Want to learn how to sew? This is the place! Dust off your unused sewing machine or unpack your new one and see how to start sewing - here's how to learn to sew the easy way.
Are you new to the sewing world? Not sure where to start, but you'd want to sew your first project, maybe something useful, pretty and super easy?
Good, you're at the right place!
I'm so happy to help you with my free and super easy sewing tutorials any beginner will understand. And more than 100 - also free - easy sewing projects you can take at your own pace. We'll have so much fun together - and you'll walk away with a super useful and fun skill that you will have for life!
What you are looking at right now is what I consider the most comprehensive list of all AppleGreen Cottage sewing tips and learning resources! And I keep adding new tutorials to this list, so make sure to save this post to Pinterest so you can access it any time you need it:
Sewing By Machine
First, you'll need some essential sewing tools. Let me ask you first: do you want to learn to sew by hand, or do you wish to learn to sew by machine?
Tools For Sewing
What are the Must-Have Sewing Tools? - Here's a great post I wrote a while ago, a shortlist of what you really need to start to sew. Nothing fancy, really just a few are must-haves, and the rest are optional. One thing that you'll really need to have is a sewing machine. So let's clear one thing up first:
What is the best sewing machine for beginners?
In short: nothing fancy. No, really. Don't spend too much money at the start. Here's why. Also, I don't want you to spend a fortune on your machine (and heaps of fabric) when you don't even know if you're gonna like the new hobby.
And don't let it lose you months of choosing, comparing, selecting the latest new shiny model in the market. I mean it. Either choose something fairly simple - or - even better, a used machine you were handed down by your mom or grandma. Those are often the best to start! One thing, if buying a used machine from someone else, make sure it goes through the maintenance of a trusted repair service first.
Why I'm saying that? You're not gonna believe it, but I still use a basic, mechanical (not-computerized!) sewing machine I bought myself when I moved into my first own apartment. You can see it here in this post. If it works for me, all my blog tutorials and the shop patterns (shameless plug!) - and those are pretty successful and loved by my customers, it will work for you when starting out. Why get 150 stitch options when really you only need two, a straight stitch and the zigzag! (and I probably use 3 more when I'm feeling fancy!)
Also worth mentioning if you're going after a lower-priced sewing machine, I would seriously prefer the thought of a mechanical sewing machine and not a computerized one. My rationale behind that: a computer, no matter how limited, would need to cost more to be reliable. And I do not want to deal with a super cheap computer in a sewing machine.
The only time you REALLY need a more advanced sewing machine for me, it would be if I wanted to sew a lot of stiff layers - those industrial machines are workhorses! So if you are planning to start a bag making business with a lot of leather sewing involved right now, get yourself one from that range. All else, you can start with the basic ones I've mentioned above.
The Basics Of Sewing
Now straight to the basic sewing lessons, all free, and then hands-on sewing tips and techniques you need to know if you sew. But no fear, I'll be here with you all the way through. All you need to do is start and the rest is up to me to keep you going, ok?
Firstly, if you feel confused about all those fancy sewing terms, here's a quick and simple sewing terms glossary to help you if you're just starting out - a guide to understanding the basic sewing terms.
How To Use the Sewing Machine
(Tutorials about how to use the sewing machine, like how to thread the sewing machine tutorial - coming soon!)
The Basic Sewing Stitches - Meet the basic sewing stitches here.
Don't let broken needles or skipped stitches ruin your sewing! Learn how to fix common sewing machine problems with this free class.
Basic Sewing Skills
So, let's see the basic sewing skills that will come in handy. The first ones are the most basic skills and beginner sewing tips that will make your start easy and quick.
Every section will include projects I recommend you to take on. Choose the one you like most, move on, and you can return at any time. Once you've read through those - just use what you need, you might not need everything. All are pretty quick to master, and no fear, not asking for perfection.
List of basic sewing SKILLS and tutorials
- How to Trace A Pattern On Paper - One of my favorites, and it could become yours too, if you love sewing but not so much the pattern tracing work. 6 Smart tips that will show you how to use household items for tracing your printed pattern so you can reuse the original and make all sizes you might ever need!
- How To Pin Pattern On Fabric - See how to pin a pattern to fabric and how to cut fabric using a sewing pattern. Must-know!
- How To start hand-stitching without a knot - clever!
- How to sew an invisible stitch - handy!
- Finish Stitching The NEAT Way
- How to Clip Corners - Effectively! -
- The Most useful Hem - and a little folding hack
Let me continue:
- How To Use Batting scraps - you can save money with this clever how-to. Did you know you can just use scraps of interfacing and reattach them to make a larger piece, see this easy batting scraps hack!
