What’s the Project? Whether you are new to sewing or you’re an old pro, these sewing tips are going to help you master your skills. Tons of sewing tricks and hacks to improve on all of your sewing skills.
With so much excitement about learning to sew, improving skills and easy sewing projects, I thought it would be a good time to pull together a list of all sorts of sewing tips and tricks for beginners, pros and everyone in between.
Even if you’ve been sewing for a long time, there are probably techniques you haven’t tried. And it’s fun to try new things right?
Let’s face it, probably almost all of us have things to learn and things to work on in our sewing, so today I’ve got a list of 50 Sewing Tips, Tricks, and Techniques to help you in your projects.
Sewing Tips for Beginners and Pros:
Here we go! I’ve broken it down into categories to make it easier. If you find other great tips and tricks online that you think would benefit others, feel free to send them to me and I can add them in.
Getting Started-Tips for Beginning Sewing:
Everything You Need-Sewing for Beginners
Understanding Your Sewing Machine
Sewing Dictionary-Sewing Terms Defined
What Supplies Will I Need to Start Sewing?
Winding and Threading Bobbin
Simple Steps to Improve Your Skills
Understanding Different Types of Fabric
How to Applique
Shirring/Smocking with Elastic Thread
Tips for Sewing Corners and Squares
Using a Stretch Stitch
Tip for Sewing on Vinyl
Which Fabric to Buy? Understanding How to Buy Fabric
Sewing with Cuddle Fabric
How to Sew on Leather
Cleaning Your Sewing Machine
A Guide to Sewing Machine Feet
Deciphering the Marks on Measuring Tape
Using Stay Tape
Understanding Interfacing and Lining
Sewing For Kids:
Hopefully, these sewing tips will be helpful for you in your sewing journey!
And be sure to join me on Pinterest where I pin sewing tips, sewing projects and all sorts of other great sewing ideas.
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Joan Gray says
I have been sewing for about 20 years and I learned how to sew mostly on-line. The problem I struggle with and is hard to find on-line is how to line up fabric and how to cut large quantities of fabric, like cutting and sewing a bed throw?
I really like your character hooded towels and that is how I got started on following you and sewing all kinds of things you have on video’s here, amazing!
So if there could be a video on how to properly get started on cutting fabric, as well how to even up your fabric for sewing, that would help me a lot!
Thanks Amber, Joan
I sit at home with the children and decided to sew something for myself.
Rumah Sederhana says
Amazing list!! I’ll be busy reading for a while. 🙂
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Franklins Colchester says
This was an extremely wonderful article. Thank you so much for supplying this information.
So glad you found it helpful!
Ben Cruz says
I started out as a beginner with Sewing Techniques from the Fashion Industry from Laurel Hoffman. Really helped me up my skill level and I’m glad to see you covered most of the brilliant tips.
Candy Keane says
50 tips, wow! Great list. I’m having trouble coming up with more than 5 for the little YouTube sewing tutorials I’ve been trying to do, lol.
Amelie Miller says
what a great article!!! 🙂 It really helps a lot especially for the beginners.. Looking forward for your next series of articles.. 🙂
Nell Kozub says
I always put a notch on the sleevehead when I cut it out. I also always sew three basting lines on the sleevehead to gather it into the sleeve, one quarter of an inch above the seam line, one on the seam line and one quarter of an inch below the seam line. This way, if one breaks when you are gathering it, you still have two left to use. I do this on any piece that I have to gather.
what a great article. Do you have a similar one for overlockers? IM HAVING A HARD TIME EVEN THREADING MINE PROPERLY lol AND THEN WHEN IT IS ALL I DO WITH IT IS SEW AND CUT THE EDGES…
The truth is that I have never even tried one!
Gillian Armstrong says
My tip is to always cut your thread ends off as you go.
Love the list! Any tidbits to help me understand the workings of a blind stitch? I’ve watched videos on you tube and looked at numerous tutorials, think I have it, and then… I’m confused 🙁
I haven’t ever tried it. Search pinterest because I have seen some bloggers post tutorials there.
These are so great! Wondering if you’ve come across any spot-on articles for guidance around a walking foot. Mine is giving me a heck of a time!
I haven’t seen any. I wonder if something is wrong with yours though because I have used one and it was very simple? Do you have the right kind for your machine?
Debbie Perkins says
We are NEVER too old to learn a new trick. I haven’t looked at them yet, but I plan on it. A seamstress always looks for ways to make her work simpler, hopefully, easier and quicker. I love talking to others about sewing, tips, or where to buy. Looking forward to a little inspiration time. Thanks. Sew on!
This is great stuff. Thanks for taking time to put this together..
Kristen Paul says
This is so awesome! Thanks for sharing.
At last, a proper ‘ learn to sew the basics’ site with proper pictures and everything!
I haven’t sewn since school but wanted to get back into it and you Amber are going to guide me every step of the way! 🙂
Katey Scott says
You are a saint!!! I don’t feel nervous about sewing at all anymore. Thank you!
Oh Amber–this is great resource! Thank you so much for putting this together!!!
Thank you Amber! This newbie appreciates your tips and tricks. Blessings!
Jansie Martin says
This compilation is amazing. Thank you so much!!
Thank you for putting this information all in one place! So helpful!!
I changed my mind, I do have one tip. Maybe everyone knows, but ironing makes such a professional look when you do it as you go and in the ends it pays off.
Susan Treloar says
Amen Diane! And no, not everyone knows this. Pressing as you go can make the difference of looking homemade and looking professional. I make my students do this and they are amazed at the difference. Thank you for reminding everyone.
Would you care to explain in more detail what you mean, Diane and Susan Treloar? English is not my first language and I am not sure what you mean by “ironing as you go”. Thanks a lot!
They mean making sure the fabric is ironed to start with and then ironing as needed between steps (if necessary)
Susan Treloar says
Cristina, I help people with their sewing projects often. Quilting, crafting and clothing, it’s all the same. After you sew 2 pieces of fabric together, it helps to press your seams – open or to one side. If you do the pressing and ironing as you sew the project together, the finished piece will look more professional and less home-made. You will be amazed at the difference this one step makes.
Hi Diane, I do this all the time, I don’t know how anyone can make a wearable garment without ironing seams open/to one side etc. as you go. I thought everyone did that!
Amazing list!! I’ll be busy reading for a while. 🙂
I don’t have any tips, but my home eck (sp) teacher was the best. That is where I learned how to sew better, however, I don’t sew much so any tips are appreciated. The teacher also gave us sheets that I saved for 20 some years. Then I realized I had those tips down. However, I find on pinterest how to do a zipper, which kind of intimidate me.
Charlotte J. Gravely says
I total agree with you. With 50 Sewing Tips for Beginners, people like us have a great list to learn sew better.
Thank Amber so much !