Three useful sewing links for beginners

It’s easier than you think to teach yourself to sew, especially with a few handy resources at your fingertips.

Like I said in my previous post, I taught myself how to sew through various tools available online. While there are so many sewing courses you can take or sewing books you can buy, if you’re a student like me, then cost can sometimes be a barrier. Getting to grips with a needle and thread needn’t be as stressful as your textiles class in school!

So if perhaps you’re thinking of taking up a Seamless style challenge, here are some sites to get you started:

BurdaStyle

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BurdaStyle is like Facebook for sewing boffins. An endless source of inspiration and talent, the members of BurdaStyle have plenty of projects and tips to share. There are also patterns, both free and at affordable prices, available to download. You print them off and then stick the pages together, et voila! That bit might be a pain, but who’s complaining when the pattern is free?

Pattern Review

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This is a handy resource for those who enjoy sewing from commercial patterns. One of the best parts of sewing your own garments is having complete control over the fabric and fit of your clothes, but what use is this if your pattern looks nothing like the image on the envelope? Before you cut into that beautiful metre of fabric you’ve been hoarding, search for your pattern on Pattern Review. Users post comprehensive reviews of sewing patterns used for their projects detailing everything from how easy the instructions were to follow

Craftster

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Craftster is the kind of forum for those of you who aren’t quite satisfied by sewing alone. I’ve yet to venture into the world of knitting or jewellery making, but you name the craft and there’ll be someone talking about it of Craftster. It’s a great resource for those times you’ve hit a bit of a brick wall. Not sure why your thread keeps tangling up? Someone on the forum has probably had the same problem. Head to the Sewing in General board to get discussing your projects, but do take a look around the rest of the site as well.

So what are you waiting for? Get stitching and maybe you’ll end up saying bye bye to the high street too!

Got any sewing resources of your own? Comment away!

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