Practice Sewing on Paper


In this video I show you how to use the practice sewing sheet to break past the barrier of not know where to start with your new sewing  machine. Download the PDF, print it off and away you go.

Please note: I recommend you change your needle after sewing with paper, as it will make your needle blunt


If the button above does not appear you can click here to download the practise sewing sheet.

Watch the Video for How to use the Sewing Practice Sheet

Or watch it here on YouTube

Not knowing which sewing project to start with when you haven’t sewn anything before can be a huge barrier for some people to get past. I’ve created these sewing practice sheets to give you something to just start sewing with.

The purpose of this sheet is to get you comfortable with using the foot pedal, guiding your paper (which will soon be fabric, I’m sure) through the sewing machine and getting to know your sewing machine in general.

Some Tips for Sewing with the Practice Sewing Sheet


A standard Janome ‘A’ foot

Tip 1 – Use your standard sewing machine foot, which has the slit going down the middle of it. On a Janome this is the ‘A’ foot. Focus on keeping the line on the practice sheet going between the gap on your standard foot. Most of the time, I focus on a guide line on the sewing machine plate or spot on the sewing machine or foot, rather than looking at the neeedle while I’m sewing.

Tip 2Keep your hands at either side of your paper (or fabric) while you are sewing. Your hands are there to just guide the fabric through tho machine. The feed dogs will pull the fabric through the machine for you, so you shouldn’t have to push or force the fabric through.

Tip 3 – When practicing the curvy lines, it’s okay to leave the needle down in the fabric while you lift the presser foot up and pivot the paper. It may be easier to watch this tip in the video.

Tip 4 – Start getting into the habit of doing a backstitch or reverse stitch at the beginning and end of you stitching. This will help stop your sewing from unravelling. I usually count forward 4 stitches and backwards 4 stitches and off I go!

This is the first sewing practice sheet for you to try. I will have another one on the way next week so be sure to keep an eye out for it.

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Happy sewing!


Posted on

16 May, 2015

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