Sewing for Beginners: Top Sewing Mistakes that You Do not Want to Happen

Sewing with mistakes is inevitable, even for a professional. However, there are some annoying sewing mistakes that you could have avoided easily. Although for beginners, it is not expected to have polished sewing projects at their first few tries, still to build new sewing skills and to boost confidence when sewing, here are the top mistakes in sewing that you must learn how to avoid.

Mistake #1: Picking a complicated pattern

If you are new to sewing, start with simple patterns. You can find several simple patterns that will help you with your current skills by mastering it. And once you have mastered it, you may now try new things in sewing. However, you still have to pick out a pattern that can help you increase your current knowledge and skills in sewing until you have the confidence to start with a more detailed sewing pattern.

Mistake #2: Incorrect cutting 

Incorrect cutting of fabric lines is one of the common mistakes in sewing that even some of the sewing enthusiasts commit. This usually happens when an individual cuts the fabric without ensuring if it is perfectly aligned along the grain lines.

To do so, here is a step-by-step correct cutting of fabrics:

  • Lay your fabric down on a flat surface,
  • Cut the fabric along its grain lines; you may fold them, however, make sure you have folded exactly on the grain,
  • Check the pattern if it is perfectly aligned,
  • Place some pins before cutting; this is to avoid unwanted slips during cutting moments,
  • Do not rush; slowly cut the fabric to ensure it is perfectly aligned.

Mistake #3: Wrong choice of fabric for your project

Do not be overwhelmed with the fabric’s amazing colors and the pretty designs. When choosing the right textiles for a specific pattern, make sure to do the following steps:

  •    Research

Try reading some useful tips and pieces of advice about choosing the right fabric for a specific project. While there are helpful hints at The Fallen Hem, try to explore the different type of fabrics and their specific or recommended use.

  •    Check the fabric weight

Fabric can be categorized according to its weight – light, medium, and heavy-weight fabrics. If you are trying to sew a skirt, you may use cotton lawn (light-weight fabric), rayon challis (light-weight fabric), denim (heavy-weight fabric), knit (light to medium-weight fabric), and or linen (medium-weight fabric).

  •    Choose according to its textile

The next thing that you need to consider is its textile. Make sure it is appropriate for your current project.

Mistake #4: Using the wrong thread

Another common mistake in sewing is choosing the wrong thread. The threads are categorized not only by its colors but also by its types and thickness. For instance, if you are trying to sew a skirt using denim, you have to use heavy-duty thread.

Final Thoughts

Even for a beginner, you need to watch out a couple of mistakes. Try reading some reliable posts when it comes to sewing to increase skills and knowledge.