficult?" and moreover "Am I able to learn all those things to make a perfect dress at home myself?"​

It is easy to answer this question, if you close your eyes and imagine yourself as a kid who is ready to try new things. Excited to ​be yourself and explore what all you can do!

If you loved cutting and scattering pieces of paper / fabric tit bits around the room, liked pasting, joining, decorating, creating something out of nothing then your chances of being successful as a designer is very high.

Believe me, this is a hobby, which can keep you engaged, productive and mentally stimulated too. You may wonder Why Should You Stitch in these Ready-to-Wear times? There are ample reasons in favor of sewing.

But Where Should I Start?

We live in very happy and good times when so many people are ready to share their skills and knowledge with us free of cost genuinely. Earlier, we used to search and find the resources (books, teacher, institute etc.) by going through different places, which was very time consuming but now, we can even learn through online videos tutorials at our convenience.

A good mentor can make learning easier.

7 Steps Guide to Help You Learn Sewing

Practice makes a person perfect and there is no denying this fact. But another fact is every expert was once a beginner. Here I share with you the steps which may help you tremendously in your creative pursuit :-

1.Have a Mentor

Don't Keep Your Doubts in Your Mind. Ask Your Queries from Sewing Community & Share Your Challenges with Them.

§ ​Whatever you want to learn, it helps to have a mentor. Be it your mother, friend, teacher or online community which you can trust to answer your queries. Have a mentor or join a like-minded group of people or community.

It will help you understand the basics fast and gain expertise quickly. You will be elated that there is someone you can always go back to, when things are not going your way.

2.Books are the Best Guide

Go through Sewing | Stitching Free Online Books to Get Better Understand of Video Tutorials

§ Trust the pen, paper and books. The tips I am sharing with you may be different from all the advice you ever got about learning to sew your dress but these things helped me so I believe they can help you too. Have some online or offline reference books which you can check, when needing clarifications.

Keep a notepad and write down details about the sewing project you take. For example, if you make a handkerchief - write down fabric material taken, measurements taken, thread and needle chosen etc. with the date of initiating your sewing project.

This practice will help you learn and keep a record of your learning, which you can revise at any time in future for reference. Also note down success rating of your project. Why it turned out good and what improvement needed for the next project?

3.Know Your Tools

Know the Sewing Tools You'll Need to Start Measuring, Drafting, Cutting & Sewing

§ Collect all the tools that you need to make your dress. You'll need measuring tape, tailors chalk, scale, fabric scissors, Iron and ironing board, pins, tracing wheel etc. These tools are easily available at any sewing supplies store near you or you can check out online as well.

4.Practice Sewing

Domestic Use Sewing Machine for Beginners with Multiple Features & Decorative Stitches

§ Get familiar with your sewing machine. Though, you can do basic sewing, decorative stitches etc. by hand sewing but it takes longer completing a dress. A sewing machine is an investment. It serves you for years and generally passed on to generations. If you already have a sewing machine then your must get to know it's parts and repair mechanics.

§ If you don't have a sewing machine then you must consider buying a sewing machine considering next ten years. You may ask what's a good beginner's sewing machine? So, I have two machines, one is industrial use sewing machinewhich has a strong body and works like a monster - super fast but stitches straight only. Another one is Usha Janome Stitch Magic which got so many decorative stitches and additional features than just stitching straight. Now, it's your choice. You want just one single straight stitch with superfast speed or too many features with relatively low speed.

5.Understand Measurements

Standard Measurement Chart & Body Measurement Calculations: Ready-to-Use

§ Understand body frame and how to measure using a measuring tape. You need to understand that making your own clothes is not as difficult as some people have made it.

Joining a big fashion institute for learning dress making is a silliest mistake that you can make (because I have already made that mistake!)

They teach you drafting, illustration, sketching, portfolio building and hundred other things which leave you exhausted and wondering if fashion designing is really about making dresses!

Learn The Difference Between Standard Measurements & Body Measurements

Actually fashion designing is much much more than dress making. So, to understand dress making in a layman's words, you need to understand how a HUMAN BODY is created.

§ It's got WIDTH & LENGTH which we need to cover beautifully and elegantly. For this you need to know a little bit about measurements. That's simple! 2+2 together. That's it!

6.Learn DIY Sewing Online

Sewing tutorial channels which you can learn from.

§ Next comes cutting dresses to your measurement. Though, ready made dress patterns are available in the market, it is advisable to learn pattern making yourself. That way, you save your energy in find out patterns, money to buy them and then the storage to keep patterns intact for the next use.

Pattern making is easy and I generally mark and cut the fabric directly. If it's a designer piece then I adhere to patterns. so, learn the practical way of cutting and making dress with me by joining me on youtube channel.

