A few months ago, I replaced one of my sewing machines with a new one. My husband and I talked about giving the older machine to our daughter for Christmas, but before we made a decision she threw out some hints that she would LOVE to have it. Done. Then shortly before Christmas a friend called to get my help picking out a machine for his wife for Christmas. Since that makes two people close to me who are new sewing machine owners, and I know there are more of you out there, I’m here to share a few ideas to help you break that baby in.
She’s all new and shiny. As much as you love your new machine, you can’t use it all the time, and you don’t want it getting all dusty. Make this easy Reversible Sewing Machine Cover from Stay-At-Home Artist one of your first projects.
There are a few things you need to have easily accessible while you’re sewing, like scissors, a seam gauge or the dreaded seam ripper. Keep it all at hand with this Mini Keeper from Susie’s Sunroom.
This pincushion cube from Riley Blake Designs is an adorable addition to your sewing table.
Speaking of sewing tables, you can make your own with these plans from Ana White. This one is great for smaller spaces because it folds down.
Another cute way to keep your tools organized is this little trailer from Moda Bake Shop.
Loose threads end up everywhere when I sew. This Thread Roller from Sewlicious Home Décor would be a good tool to keep nearby.
If you’re new to sewing, this Tailor’s Ham from Serger Pepper might look like a foreign object. These are actually very helpful, especially if you’re trying to iron something with curves that can’t lay flat on your ironing board.
Knowing the basic stitches is an important part of the sewing journey, and Feather’s Flight has this handy graphic to help you remember what’s what.
Even if you’re not new to sewing, you probably want to start out with a simple project so you can get to know your new machine. This Envelope Pillow from Craftaholics Anonymous is just the ticket.
If you’re ready to show the world how much you heart your new sewing machine, grab yourself one of these Sewing Machine Keychains from Grommt on Etsy.