Beginner Sewing Tips for Sewing a Straight Line

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Are you new to sewing? If so, I've got some great tips for you. Let's get into it.

Tools and materials:

  • Paper or sewing practice sheets
  • Sewing machine
Lines for sewing practice

When I first started sewing, I practiced my stitches on pieces of paper. I would draw lines on regular copy paper and then sew along them.

You can do this too or, if you’re feeling fancy, you can print off some sewing practice sheets. I found these ones on Pinterest. 

Sewing practice sheets

After printing out your sewing practice sheets, set up your sewing machine. I’m doing a straight stitch and a 2 stitch length. 

Setting up sewing machine

Next, thread your sewing machine as you normally would.

Then, lift your presser foot and place your practice sheet under the needle.

Make sure the line you’re sewing aligns with the little notch that’s in the foot.

Setting up sewing machine

This is how things should look after you’ve sewn one line:

Sewing practice sheets

You’ll improve with practice so keep going!

Note that curve stitches are more challenging. But, again, practice makes perfect.

Sewing practice sheets

Beginner sewing tips for sewing a straight line

Once you’re happy with your sewing skills, you can get started on some projects!

If you found this post helpful, leave a comment down below. For more sewing content, follow me on TikTok: @kenjahb

Suggested materials:
  • Paper or sewing practice sheets
  • Sewing machine

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  • SheGeek SheGeek on Jul 26, 2023

    Thank you, what a great idea!! Also fabulous to get a new sewer over those "too-scared-to-try" jitters!! Followed you on tiktok too

  • Jaynie Jaynie on Jul 29, 2023

    Just realize that sewing on paper will dull your sewing needle as much as using your fabric scissors to cut paper. Put a new needle on your machine to begin sewing fabric!