There are many methods and different techniques you can use to make your dresses. One is to keep your ready fitting dresses on the fabric, leave some seam allowance and cut. Another method is to use formulas and calculations and make a proper fitting dress. I explained all different methods on

7.Start Small

Start making simple handkerchief, cushion cover or do some simple long stitches to get a hold on your machine.

These are the ideas and tips for any beginner to start on a sewing machine. Initially, you can take up these easy to do projects for yourself or for your loved ones and gradually you can make your dresses.

The next step is sewing your dress. In each tutorial I explained in detail. If you have any doubts you can ask me or the other members.


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Best Sewing Books to Buy

Best Sewing Books to Buy

When we start sewing, we start looking for the best sewing books to buy. Because no matter how many video tutorials on sewing are available; a book is a must to learn a craft from the beginning.

WHILE BUYING TECHNICAL BOOKS FOR CUTTING & TAILORING, EITHER WE GO BY THE RECOMMENDATIONS OF OUR INSTRUCTOR OR BY THE EXPERTS WHO HAVE ALREADY USED THOSE BOOKS.

SOMETIMES OUR FRIENDS ALSO PITCH IN TO HELP US IN THE PROCESS.

Books to learn good cutting & sewing.

The books by Gayatri Verma, Zarapkar and Marfy are the ones I have used extensively. Rest of the design books you find in abundance in your neighborhood stationery shop also. The various design books are published by different publishing houses and the designs are very region specific.

I believe that cutting & tailoring or for that matter Fashion Designing is very individualistic. It’s just like cooking. If you know the basic ingredients right , you may cook anything. Likewise, if you know your basics right, you can stitch just anything.

You would get a lot of information which you can use for self-tutoring in my post Free Books on Cutting & Tailoring:

TO START WITH STITCHING BUT STILL IF YOU NEED TO BUY A SELF LEARNING BOOK THEN I WOULD RECOMMEND THE FOLLOWING BOOKS:-

Cutting tailoring in Hindi

  • Cutting & Tailoring Course by Gayatri Verma (Hindi Edition) This book is very practical. Can be used for home tailoring purpose. Reading theory part is important to grasp the lay out and pattern cutting.
  • This would be a good book in Hindi for learning the tailoring yourself. There is also a book Rapidex Home Tailoring Course by Asha Rani Vohra which is practically useful by which anybody can master the art of Cutting & Tailoring.

Best Cutting system

  • Zarapkar System of Cutting– One of the best books on Cutting and understanding the details of cutting various types of garments. Some of the layouts you may find out here in this link.
  • Though, initially it takes a little bit more time to understand this book and its technical language but once you are absorbed into Cutting & Tailoring mode, this book is very useful in the long run. It can be referred time and again.

Design Books

  • Design Books – When we start with our fabric, sometimes we need a guidance on the kind of design our fabric would be most suitable for.
  • For this purpose, it helps to refer to various design books to widen our color and design combinations and varied choices of layout of the available fabric.
  • There are many design books available in the market and many more are being launched every day.
  • Publishers keep updating them as per the market trends and fashion fads at any given point of time. Therefore, the designs in these books may change from time to time.

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Regional Books

  • Region specific Cutting,Tailoring & Design books – These are regional fashion books. The language and cutting formulas would be very basic.

Reference Books

  • Western Wear & Designs – This is also one of my favorite book on western designs, which you may find useful too. It gets published every year and with every Marfy magazine you get free patterns also. The designs shown are evergreen and can be adapted in various styles.

I hope these books are useful in your journey to learn Cutting & Tailoring as they have helped me in being a self learnt dress maker.

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Free Sewing Books to Make Your Own Patterns

Free Sewing Books to Make Your Own Patterns

Do you know that before buying sewing books, you must check out some of the free sewing books to understand the contents. The best way to learn anything including sewing is by referring to relevant good books.  YouTube is full of free video sewing tutorials and some of these are really good. But if you know your basics from a sewing book, your understanding increases manifolds.

Written material & books provide us a clear road map on how to go about our dress making project but initially we hesitate to invest in any new book as their usefulness is not very clear to us.

How to learn sewing?

How to buy sewing machine?​

Even if we are clear that we intend to buy a book on Cutting, Sewing, Tailoring & Dress Designing, we sometimes wish to know the content description and clarity before buying, which is very very important.

Sewing Books to Buy.

How to buy clothes?​

We Make a Better Buying Decision, when We Know the Content & Relevance.

As we gain understanding, it becomes easier for us to make a smart decision about choosing the reference material or books on tailoring to get closer to our goal of self tuition on Cutting & Tailoring or stitching.

Through experience, I realized that there are a number of books available in the market on Cutting & Tailoring and their content is somewhat the same but the way things are explained differs and one book may be easy to understand for your friend but it does not mean that it could be as easy on you as well.

Some people may be more comfortable with certain type of descriptive explanation and some of us can do with simple instructions and detailed narration.

