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4 Sewing Techniques

New to machine sewing? Not sure where to start? Practice these 4 basic sewing techniques to get you started. I've been sewing for over 30 years and I could still use some practice with sewing curves!

Straight Stitch

This is the stitch you will use for most sewing. I set my machine to a width of 0 (straight stitch) and a length of 2.5. For basting, increase the length to the longest it will go. Watch this video for an overview of how to sew a straight stitch and a backstitch.

Sewing Tips:

  • Start with your needle down.

  • Slightly hold your threads back as you start.


At the beginning and end, you will want to go back and forth to lock your stitches in place. If your machine does not have this feature, you can turn your fabric to go the other way. Or you can start and end with long pieces of thread. When you are done, simply tie a knot at the beginning and end.


A technique for sewing a continuous line of stitching around a corner. Great for making napkins, sewing collars, pockets, hems, etc.


You will find curves in necklines, armholes, waistlines, hems, and much more. May seem intimidating at first. But take it slow, and practice... practice... practice!

Sewing Tips:

  • Set your machine to a smaller stitch like a 2 or whatever you are comfortable with.

  • After sewing a curve, use pinking shears to trim some of the seam allowance. This will make it easier to turn it over with a nice curve.

  • Use pins to hold your fabric in place, maybe more than usual. Pin crosswise to your fabric.

  • Gently guide the fabric. Don't push or pull fabric. Don't let the fabric hang away from your sewing machine as this will make it join unevenly.

Sewing Practice Sheets

We have Sewing Practice Sheets available in our shop! You can print them and practice as much as you like. Great for all skill levels. I recommend using an old needle as sewing on paper will dull your needle. Not a problem when sewing on paper. However, dull needles will cause issues when sewing with fabric. Switch to a new needle when you are ready to sew on fabric.

Happy Sewing!



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