Boost your skills! Get more from your sewing machine with our new series

Skills boost: sewing machine

We’re excited to announce the launch of a brand new series of sewing machine skills tutorials here on our blog! Level up your sewing and join us for three weeks of tutorials to help you get more from your machine.

Whether you’ve just invested in your first ever machine and have no idea where to start, or you’re already pretty confident with the basics but want to try some new things, we’ll have something for you!

We’ve scoured the best of the Simply Sewing archive (and asked a few friends to share their tips and tricks too) to gather up a machine-stitching masterclass, split into bite-sized chunks so you can pick the bit you want to tackle next.

We’ll be releasing a new tutorial every few days here on the blog until the series ends later next month! So watch this space, and keep an eye on our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram feeds too as we’ll be getting in the mood by sharing our top tips for levelling up your machine sewing tricks!

We’ll be splitting our masterclass into 2 sections

Part 1: Machine sewing for beginners

Let’s get started this week with advice for those of you who are entirely new to machine sewing. We’ll talk you through how to use your machine, choose the best threads and needles, and start you off with a nice and easy project to practise with. We’re preparing some video tutorials to help you master the basics of using your machine – how to thread your needle and bobbin, and how to change your needle (essential for getting the best results!). Start now!

Part 2: Next steps

You’re ready to sew, but how step it up and get better results? We’ll be sharing tips and tricks for becoming a savvy sewist once you’ve got the basics covered. We’ll talk you through sewing with elastic, having fun with machine appliqué and bring you some fun projects to try out your new skills. In the coming weeks, we’ll be tackling a few extra techniques that can come in really handy for dressmaking… like how to insert a zip or sew pin tucks – get ready to up your game!