Beginner’s Guide to How to Sew

People have been sewing since the beginning of time. For many it still seems like a task trying to figure out how to thread a needle. There are some general guidelines that can be followed to help out beginners so they can learn the basics of sewing with a needle and thread.



Be sure to wash and iron the fabric. This is especially important for items that may shrink. Be sure the fabric dries before moving on.


Put the thread in the needle. Cut twice as much thread then what is needed. Put the thread between the thumb and the forefinger and ease it into the eye of the needle. Bring the needle to the halfway point so both ends of the threat are even. Tie a knot to hold the thread together.


Straight Stitches


Stick the needle through the wrong side of the item being sewn. The “wrong side” is the side that people will not see. Pull the needle through and the thread will follow. Do so until it is stopped by the knot on the thread. If the knot goes through tie a larger knot and this will solve the problem.


Stick the needle through the ride side of the fabric close to the initial spot. Push the need through again followed by the thread. Congratulations. This is the first stitch.


Repeat these two steps for the rest of the fabric. The last stitch should end up on the wrong side of the item being sewn. Be sure to make keep the length between the stitches even.


Other Kinds of Stitches

A stitch known as the basting stitch in longer in length. The shorter the stitch the more sturdy it will be. Be sure to keep the stitches as close to other as possible.


A zigzag stitch can be used when the straight stitch will not work. A zigzag is often used when sewing on buttons of fabrics that can stretch. It can also be used to hold two pieces of fabric together around the edge. The stitch can be short, medium, or long. The length will depend on the item being sewn.