Before you tackle an actual sewing project, get comfortable sewing with your machine without wasting any fabric by using a guide to practice your sewing stitches. The stitching exercises below from the Sew Sew Lounge can help you sew straight lines, turn corners, and follow curves.

Here is how it is done:
  • Clicking on the images to download the PDF practice sheets.
  • Don’t thread your machine. Instead concentrate on punching needle holes in paper along each line.
  • When you finish, hold your paper up to a light to see how straight you sewed.
  • Repeat these exercises until you are confident using your machine.
Watch how it is done

Clicking here will take you to a video on the Sew Sew lounge website to show you how it is done.

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If you found the guide to practice your sewing stitches helpful, check out some other beginner sewing tips & tricks here as well.

Joan Mantini

About Joan Mantini

After several years of being the Facebook page owner at Beginner Sewing, I noticed there was a desperate need to have a single go-to spot for members to be able to find answers to their common questions, get some useful tips & tricks, as well as find reputable places to purchase sewing products online. Taking my role as a trade publication editor by day, and combining it with my knowledge of frequently requested beginner sewing advice, I created An outlet that gives new sewists a free digital magazine geared for entry level sewing as an extra bonus!


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