How To Sew
Learning the basics

Learning how to sew as a beginner can be challenging, however, with some straight forward help, sewing is a fun and rewarding skill to learn. Understanding the basics will get you on your way in no time. 

Learn To Sew
Quick Links to Learn the Basics

Below are links to learn the fundamental information you will need to learn how to sew. When you're getting started, simple information will help you make sense of this wonderful craft, easing you into more difficult projects. Let's get started!

Understanding Sewing Patterns

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So you purchased a sewing pattern, and you found it was overwhelming, this sewing patterns page will help you figure out the details. The more you know going into a project the better. Have a look and get some help. 

Sewing Materials and Supplies

sewing materials and tools

Like any craft, there are thousands of tools you could have and some you should have. If you're like me, you may want to run out and purchase more than what you actually need. I suggest having a look at this sewing materials page to see what you will need and how to use some of the tools that you may want to purchase in the future. 

How to Buy a Sewing Machine

Janome sewing machine 11000

Your machine is of course a huge part of being a good seamstress. If you need to buy a machine or need help understanding more about them, go to my sewing machines page for help. If you would like to know a little history about the them check out the who invented the sewing machine page.

Understanding Fabrics


The joy of fabric and learning to sew go hand in hand. This is what any seamstress or quilter thinks when they go into a fabric store. Understanding what fabric works best with each project you create can make the difference between great and not so great. Find out a more about the different types of fabrics here.

Learning How to Sew Tutorials
Quick Links To Popular Pages

Understanding Sewing Notions

sewing notions

In sewing, notions are those small items you use to finish a project, such as bias tape, buttons, snaps, zippers, and embellishments. Sewing notions can also be the small tools you use in the process of cutting, hand sewing, and the tools to make your sewing process much faster and easier. 

Much like a seamstress needs tools and fabrics, you'll find notions are also important for making your sewing experience much more pleasurable. Starting something new has a learning curve, but understanding what tools to use for each sewing project, can save you time and maybe some frustration. Check out the trims and notions page for more information. 

Below are some of the projects I have put together. You can share your projects below as well. I am happy to see what you have been creating. 

How to Sew Bows

how to make a bow

Creating a beautiful bow seems like a simple task, but there are many ways to create a bow. Here is a page on how to make a bow, have a look. 

Marc Jacobs Teaches Fashion Design
Marc Jacobs Masterclass

Plus size Sewing 

Burda plus size patterns
  • I have come across some very good websites for  plus size women’s clothing, as well as books for plus size sewing. I hope this gives you ideas for current fashions. Take a look, I am sure you will be inspired to sew some up to date trendy styles.

 How to Sew Quilt Patterns

how to make a baby quilt

Sharing your creations is a great way to help each other learn. If you have sewn the latest garment from one of the commercial pattern companies or any project, share in the  community. You can do this here, or search for forums and other websites such as www.allfreesewing.com. This is a wonderful website to get and give inspiration. 

How to Sew Homemade Costumes

strawberry shortcake costume

Click the link to have a look at some homemade costumes I have created for a theatre group and perhaps you will find some inspiration for your next Halloween costume. There are many patterns and tutorials available on internet. Your imagination is your only limit. 

More Information

You will find information on how to buy serger sewing machines, pressing techinques and so much more.

If you have already started your sewing experience, you can share your projects here too.

Tell Me What You're Looking For 

Don't hesitate to let me know what sewing instructions you need. The form below gives you the opportunity to tell me what help you would like to see.

It also gives me the opportunity to solve your problems when ever I can and it will help me become a better seamstress too. 

If you have your own tips and information you would like to share, please do. We all want to see what our fellow seamstresses are doing.

The more communities on the web the better. This is a wonderful skill to have no matter what level you are. So many people ask me simple "how to's" for stitching buttons and other basic seamstress techniques, so if you share you will be benefiting a lot of visitors

Please look through the other pages Sew Stitch Learn has to offer, I think you will find the information  helpful.

Do You Have A Sewing Tip? Want To Share Your Tip? Or Do You Have A Sewing Question?

Share Your Tip or Question With Your Fellow Sewers!

If you have a question, please give as much information as you can.
For example the pattern brand and number of pattern or photos of what your working on. This will make it so much easier for me to help you.

What Other Visitors Have Contributed.

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Soccer quilt pattern 
I would like the soccer quilt pattern. Hi Trish, There isn't a pattern perse. This is a tutorial. The quilt is based on the hexagon shape. The …

Sewing Machine Needle 
Questions: What needle size should I use for machine sewing thick linen?. Answer: Hi Margarite, The best needle to use for heavy linen …

Homemade costume ideas 
I see that you work in a costume shop. I am wondering if you can give me some easy homemade costume ideas for my daughter who is 8 and my son who is 5. …

Ballet Tutu  
What fabric is used to make a ballet tutu? Ballet tutus are made with tulle. Tulle comes in many different weights and textures, for different types …

Sewing damask fabric 
What is damask fabric, and can I use it to sew garments and what is it best suited for? Damask fabric is made from Silk, Cotton, Wool, Linen, and Synthetic …

