How to Stitch — Part 2

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Welcome to the Learning to Sew Series! We invite you to sew through this seven-part video series with us and learn some basic sewing techniques. Made with the beginner in mind, these videos will walk you through all the fundamentals from how to set up your machine to sewing basic stitches. At the end of the series, we’ll put all the skills together and sew a pillow with a zipper!

Sailrite's Learning to Sew Series

In Part 1 of the series, we acquainted ourselves with our machines and learned how to wind a bobbin and thread the machine. If you are brand-new to sewing, or if you are a new Ultrafeed® Sewing Machine owner, we strongly encourage you to go back and watch our Part 1 video (#200627XHT). It's important to know the very basics of how your machine operates before diving into sewing and creating stitches. The fundamentals are key to a successful sewing experience.

So, now that your machine is all set up and ready to go, let’s learn how to sew some stitches. When learning to sew, it helps to practice basic skills and work your way up from small projects to bigger ones. Be sure to practice on scrap fabric before diving right into a project. You’ll feel more comfortable sewing your nice fabric if you’ve had some practice runs first.

In this lesson you will learn:

  • How to Start and Finish a Stitch
  • How to Check and Adjust Thread Tension
  • How to Sew in Reverse
  • How to Turn Corners
  • How to Sew Zigzag Stitches
Learn how to sew around corners

In this Part 2 video you'll learn useful stitching skills like how to turn a corner.

We are sewing on the Ultrafeed LSZ-1 Sewing Machine. This is our industrial-strength, portable sewing machine that sews in both straight and zigzag stitch. The Ultrafeed is ideal for canvaswork, sewing sails, home and auto upholstery, outdoor patio projects and more. If you're interested in an Ultrafeed machine, check out our blog "Why Choose an Ultrafeed?" (#300330XHT) to learn more about our powerful, proprietary sewing machines. Even if you don't own an Ultrafeed machine, these Learning to Sew lessons apply to all sewing machines. If your machine does not sew zigzag stitches, you can skip that portion of the video tutorial.

We will also discuss different fabric weights and how to choose the right needle and thread size. Your thread and needle size should correspond to the weight of the fabric. For example, you do not want to use a large size needle and heavy thread when sewing light upholstery fabric. Likewise, when sewing heavy-duty vinyl or marine canvaswork, you need a bigger needle and thread that can handle such a thick fabric assembly. Our video will take the guesswork out of pairing the right needle and thread size with the fabric you're sewing.

After practicing different stitches on your sewing machine and feeling confident in how your stitches look, head over to Part 3 of the Learning to Sew Series: "How to Sew Basic Seams" (#200625XHT).