So you’ve gathered all your supplies and now you are ready to get started. If you’ve never touched a sewing machine before, the FIRST thing you need to do is get familiar with your sewing machine. The best way to do this is to READ YOUR MANUAL! I know so many people aren’t “manual reading” type of people, but I have to say it will save you time and frustration in the long run. The more features your machine has, the more important this becomes.
A few of the things you should find in your manual:
1. Features specific to your machine
2. What each button & knob does and where they are located
3. How to thread your bobbin and machine
4. Stitches available, appropriate uses for these stitches, and pressor feet suitable for the stitch
5. Cleaning and maintenance instructions
Once you have become familiarized with your machine, you can start practicing with actual sewing and different stitch options. Some people like to just play around and figure things out. If that’s you, go for it! Just make sure that you’ve done some checks and balances. You don’t want to break a needle (or your machine, for that matter) because you didn’t follow your machine’s instructions!
Some exceptionally helpful videos/lessons can be found on YouTube as well as other sewing sites & blogs.
***Here are some I have found helpful***
Just go to the sewing tab, scroll through the different classes and choose a beginner one that looks good to you. They have a few free ones here that are helpful for beginners: http://www.craftsy.com/classes/sewing/free
Another wonderful sewing blog I subscribe to. She also has a free online learning course. Check it out! http://mellysews.com/2015/01/learn-sew-free-online-course.html
A collection of videos to help beginners learn how to use a machine, practice sewing on paper as well as fabric. Just another place to start.