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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Sewing

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The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Sewing

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Rachel has put together the ultimate beginner's guide contain the best tips and tricks to get you started. She promises that after this guide, you'll have the confidence to begin your own journey with sewing.

Sewing has ancient roots, the earliest sewing needles are believed to have been constructed from bone. Over the decades, several discoveries have led to sewing as we know it today. Charles Weisenthal, a German inventor, secured a patent for the first mechanical sewing needle in 1755 and in 1766, Betsy Ross sewed the first American flag. The 1800s saw the first practical sewing machine, the development of the electric sewing machine and the creation of the first powered sewing machine. In 1978, Singer introduced the first computerized sewing machine, and the rest is history.


What are the benefits of sewing?

Sewing can lead to a happier, healthier you!


  • It's a confidence booster
  • You connect with other sewists
  • It's a great time out
  • It lets you explore your creativity
  • It can improve your hand-eye coordination
  • You become a lifelong learner
  • It keeps your brain active
  • It can make you happier

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Sewing by hand vs sewing using a machine

Sewing by hand is:

  • Expensive
  • Portable
  • It is easier to control
  • More suitable and manageable for certain projects
  • More precise
  • It's enjoyable

Machine sewing is:

  • Faster
  • Produces secure stiches
  • Easier for thicker fabrics


There are benefits to both types of sewing and whether you opt to begin sewing by hand to machine, patience and persistence is key.

Click here for Rachel's full Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Sewing, with more tips, tricks and videos.

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