Beginner Sewing Series: Terms and Definitions

Hello fellow sewers….sewists……awesome creators of textile goods? My name is Marta and I’m so excited to be doing this guest blog post here at New Horizons Designs. Before we begin, let me tell you a bit about myself. I am a high school English teacher in Ontario, Canada and a mom of two. I started sewing about 2.5 years ago near the end of my maternity leave with my daughter, my second child. I felt that my whole existence was about caring for my children and there was no creative outlet for me to feel personal self-worth. I was part of an online mom group with some really talented women who sewed. I was in awe of the things they could make. So, I asked my husband to dust off his late mother’s sewing machine and teach me how to use it. That’s right….he….taught me. The first thing I made was the most horrible head band you ever did see.

But then, through the guidance of some awesome people, I discovered the world of PDF patterns. In the last 2 years I have learned so much from this amazing community. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some fabulous women who have all taught me something new, and I am forever grateful. I still have a million and one things to learn and I’m looking forward to many more years of these continued relationships and honing and extending my skills.

BUT….we all have to start somewhere. So, that’s the topic of today’s blog post; Sewing Terms and Definitions. Every hobby has its own language, and it’s really hard to get anything done if you don’t speak the language. Here are some basic terms that you need to know to get you sewing!