It may vary from individual to individual. Still, I made some efforts to gather the information which I used at different points of stitching & dress making to get my concepts clear.

To start with, you may check out these books and reference material by experts for developing a clear understanding on the concepts of dress making. These are all FREE to read and to learn self tailoring :-

Sewing Books for Beginners

  • Cutting & Tailoring for Beginners – Even if you know nothing about stitching but interested to learn on your own then this book may prove useful. It covers the basic topics and content which will make you understand taking measurement, choosing clothe, setting your sewing machine in order and making basic draft for dresses.
  • Sewing for beginners  – This online sewing book provides contents in an easy to understand layout. You may try it. It has simple English to understand the basics.

Sewing Books for Sewists

  • Advanced Cutting & Tailoring with Designing – This book is an advance version of the above Cutting & Tailoring for Beginners Book. It is useful if you want to thoroughly understand the garment making process with a keen interest in designing. Alternatively, if you know the basics then you may skip to the chapter you are looking for. On the last pages you will find very easy to understand useful patterns also.
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  • Reference Material: Last but not the least important is going through the images given and checking out from the visuals because eyes never lie. Sometimes what a hundred words can’t explain, a picture can.
  • Basics of Sewing– This book provides limited information on certain subjects for beginners to start with. Only a few points are explained keeping in mind the simplicity and grasping levels of novices. It is a good idea to start small. That small information includes certain technical words and it might test your vocabulary. When you learn and do step by step, you can retain the knowledge for a longer period.

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Cutting & Sewing Tools You Must Have

Cutting & Sewing Tools You Must Have

We get ready with our sewing tools to start with our Cutting & Tailoring. To start with, there is not a very big list but yes, small small things make a big difference here. While you sew, there are some basic tools. But when it comes to decorating your dress or sewing project, there is a huge variety to choose from.

First of all, I introduce you to the Stitching Material needed to go ahead. These are the very basic ones to begin with and as we carry on with our journey, we will find out some more interesting things.

In fact, the decorative material and other stitching material which we use to beautify our dresses are in abundance and surely it will be a fun to go along this road with good ideas and interesting materials to design our imagination.

Basic Tools for Cutting, Pattern Making & Sewing for Beginners

Basic Tools & Material for Cutting

  • Measuring Tape
  • A Notebook and a pen/pencil (to note down the measurements)
  • A good sharp fabric cutting scissors
  • 24 inches long scale
  • A fabric chalk
  • Clothe of desired length and width
  • Iron + Ironing board
  • Leg curve (optional)
  • Tracing Wheel

Basic Tools for Simple Sewing Projects

  • Your Sewing Machine
  • Thread
  • Thread Cutter
  • Bobbin
  • Sewing Machine Oil
  • Hand Sewing Needles
  • All purpose pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • Marking Chalk
  • Fabric Scissors
  • Trimmings-lace, button etc

I know that you’ll say these are just a fraction of the whole but you should start with very basic ones and as you gain experience, you can add more material and more tools to your sewing kit.

Your Complete Cutting & Sewing Tool Kit

1. French Curves : For shaping armholes and necklines and for a variety of other shaping needs. 


2. Pencil & Sharpener : Necessary for pattern making.

 

3. Other Pencils & Pens : Use red and black colored pencils to identify pattern changes. Use felt-tip pens in green and blue for pattern information.

 

4. Notcher : Cuts notches on pattern. Indicates guide marks such as seam.allowance, ease and dart intake.

 

5. Tracing Wheel : Transfers muslin pattern to paper and paper pattern to fabric

 

6. Straight Metre Scale : For measure / Measuring on fabric

 

7. Eraser : Non-dust eraser.

 

8. Weights : To hold pattern in place while making or tracing. Anything that.is heavy will do.

 

9. Marking Chalk : Used for marking fabric. 


10. Tracing Paper : To transfer muslin pattern shapes or to make copies of original.patterns.

 

11. Paper Scissors : To cut paper patterns

 

12. Fabric Scissors : To cut fabrics

 

13. Triangle (Set Square) : Can be with or without measurements.

 

14. Hip Curve : Shapes hip, hem, elbows and lapels.

 

15. L Scale : For making the patterns

 

16. Inseam Curve : Shapes inseams

 

17. Measuring Tape : For measuring form or figure.

 

18. Oil Pins : To keep fabrics in place 19. Scotch Tape : To hold the fabric in place


20. Notebook : To make notes

 

21. Muslin Cloth : To check the pattern before making actual garment

 

22. Stapler with Pins

 

23. Board Pins 24. Cutting Table

 

25. Hand Punch : Punches holes for storing patterns


26. Compass : For drawing circles and arcs

 

27. Pattern Paper


Kit for Sewing

1. Bobbin

2. Machine Sewing Needles

3. Hand Sewing Needles

4. Thimble

5. Seam Opener

6. Thread

7. Oil Pins

8. Measuring Tape

9. Marking Chalk

10. Fabric Scissors

11. Pinking Shears

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Sewing Tools You Need

Basic Sew Kit

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Fabric

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How To Sew Your Own Clothes

How To Sew Your Own Clothes

​If you have never stitched anything till date, how would you start sewing your own clothes? You may get apprehensive, afraid and even skeptical. But, sewing is easy and just anybody can sew comfortably good. You can easily sew your clothes by checking out these simple video tutorials.You can cut pattern and sew easily.

