Scared woman with her hands on the head and opened mouthI know many people who have sewing machines sitting in the cupboard, some of them passed down or given as a gift and never used and some have been bought with good intentions. When I ask people why they don’t use them it usually comes down to one thing….fear.

Fear can hold us back from doing so many of the things that we would like to do in life. But why? Is it because we are scared of being uncomfortable with something that is new or because there’s a chance that we may get hurt? Everyone has their different reasons, I’m sure, but one thing I do know is that overcoming fear is a great thing for your self confidence and your overall belief in just getting things done, which ultimately results in more happiness in your life. So let’s knock down these fears one by one and make friends with your sewing machine so you can experience that fabric happiness.

Fear No.1 – I don’t Want to Sew my Fingers

Ok, yes this can happen, but there are some things that you can do to reduce the chances of sewing your fingers. Make sure you keep your fingers away from going too close to the presser foot. Your hands are there to guide the fabric through the machine. This can be done with your hands on either side of the presser foot and at a safe distance away. If you’re sewing smaller pieces, you could always use a pushing stick of some sort. I usually using my stuffing stick, but a small, stubby paint brush may do the job. Really, if the needle does go through your fingers then it will heel and hopefully you will learn from that lesson. sometimes things need to be learned the hard way first. A bit harsh, I know.

Fear No.2 – I Don’t Want to Make a Mistake

This took me a while to overcome. I tried so hard to avoid to having to use my seam ripper or redo something that took me a while to cut out. Sometimes, you only have a limited amount of fabric and you can’t afford to waste it. There were a couple of things that I did to get past this. Firstly, I bought a whole heap of plain broadcloth fabric (calico would probably work just as well or any cheaper fabric that you won’t miss if you do make a mistake). If I am making something super important or if I just don’t know if it will work properly I make a practise one first using my cheapy, less precious fabric. This way if I do make a mistake, yes it’s a tad annoying, but I haven’t really wasted my fabric because the fabric I used was there to be wasted if needed. Practise does get you closer to perfect, even though perfection is over rated! Remember: the opposite of perfection is done and we want to sew. And the seam ripper? Well I have learned to be at one with that. Just do it and learn from your mistakes so it’s less likely to happen again.

Fear No.3 – My Sewing Looks Homemade

That’s the best thing about making things yourself. It gives it that homemade look. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that. It just shows the love and time that one person took to create something and this in itself makes it beautiful! You might think it looks shabby, but others will probably see it differently. You should watch this clip and you will see how differently people perceive themselves compared to how others perceive them. I think this relates to the things we create and sew as well.

It’s time to make friends with your sewing machine. Give it a name even. Your sewing machine will work with you as long as you let it. It also helps if you know how to use your sewing machine. You can follow my new Learn to Sew Series of videos that I am adding to every week. I want to make sewing for beginners easy and pleasurable. I’m starting with introducing you to your sewing machine, which may be a mechanical sewing machine or a computerised one. I am slowly, but surely, bringing out more videos to grow on previous videos in the series so be sure to keep a look out. My mission is to get more people sewing by making the learning process easy, especially if you have a busy life.

I would love to hear about your sewing experiences. Did you have any fears that you needed to overcome? do you still have a fear that is stopping you from sewing now? I would love to hear about it. Leave your comments in the section below.

Make it a great day by getting that sewing machine out. Go on…do it!