Basics of Sewing

You will find three stages to learning how to sew. They are: 1) learning the basics, 2) garment construction skills and repairs and 3) stitches for fun and earnings. When you reach the 3rd stage, you will enjoy sewing and find that although you may be a professional seamstress, you are competent to achieve almost all of the sewing objectives you seek. You can even make an outside cushions Perth WA if you want to.


This kind of post will concentrate on the first stage, learning basic skills. Learning fundamentals skills on a stitches machine is not drive science, but does require time and patience. Various people have an objective of learning to sew on the sewing machine and have to start out at the starting. You, too, can learn to sew and repair with a sewing machine in the same way many others have before you.


What are the basic skills required to sew on a regular sewing machine?


  • Learn to line the sewing machine.
  • Master to back stitch at beginning and end of seam.
  • Learn to sew in a straight lines.

Yes, with these 3 basic skills, you will be ready to step up one stage further of learning to sew on the sewing machine, that of garment construction and repairs. Let’s get began on learning these basic skills.


Learning to thread your machine:


Read your sewing machine manual. This may sound dry and boring, but you’ll save yourself lots of time and frustration if you read what the people who made your machine advise you to do.

Practice threading your machine until you can do it in some mere seconds. If the instructions usually are clear, get on the internet and look for images and videos to help you follow the instructions.

Practice winding your bobbin. Anyway it’s nice to have a number of bobbins all wound and able to go.

Practice threading the bobbin once your machine is threaded. Once again, there are images and videos available on the internet to help you understand your users manual.


Learn to back sew:


Read your sewing machine manual. Yes, it’s the same first step as above. You should find the reverse button on your machine. For anyone who is working with a very old machine that only goes ahead, you will want to forget a reverse button and just turn your fabric around.

Practice sewing forward a few stitches and then reversing and then going forward forward. This habit will give you secure joins for years.


Learn to sew in an in a straight line:


Use the joints width lines on your sewing machine, or bring one with a leader and pen.

Begin stitches and practice keeping the edge of the cloth exactly on that collection. You can use the same piece of extra fabric over and over again for this exercise.

Tend not to underestimate the value of this step. Remember that any curve can be broken down into very, very small straight lines. Quite simply, you will always be sewing in a straight line, so learn how to feel comfortable with it.


That’s it. Once you are comfortable with these three skills, you are ready for the next stage of learning to sew, garment construction and mending. The rest is very commentary on these basic skills. What about zig zag sewing you ask? You are still sewing in an aligned line, only the needle and also the fabric is being moved. Think about getting together and binding and stay stitching? They are all just sewing in a straight line.


Okay, go out and practice until you are confident with these steps. Then on to the next stage of learning to sew.

How to Plan a Travel Itinerary

You plan on travelling. That’s awesome! So many people never do that, unable to see just how incredible and vast the world outside their home is. You are experiencing something that expands your horizons, or at least lets you see some cool stuff.

Wait, there’s a catch. You know that packaged tours are not a good thing. They miss out on all the good stuff that’s hidden away. You decide to make your plans. The trouble is that you have no idea how to plan a travel itinerary.

Don’t fret, though. We have some great advice for you on how to do that.

First, get yourself a guidebook. Lonely Planet is an excellent choice, but not the only one. You can also look into the DK Eyewitness books, which are handy as guides and full of useful trivia. Depending on where you go, there might be a local tourist guide website, like

Use these as a reference point. See the important stuff or the ones that you want to see. This will act as a reference point for you.

Your second most important tool is Google Maps. Since you aren’t on a prepackaged tour, your biggest issue is going to be travel. You need to know how to get to where you want to go, and preferably have more than one route ready just in case.

Google Maps is also useful for getting the details right. Whether you prefer to go far and move closer to the hotel as the day progresses or the reverse, Maps will help you plan.

Forums like TripAdvisor are also excellent resources. You’ll find people who have done a lot of what you’re doing now, so you can ask questions.

Finally, you’ll need flexibility. Sometimes, you’ll see something nice that you’ll want to stick around for. Other times, what you planned for is closed for repairs, and you have to scramble to find an alternative for the day. Be flexible and explore.

Tools for Learning a Foreign Tongue

Learning a foreign language is hard. Okay, that’s not always true. Sometimes, it’s relatively simple and easy. However, depending on certain factors, it can be difficult.

One way to help ease the challenge is to start early. Learning a new language when younger is easier because the brain hasn’t quite set itself into linguistic patterns yet. The young mind is more malleable and can absorb the new words and grammatical structure better.

If you’re not young anymore but are looking to learn even the basics of a new language, there are some things you simply must have. Some of these are modern and technological, but you’ll find that not all of them are like that.

The best way to learn a new language is to have someone else who speaks it fluently.

There are reasons this works. You have someone you can bounce your progress off of, who will hopefully be willing to correct your mistakes. You can hold a conversation and practice your skills. If they’re a native, you also learn how normal people talk.

This can be a huge boon in some instances – for example, most Japanese taught in a classroom is six-year-old-girl Japanese, designed to make the foreign speaker sound as harmless as possible. This is due to a culture where the wrong choice of words can be taken as aggressive, even if that was not the intent.

Anki – a Japanese word for “memorization” – is a great learning tool. It’s digital flashcards and relies on your ability to remember things. It takes a more game-like approach, so it’s informal.

The best thing about Anki is that you can use it to learn many things, beyond just languages. My nephew has used it to help understand high school physics, for instance.

An older strategy is the Pimsleur method. This will involve audio and is more concerned with speech and accent than rote memorization. If you’ve ever seen a program that has a native speaker say a word or phrase and asks you to repeat it, you’ve seen this in action.

My issue with this method is that it is a poor choice for some languages. Some languages rely on heavy use of body language to convey meaning. There are also languages where the writing system is different, so Pimsleur only gets you there halfway.

Finally, you can also look into a specialized tool.

There are various books and resources dedicated to specific languages. Whether it’s how to do Chinese calligraphy or swearing in German, there’s a reference out there somewhere. Depending on what language you want to pick up, you could have a wealth of options ready.