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Sewing Tips Saturday is something that I have wanted to start for a long time now. I was waiting until I had so many weeks planned out, but excitement finally got the best of me and I decided to jump in. I hope you will enjoy joining me each week for a few tips I have found helpful in my sewing journey.
There is no reason to be afraid of your machine, I promise. If I can do it, I know anyone can. The only way to get over that fear is to jump in. Read your manual, practice threading your machine over and over. If you can thread it with your eyes closed, you are getting somewhere. I find so many problems are solved just by re-threading your machine. It is very common for thread to slide out of its path, causing tension problems and knotting. Once you feel comfortable with threading and basic machine maintenance, it isn’t nearly as terrifying to sit down to sew.
Besides reading your manual and practicing at home, I highly recommend taking a class. If you buy your machine from a quilt shop or dealer, it’s very common to get a free class with your purchase that goes over the basics of your machine, which is a great bonus if you are in the market for a machine.
If you already have a machine and are looking to expand your knowledge, I recommend a free class like Sew Ready: Machine Basics from Craftsy. I also love the classes Sewing Machine 911 and Sewing Machine Feet from A to Z for learning more about your machine, its parts and troubleshooting.
I have taken several classes from Craftsy and I’m hooked. It’s so much more than just watching a video, the instructors are fabulous and there are also ways to interact in the class. I love how it allows you to take notes in the classes and it marks the video where you did so. That way it’s easy for you to come back to the particular place you made the note.
Do you feel ready to tackle your sewing machine yet? Trust me, you are only going to learn some things by problems occurring. I often say I have to learn everything the hard way. So, if you feel the same way, don’t worry, all of those problems build confidence later.
Do you have a sewing question that you need help with? Leave a comment below and I will try to answer it in a future Sewing Tips Saturday.