Sewing a straight seam is one of the first things beginner sewers need to learn. Start learning by sewing some scrap fabric before you move on to your first project.
What you need
- 2 scraps of fabric. I like using 5 x 5 inch (12 x 12cm) pieces as they are easy to handle.
- Your sewing machine
Pin your two pieces of fabric with the RIGHT sides together. I like to use the vertical method of pinning as I find it faster to remove. Once you get confident with sewing seams you will probably be able to sew a straight seam without pins.
Refer to your pattern instructions to find out what your seam allowance is. This is the distance you will be sewing from the edge. Place your fabric under the foot with the needle on the seam allowance line.
Start about 1/4 inch (6mm) from the edge and hold the tails of thread.
Back stitch almost to the edge. This simply means you take a few stitches backwards (make sure you don’t go off the edge), then release and start stitching forwards. Back stitching will stop the ends from unraveling, making your seam much stronger under stress.
Start sewing forwards in a straight line along the seam allowance line. Use the guides in the needle plate to keep nice and straight.
Back stitch the end seam as well.
Open up your piece, press and there it is. A nice straight seam!
Congratulations! You’ve sewn your first pieces.
With a little practice, you will now be ready to tackle your first sewing project.
Go and have a practice on some scraps and tell me what you think. Any tips to help other beginners?
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