Sewing can be a wonderful hobby but it’s also an incredibly useful skill to have. There is so much you can do with it, from creating personalised gifts to making simple alterations to clothing, to creating curtains, cushion covers and quilts; the list is endless.

I’m sure most of us have thought about sewing at one time or another. It’s one of those things like playing a musical instrument or speaking another language that seems like it would be a really great thing to do but would probably be too much of a challenge to learn.

I’ll admit it can be a little bit daunting, first of all you have to buy a sewing machine, then there are a lot of strange new sewing terms you have to learn like bobbin and backstitching and bias. But it’s actually a lot more straightforward than you’d think.

Maybe you’ve already taken the first step and bought a sewing machine but now it’s gathering dust at the back of a cupboard.

Or perhaps you belong to a third category, the lapsed sewer. You might have been a sewer in the past but you haven’t had the time or the motivation to do it in a while.

Well, whatever category you belong to now is the time to pick up your thread and start anew. Sewing doesn’t have to be daunting, it just takes a little practice and patience. With a little help you’ll be sewing like a pro in no time.

Choosing a Sewing Machine

In order to get started you’re going to need a sewing machine. There are lots of good beginners’ models on the market that sell for anywhere from £60 to £120. With so many different options to choose from it can be tricky to know which one to go for.

Many experienced sewers recommend the Brother LS14S Chassis Sewing Machine – it’ easy to use and perfect for both beginners and experienced users alike.

For more information on choosing the right machine and the options available check out this link.

Getting Started

The best way to learn sewing is from an experienced teacher. There are lots of sewing classes, workshops and groups all over the country and there’s sure to be one near you.

If you would prefer to learn at home then check out the Made to Sew Youtube Channel. They have an excellent five-part Beginners Sewing Course, which is really easy to follow and free. Episode One is below and you can find the other episodes here.

Looking for Inspiration

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced sewer you’ll find lots of wonderful ideas and inspiration for creative projects on sites like Crazy Little Projects Sewing Page.

Here’s one we like, it’s a tutorial on how to make a cover for your tablet or mobile device, that way you can take Greysnet with you where-ever you go.