The Ultimate Learn To Sew Guide: Basics

I used to say that I was a ‘self taught’ sewer– but its not true. The reality is that I’m an internet taught sewer. Thanks to incredible bloggers there is enough information on the internet for anyone to learn to sew.

Here’s a list of our favorite sewing tutorials organized by skill.  Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Once you’ve finished, you’ll have mastered the basics of sewing and be well on your way to making simple home dec and apparel projects.

We will be adding new resource guides every few weeks here at Sewistry, so make sure to subscribe using Feedly, Bloglovin’ or Email so you don’t miss them.


Purchasing a Sewing machine:

Understanding A Sewing Machine - Martha Stewart Living
How to Choose and Buy a Sewing Machine- Luvinthemommyhood
3 Affordable Sewing Machines -Make It Handmade

Threading Your Machine:

How To Thread Your Machine– Tilly and the Buttons
Threading your Machine and Bobbin {video} - Couturier Mommy
Bobbins and Threading (includes top loading bobbin) – Finding My Feet

Cutting Fabric:

How To Square Up Fabric for Cutting — Living With Punks
How To Cut Fabric Straight– MADE

Machine Stitching:

Sewing Straight lines And Corners- Crazy Little Projects
Sew A Straight Line {video} – Couturier Mommy
Sewing Curves- Sew4Home


Perfect Pressing- Simple Simon and Co for Moda Bakeshop
How to Press Your Seams {video} - Couturier Mommy

Basics of Pattern Reading:

How To Read A Pattern Envelope- Sew Fearless
How To Read And Cut Out A Sewing Pattern - Professor Pincusion

Handsewing Basics:

The Magic Stitch- Make It Handmade
Basic Handsewing Stitches- Miss Sews It All

This list covers the essentials of sewing basics! Stay tuned for more learn to sew lists. There are so many wonderful tutorials out there, and so much more to sewing than just the basics.


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