Wear and tear with home decor or home accessories are a common occurrence. Because of prolonged use or unexpected accidents, tears in fabrics can happen which is why learning how to sew is a very crucial skill. Not only that, learning how to sew can make decorating your home easier than ever. Although sewing is a very handy skill, not everyone knows how to do it. Understandably, it can be a bit of a challenge. However, worry no more. We’re going to teach you the basics of sewing.
Why Learn How To Sew?
If you love to do home projects, learning how to sew will be a game changer. Imagine sewing your own pillow cases, table runners and whole lot more DIY projects that require a bit of sewing. It can also help you save money as you don't have to replace or find a seamstress to repair or make home decor for you.
How To Sew And Repair Your Home Decor
Are you ready to learn how to sew? Here are some steps that should be able to help you acquire this valuable skill:
What You Need
Before you engross yourself on your sewing project, don't forget to prepare the basics. You need a needle, thread, and scissors. As you go along the way and be more comfortable with sewing, you can add more equipment to your kit. You can usually find these items at your local stores.
For simple projects or repairs at home, you don’t have to run out and get a sewing machine right away. Most can be done easily in the comfort of your home. The three most common hand stitches are:
- Backstitch – this is useful for basic embroidery or if you want a stitch that is durable. For an in-depth instruction on how to sew a backstitch, watch this video by Red Ted Art.
- Hemming Stitch – for torn hems, you can do a hemming stitch. Here’s a step-by-step by Craftsy.
- Slip Stitch – now this stitch is suitable for a lot your home decor repairs especially throw pillows and such. Slip stitch is an easy way to sew a seam from the outside of a garment or item. Find the detailed instructions here.
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As for some hints on how to sew, here’s are some of them:
- Cut your thread at an angle so that it will easily slide through the eye of the needle.
- Cut the thread based on what you’re going to repair. However, don’t cut the thread too long as it may tangle or knot.
- Use a single strand of the thread except when sewing buttons, snaps, or hooks.
- Secure stitches when you begin and end by making a few small stitches in place or by tying a knot.
- Wear a thimble on your middle finger to push the needle through the fabric.
- Keep stitches loose to avoid puckering as you sew.
And these are some tips on how to sew. I hope you learned some valuable insights and tried your hands on sewing. What would you like to see next? Leave a comment below!