Everyone should know a few sewing fundamentals before learning how to sew with a sewing machine. Knowing how to select a good sewing machine for a new seamstress is one of the first things one has to do.
Some new sewers are lucky to have a sewing machine already available. It belongs to mom or grandma. The person who owns the machine may be able to assist you in learning how to use it. They could even still have the owner's instruction manual, which would be quit helpful.
If you do have to purchase a sewing machine, one can often discover one at a thrift store, yard sale, or on Craigs list. Ahead of buying a pre-owned machine, it would be good to find out what a sewing machine repair shop would charge to inspect it and perform the work. It could cost less to purchase a new one.
Ask for the models with the least number of features as you're looking at new sewing machines. The simplest machine includes everything that a beginner needs. As the years go by, you could find that you would want a machine that does decorative stitching or has other fun features. At this time the added features could make everything more difficult.
There are a number of books on sewing for beginners. It definitely is beneficial to purchase one. They usually include a few patterns. So, you can complete your first project while you are learning. Any of us who sew understand that one can really only learn by doing.
Other than the sewing machine, there are a few basic tools that you'll need. A good pair of fabric scissors will make all your projects simpler. Multi-purpose scissors used for cutting things other than fabric won't be as sharp. Dull shears are awful to use.
You will need needles for the machine. If you have an owner's manual, the size and type of needle to use will be in the manual. If you don't have a manual, you could use the internet to find information about the make and model of your sewing machine.
Patterns specifically designed for sewing for beginners normally have precise step-by-step instructions. Those directions are not included in the advanced patterns, this is why beginning patterns are the wisest choice for now.
You'll most likely want to buy fabric for the finished project, but before cutting out the pieces or attempting to sew everything together, it's a good idea to practice on remnants of fabric. Select scrap fabric of like thickness as the new material. That'll allow you to test out your sewing machine.
These were a few of the sewing basics you will need to keep in mind. If you're like most sewers, you will always be trying more advanced methods on how to sew with a sewing machine.