Glove Patterns for Sewing Wedding Gloves 
I want to make some fingerless wedding gloves but I cannot find a pattern any where online. Hi Danni, I have sent you a picture of a current Vogue …

What kind of needles to purchase for my Singer 9117? 
I am new to sewing. Have a Singer 9117 and am going to make scrunchies for hair. Not sure what kind of fabric I'm going to use. Maybe a non woven …

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Sewing Materials, Notions & Supplies
A guide to the sewing materials needed when you’re learning how to sew.
Embroidery Sewing Machines Information
Embroidery sewing machines add unique charm to your home sewing projects. Find out more.
Sewing Trims and Notions - A guide to the essentials
A guide to understanding sewing trims and notions, and what they are used for, when you are a beginner sewist.
Pressing Techniques and Tools- How To Iron
Learn more about pressing techniques and tools and how to iron when you sew
Sewing Scissors and Cutting Tools
Sewing Scissors Guide-There are many cutting tools- here is a guide to help make sense of them all.
Mannequins Dress Forms
Here is a guide to dress forms for sewing. Why you need one, where to find them and what is the best one for your sewing needs.
Portable Bobbin Winders
Information about the bobbin winder. What is it? How do they work? Where can you find one?
Bias Tape, What Is It. How To Use It
Understanding bias tape, what its uses are and how to make it.
Sewing Machine Cabinets & Sewing Storage
Helping you make sense of sewing machine cabinets and sewing storage and ideas for organizing your sewing space.
Sewing Instructions and Basic Sewing Techniques for Beginners
Free sewing instructions to help you get started with sewing basic seams and hems, and much more.
Sewing Sleeves-How To Sew A Sleeve
Sewing sleeves - Understanding different types of sleeves and a tutorial for a set in sleeve style sleeve construction.
Easy Sewing Projects
Easy Sewing Projects - Advance your sewing skills with some easy fun projects you can actually use.
Sewing Seams, Learning the basics to get you started.
Basic instructions for sewing seams and finishing a seam for beginner sewing.
How To Make A Bow With Fabric
How To Make A Bow-Learn to make a fabric bow for costumes, hair, clothing, home decor and more.
Sewing Magazines and Books, To Help You Learn to Sew
Find sewing magazines & books to help you learn how to sew the best techniques
Sewing Patterns
Learn how to read a sewing patterns. Don't buy a a pattern until you understand the basics
Simplicity Patterns: Patterns, Tutorials, Supplies and More...
Simplicity Patterns have a great range of sewing patterns, and more. Find out what’s in store for you as a home sewer.
McCalls Patterns...Inspiration for sewing.
McCalls Patterns- A brief history. Learn to sew with Mccalls sewing patterns.
Vogue Patterns-High Fashion Designer Sewing Patterns
Vogue Patterns. Inspiration For Sewing A Quality Wardrobe The Way You Want .
Plus Size Sewing Patterns
Inspiration to sew your own fashion with plus size sewing patterns.
Childrens Sewing Patterns. Inspiration For Sewing Kids Clothes
Childrens sewing patterns-Inspriation for sewing your children's clothing and more.
Sewing Fabric: A reference guide for fabrics.
Advice about sewing fabric. A reference guide for your sewing projects
Chiffon Fabric- Understanding Sheer Fabric -Sew-Stitch-Learn.com
Understanding chiffon fabric-How to sew with sheer fabrics, learn more here.
Sewing With Denim Fabric
Sew your own garments with denim fabric and save on the cost of designer denim.
Organic Fabric for Sewing
Sewing with organic fabric. An ecologically sound way to sew & create.
Spandex Fabric - What you need to know.
Learn to sew with spandex fabrics.
Wool Fabric - How To Sew With Wool
Wool fabric keeps us warm and dry. Here are some great choices for wool sewing fabric.
Novelty Fabric
Learn how to sew with novelty fabrics.
Online Fabric Stores
5 Best Online Fabric Stores
Making Homemade Costumes Using Sewing Patterns
You can sew your own homemade costumes for every dress up event throughout the year. Do your kids have dance recitals at Christmas or Easter, or are the in the school play? Are you invited to a Game of Thrones or Walking Dead party? Make a costume to “wow” everyone.
Strawberry Shortcake Costume
Make your own homemade Strawberry Shortcake costume.
Child Minnie Mouse Costume
Minnie Mouse Costume-How to make an adorable child's minnie mouse costume
Costume Pattern
Where to find a costume pattern for all occasions.
Sew A Frida Kahlo Costume, Using Sewing Patterns.
Frida Kahlo costume. How to sew Mexican inspired costume.
Dorothy Costume Sew A Wizard of Oz Costume
Dorothy costume for Halloween. Classic Halloween costume to sew for your child or for you.
Sailor Moon Costume. How To Make a Cosplay Costume
Sailor Moon Costume. Sew your own cosplay costume using sewing patterns.
Burlesque Costume. Sewing Patterns For Can Can Burlesque.
Burlesque Costume Ideas. Sew a burlesque can can costume using Simplicity sewing pattern 2851