How to Take Measurements

How to use ready measurement calculations

Sewing your own Pajama / Pants / Bottoms

How to Sew your own Top or Tunic

How to Sew your Jackets

How to Sew Sleeves

How to Make Beautiful Necklines

How to Make Pockets

How to Make Saree Blouse Designs

How to make Useful Sewing Projects

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Where to Buy Fabric from?

Where to Buy Fabric from?

When you start sewing your dresses, the first important question arises is,"Where to buy fabric from?" Because initially you need a good number of fabric pieces to try your newly acquired skills. Moreover, even if you do not sew yourself, you need fabric for different purposes. To meet your everyday and special occasion fabric needs, you end up frustrated or end up paying much more than required. 

So, what options are there for you when you need fabric?​

At this level, you have many options with you. For example -

1.Make Use of Gifted Fabrics. Be Minimalistic. Be Clutter free!

you can use fabric material or dresses that your relatives gifted you on different occasions. But you could never gather enough courage to wear them. These fabrics or dresses are lying under some drawers and cursing you endlessly. In return, you look at them at the time of annual cleaning session and pack them back. Now is the right time. Get those fabric or dresses out. Reinvent those dresses or fabric materials to make something new, which you could adore.

2.​Local Scrap Market could be a Gold Mine!

Secondly, explore the local scrap market for huge variety of fabric materials, that also within your budget. ​You may wonder if any such market exist around your residence. But when you inquire a little within your neighborhood, you may get valuable information. Visit these local markets. Do not buy anything in your first visit (if you are not confident). But subsequent visits would make your comfortable to bargain and buy your kind of stuff.

Anybody who loves sewing, such scrap markets are like heaven. You can get a huge variety of fabrics at dirt cheap rates. You get to know different materials in such markets. You can bargain and buy in retail or bulk. 

3.​Check out local Export Market or Custom Seize Shops

While scrap markets are good for fabric material shopping, you can get your hands on some of the branded stuff on custom seize shops or export surplus goods stores. Generally, the rates are low but you can still bargain at forty percent down. If you do not get your desired sizes, you can still buy dresses and alter them to your size.

4.​Save Commuting time & hassles by checking out Online Stores!

There is one more option, online purchase of fabric material. Given the easy return policy of most of the online stores, even I prefer saving my time in commuting and order online. If the fabric is really not up to your expectation, you can try something else. ​

Bitten by the shopping bug & want to go out for real shopping therapy?

DELHI MARKETS ARE FULL OF THINGS TO HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR GOAL OF THAT PERFECTLY DONE DRESS. WE WILL DO MARKET HOPPING AND WILL FIND OUT THE HIDDEN TREASURES OF VARIOUS MARKETS. THE VERY WELL KNOWN TO NOT VERY FAMILIAR BUT USEFUL MARKETS FOR A STITCHING ENTHUSIAST.

Check out some of Delhi's popular markets

Chandni Chawk, Kinari Bazaar –

Whereas you get a good variety of fabric materials from cloth markets of Chandni Chawk, some lanes of Nai Sarak and whole of Krishna cloth market.

You can make these fabrics embellished with flowers, motives, buttons, laces and all sorts of trimmings from Kinari Bazaar.​

Kinari Bazaar is a hub of a huge variety of trimmings and embellishments. No matter what is your budget, you get to have things from duplicate to original. If you know what you want it’s a heaven of must buys. And if you are skeptical about things then buy from established shops here rather than from the road side vendors. The market is closed on Sundays.

Lajpat Nagar Central Market –

The roads leading to Lajpat Nagat Central Market have many export fabric shops. The fabrics sold in these shops are really awesome. A great range and variety of fabrics are available for a designer’s imagination. You get fabrics from moderately to highly priced but they are worth their cost. Market is closed on Monday.

Shahpur Jat –

Shahpur Jat is home to big brands in fashion. Besides, you can find good craftsmen and embroidery workers, too. This place also has many shops of stitching and embroidery material and variety is huge.

Mangolpuri Scrap Market –

Mangolpuri Scrap Market is a roadside informal makeshift shops selling all types of export surplus scrap fabrics. For a first time visitor, the market may look unattractive and clueless. But if you know how to use which fabric and you could assess usage of different textures of fabrics to make designer dresses then this market is quite useful and economic.

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