How Long Does It Take To Learn How To Sew?

Have you ever wondered how long it took the designers of your ready-made cloth to put the fabric together? Are you tired of getting disappointed by your fashion designers or seamstress, and you want to start sewing your cloth, and you are wondering about the duration of time it will take you?

Do not worry too much, as sewing is not tricky as people suppose, as it has to do with your passion and a stepwise procedure, starting from the easy ones and moving to the harder ones.

Learning how to sew can take up to 2 weeks to a year. However, the duration of time spent depends on what you are learning to sew, what you intend to use in sowing, and how perfect you want to be.

What Are The Things Needed For Me To Learn Sewing?

When you mention sewing, most people think of a sewing machine. Yes, they are right but that is not the only way to sew, as you can also sew with your hand. Besides, you cannot produce some designs without having to hand sew even after you have made us of the machine.

For Hand sewing, you will need the following things

  • Sewing Thread of various colors to sew stitches.
  • Straight Pins: To hold pieces together.
  • Scissors: To cut fabric and threads.
  • Fabric: To sew with.
  • Thimble: To protect the hands while pushing the needle through
  • Needle Threader: Help thread the needle.
  • Pin cushions: Used for storing pins
  • Tailors Chalk or Marker: Helps mark stitch lines.
  • Tape Measure: Used for measurement.
  • Ruler: Used in measurement and drawing a straight line.
  • Sewing Bag: Used in storing sewing tools.

The tools needed for sewing with a machine include the following

  • Machine Needles
  • Straight Pins
  • Quality Thread
  • Scissors
  • Seam Ripper
  • Rotary Cutter
  • Measuring Tape
  • Tailor’s chalk or pencil.
  • Seam Gauges
  • Pressing Iron
  • Extra Bobbins.

What Are The Rules To Follow While Learning How To Sew?

As a beginner, it is of utmost importance that you know some rules while learning sewing, as it has been discovered that most people are scared of learning this because of the active involvement with sharp objects. These rules guide you against any injury and getting frustrated while you are at it.

1. Purchase Quality Tools

The first thing to do is get a high-quality sewing machine. When shopping for sewing tools, make sure you go to a reputable store where you will get high-quality tools that will not give you stress, make your work faster, and last longer.

For example, a cheap machine needle might create holes in your fabric and not stitch together.

2. Do Not Rush During Operation

You need to go slowly on your machine, especially when you are still getting acquainted with the machine.

Do not start with the fabric you want to sow, but rather with pieces of clothing, so as to know the performance of the machine relating to the tension, the stitch settings and the threading of the machine.

3. Use The Proper Posture 

There is a correct posture you need to maintain while sewing to reduce stress, as hunching over your sewing machine could lead to pain due to straining of your shoulders, back, and shoulders.

Make sure you sit upright by putting your feet directly on the floor and pulling your foot pedal close to you.

4. Be Focused

Anything can happen when you get distracted while sewing or pressing the clothes, as the needle of the machine and the machine might injure you, or you burn the cloth you are pressing, so it is needed for you to be focused.

Besides, it will also delay you in your learning process, as you need to wait for your hand to heal if you badly burn yourself on the iron.

5. Sew At The Right Time

Do not sew when you are tired, sick, or intoxicated, as you are likely to make mistakes while cutting or stitching. 

6. Always Turn Off Your Equipment

Turn off and unplug the sewing machine when you need to do general maintenance, such as changing the needle to avoid any unforeseen circumstances, and also unplug your pressing iron whenever you are not using it.

7. Mind Your Body

You need to be careful of the part of your body by trimming your fingernails and not putting pins in your mouth, as your nails might get stuck in the needle as you sew or accidentally swallow the pins thereby putting your life in danger.

If you need to use pins while cutting or sewing, put them on a pin cushion close to you or make a wrist pin cushion.

Learn to cut with care and not move very close to the cloth while cutting to prevent the sharp scissors from hitting your other hand when you miss a step while cutting.

8. Store Sharp Tools Properly

Make sure you keep your sharp tools out of sight immediately after using them, so that they will not have to injure you even when you are not using them.

Broken or bent pins and needles should be carefully disposed of, as they could harm anyone around you, including your pets.

9. Supervise Your Child

Generally, children love to sew, so if you have a child interested in sewing, do not discourage her, instead encourage her to supervise her when using the machine or whole hand sewing.

10. Make Your Sewing Space Comfortable

It might surprise you to know that you might spend more time than necessary learning if the room condition is not conducive enough for you.

Get a comfortable chair, a properly sized table, and a bed to lay on during a break in a room flooded with light.

How Long Does It Take To Get Perfect At Sewing?

The duration needed to get good while sewing depends on you, but you need to learn the basics of sewing first, and then improve on it.

Learning the basics of sewing might take you a few hours to learn, but will take you more than months to be perfect in it, and some basics include

  • Sewing straight stitches either by hand or by machine.
  • Identify the right thread for different types of fabrics.
  • Learn how to sew a zigzag stitch.
  • Learn how to fix a zipper.
  • Fixing a button.
  • Sew scalloped edges
  • Learn to identify fabrics.

After you have learned the basics, sew garments using sewing patterns, as it allows you to have a starting point, and this will not take you too long to learn.

What Am I To Do To Get Perfect At Sewing?

After you might have learned the basics, what is required of you is to build on the basics and perfect your sewing skills. One of the ways to get perfect is to simply follow the following steps:

Step 1: Choose The Type Of Sewing Pattern

The sewing pattern comes in paper form or PDF format, which you might need to print on A0 paper when needed.

Step 2: Get Your Accurate Measurement

Sewing pattern comes in different sizes and shapes, so you need to measure yourself accurately with a measuring tape and confirm them with the size chart at the back of the envelope before purchasing them at the store.

Step 3: Read the Instruction

Read the instructions in the user guide or on the paper itself, or directions on how to cut out your garment from the fabric, and other things needed for you to know.

Step 4: Leave Space For Allowance

Allowances are left to fix alterations, and the allowances should be between the stitching and the edge of a fabric. However, most patterns do not have seam allowances, but you can easily set them.

Step 5: Locate Your Grain Lines

Grain lines are long straight lines with arrowheads on top of your pattern, and are there to guide you on where and how to place your paper on the fabric and sew your garment. 

Step 6: Locate Your Notches

Notches are the triangular marks on the cutting lines, and they are used to match up the pattern pieces. There are other indicators on the paper pattern, such as dots used in indicating darts, tucks, pleats, or pockets, fold lines indicated by solid or dashed lines which show the edge of the fabric, a zigzag line showing the zipper line, and X which shows the pattern has a button.

Step 7: Cut And Lay The Pattern Pieces

Cut out the pattern pieces and lay them on the fabric, make marks where needed, pin the cut pattern pieces onto the fabric, outline the shape, then cut it out minding the seam allowances.

Step 8: Your Garment Is Ready

Sew your garment carefully, slowly noting the piece to stitch together. You can either do this with your hand or sewing machine, though I prefer to use a sewing machine, as hand stitching is stressful and might take longer.

After you might have perfected a simple design, you can then move on to a design with pockets, buttons, facing, and one with darts. Your ability to master one easily will give you access to another design, and that will determine how long you spend on sewing.


Learning is for a lifetime. All learning procedures require rules to follow to make it easier. This greatly determines the duration used in learning, in conjunction with knowing the perfect tool to use for each task. However, you must perfect the basics before moving to the so-called tricky ones.