- How To Miter Corners (neat and easy)
- How To Box The Corners (and make a basic bag!)
- See how to sew darts!
- How To Sew A French Seam -
- How to sew a button by hand - let me show you how to hand stitch a button. A super useful life skill, video included!
- How To Sew A Buttonhole - See how to sew a buttonhole on your sewing machine. Easier than you'd think.
- KAM snaps (my fav alternative to buttons)
- How to Attach Magnetic Snaps – classy, and you’ll be surprised to see how easy it is!
- Pull-in strings on bags – here’s how to add a drawstring to a bag
- And this pattern has a different type of drawstring closure (I love it!)
How To Sew Zippers
We all know there are several ways to sew most things. This is why I have been showing different zipper sewing techniques here on the site, so everybody can test them and decide on their preferred way to create.
And zippers deserve a special spot, so let me do a separate list:
- how to install a slider on zipper tape - and all about zippers by the yard!
- zipper closures: zippers with tabs here and a different type of zipper tabs here
- the zipper opens really wide with this makeup pouch
- and here’s a boxed zipper (yes!) I love this clever construction, but it's a more advanced one (bookmark to use later!)
And here's my detailed zipper sewing guide here on AppleGreen Cottage - never fear zippers again!
How to sew Pockets
- see how to make a simple slip pocket in this tote tutorial – no flap.
- How to sew patch pockets - on anything! You can add a flap too, easy-peasy!
- How to make a simple welt zipper pocket – and instructions if you haven’t yet made one. Easy, but looks cool.
More Best sewing tips for beginners:
Best sewing projects for beginners
There are way over 100 free sewing projects for all skill levels here on AppleGreen Cottage, feel free to check them out. Or better yet, start with these from the easy sewing category. Super easy and quick - imagine how you'll feel once you've finished your first sewing project - woohoo!
These beginner sewing projects might become your first favorites:
- this BASIC Scrunchie
- Plus 4 free scrunchie patterns – SUPER CUTE!
- Diy SLEEP MASK (Super Cute!)
- How To Sew An infinity scarf (So soft!)
- Diy Pencil Case – Easy And Quick!
- a fairly easy clutch pattern!
- The Easiest Diy Placemat
- How To Make Makeup Remover Pads (Go green!)
More Beginner sewing projects
- diy hand warmers with rice
- Quick Diy Napkins
- Diy Baby Headband – Sweet & Easy!
- How To Make Gift Tags – With Hexies!
- Diy Felt Button Snake – Best Diy Toys To Make!
- How To Make A Pincushion – Two Ways!
- Baby Blanket Pattern – The Easiest I Know!
- How To Make Hair Bows
- How To Make A Felt Bow
- A lot of easy bookmarks to sew
- Baby Bandana Bib - the free pattern comes in 2 sizes
- classic baby bib pattern
- tooth fairy pouch - comes with a cute free pattern
- Colorful DIY Felt Coasters Tutorial (hardly any sewing involved!)
Also, check out this master list of beginner sewing projects here at ApleGreen Cottage.
Let me add, these are all skill builders. I take great pride in making my tutorials super easy to follow with many photos, clear directions, and so many tips and even hacks to make your sewing easy and fun. But it's so much worth it - hundreds of my readers' project photos, replies, emails, and thank-you notes from you - boy that's the best way I could ever wish to use my teaching skills!
Now it's your turn: let me know what else you'd like me to show you, or teach you. Good ideas need to be shared - make sure to share your makes, I'd love to see them! Use #applegreencottage or tag me @applegreencottage on Instagram. Always happy to meet you!
Oh, and one more thing that's been super helpful for me when I work on a sewing project, and it could be to you too. Anything you ever work on, please remember:
A completed project is better than a perfect project.So true! Now, let's do it!
More Sewing Tips And Intermediate Level Sewing Tutorials
Also, here are my 10 favorite sewing courses online - tried and tested! I loved them, and I know you'll love them too!
So if you've made it through to this spot, congratulations! You're determined to make the best use of my sewing tutorials, and this is awesome!
But first, to make sure you can return to this list! Save this post to Pinterest so you can access it any time you need a tip on anything sewing-related:
WANT MORE FREE TUTORIALS AND PATTERNS?
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Or …check out my PDF pattern – the Mia Clutch pattern. One of my quickest and easiest pouch patterns, and it has a nice little folding hack you'll love!
Beginner-friendly, no zippers at all.