Steampunk Clothing-Inspiration To Sew Steampunk Fashion
Sewing steampunk clothing using Mccalls patterns and Simplicity patterns. If you’re a steampunk fan, you can sew your own steampunk costumes. Here is my version.
Colonial Clothing-Womens Pioneer Clothing
Sewing Colonial Clothing. Great costume ideas for halloween costumes, theater costumes, costume parties.
Wardrobe Essentials. Sew Your Own Fashion Wardrobe.
Wardrobe Essentials, sew your own wardrobe? Yes you can, and basic sewing skills are all you need.
Sewing Summer Fashion Essentials
Sew your own summer fashion essentials, using sewing patterns and the latest fabric trends
French Clothing - Euro Chic Fashion, Is This Your Style?
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Classic Fashion. What is it? Is This Your Style?
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Bohemian Clothing Style
Bohemian Clothing Style-Is this your style? Find out.
Little Black Dress-Wardrobe Essentials
Little Black Dress-Sew a classic LBD-Wardrobe Essentials
Ladies Trench Coats A Wardrobe Essential
Inspiration for sewing ladies trench coats-A Wardrobe essential
Jacket Patterns Sewing Your Own Wardrobe Essentials.
Jacket patterns Learn to sew a jacket or coat using sewing patterns
Blouse Patterns. Sew Your Own Wardrobe Essentials.
Blouse Patterns-For diy wardrobe staples
Skirt Patterns and Tutorials
All types of skirt patterns to sew. How to sew your own skirt.
Ladies Dress Pants Sew Your Own Wardrobe Essentials.
Ladies dress pants. Tips for sewing your own dress pants for work or special occasion.
Low Rise Jeans - Sew Your Own Jeans For Less!
Low rise jeans are very popular. Find inspiration to make your own jeans using sewing patterns currently available
Design Your Own Shirt. Learn to design and sew your own shirt
Design Your Own Shirt. Inspiraton to sew your own blouse or shirt, using commercial sewing patterns.
Sewing Pants That Fit
Sewing pants-Tips and inspiration to sew your pants of any style.
Red Carpet Dresses- You can sew your own glamorous dress.
Red carpet dresses aren't just for the rich and famous. You can make a show stopping dress using sewing patterns available from McCalls, Butterick, Vogue, Simplicity sewing patterns.
Design Your Own Prom Dress. Don't Settle For Ordinary.
Design your own prom dress. With your creativity and imagination you can have the prom dress that is right for you.
Sewing Short Prom Dresses
Short prom dresses. Design your own prom dress.
Yoga Clothes, Inspiration To Sew Your Own Yoga Clothing
Inspiration to sew yoga clothes. Make your own exercise wear and save money.
Yoga Pants, How To Make Your Own Stylish Work Out Pants
Yoga pants are easy to make. Learn how to sew your own excercise pants and save money.
Sewing Appliques Unique Sewing Project Ideas
Sewing appliques. Add unique sewing embellishment with appliques. You can turn your sewing project into a personalized statement with using differnent types of appliques.
T Shirt Designs How to Sew Different Styles of T-shirts
Sew three t shirt designs using one sewing pattern. Here's how.
Neck Roll Pillow - How to make a pillow
Free neck roll pillow pattern. How to make a pillow your bed or sofa or any where.
Free Baby Quilt Patterns. Easy, Quick Quilt Pattern
Free baby quilt patterns. Quick & easy, baby quilt pattern for making quilts, great for giving as gifts.
Free Quilt Patterns How to sew a soccer ball quilt
Free quilt patterns, The best soccer ball quilt pattern you will find on the internet. Trust me I have looked.
Easy to Sew Pillow Patterns-CreateYour Own Home Decor
Pillow patterns and ideas for sewing throw pillows for any place in your home. Make a throw pillow as a gift, open an online store and sell the pillows you make. They’re easy and fun to make.
Easy Pajama Pattern. Sew Your Own Pajama Pants.
Pajama pattern. Sew easy, designer pajama pants, for kids, men, women, and babies.
Sewing Girls Pajamas
Cute girls pajamas that you can sew yourself using sewing patterns from McCalls and Butterick.
Sewing Pajama Bloomers
How to sew pajama bloomers for girls pajama bottoms
Kids Pajamas - A great way to learn to sew.
Kids pajamas are a quick and easy project to help you learn to sew. Find out how right here.
Hem Pants -Save Money-Learn How
How to hem pants Sewing instructions for hemming your own pants. Save money and hem your pants yourself.
Bonnet Pattern. How to make a bonnet
Bonnet pattern for sewing a Strawberry Shortcake Costume hat.
Ideas for Homemade Baby Gifts
Homemade baby gifts, Ideas for sewing and making gifts for a new baby and mom.
tshirt patterns- Wardrobe Essentials- Sew Your Own T-Shirts
Tshirt Patterns - Advice for diy wardrobe essentials.
Shirt Patterns - Sew Your Own Wardrobe Essentials
Shirt patterns for womens dress shirts and blouses. Learn to use sewing patterns to design your own shirts and blouses
Wrestling Trunks-Sewing your own, here’s how.
Yes you can sew your own wrestling trunks, here's how.
Information About Sewing Zippers
Sewing Zippers-Information about zippers. How to sew a zipper