How to sew: beginners

How to sew beginners; a sewing pattern on fabric
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This 'How to sew: beginners' guide will help you get started in what I hope will become a passionate hobby or even a new career. If you're looking to start sewing your own fabulous handmade wardrobe then you'll need to learn the beginner sewing essentials I'll cover in this feature. 

I’ve put together a quick and handy guide to take you from setting up your machine to sewing some commonly occurring features in dressmaking; the basic sewing skills everyone should know. If you're completely new to sewing then you'll need a machine, so read my guide to the best sewing machines (I cover affordable, beginner and more complex sewing machines).

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Michelle Rowley
Freelance craft writer

Michelle is a sewing teacher, writer and maker based in the Peak District. As a dressmaking tutor and freelance craft feature writer Michelle regularly writes for Love Sewing magazine as well as Woman's Weekly & Woman & HomeAs a sewing tutor and avid dressmaker she has extensive knowledge of sewing machines and overlockers, and the know-how of how to match different dressmakers' needs and budgets to the right machine for them.


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