Using a sewing machine

Best sewing machine brands: Beginner's guide to using a sewing machine

  • How to get the best from your sewing machine
  • Sewing machine kit checklist and sewing patterns
  • Top tips to improve your sewing machine technique

What's in this guide

Essential kit for your sewing machine

You won't get far with the sewing machine alone - what else do you need to get started with sewing?

Choosing the right needle and thread

Use the right needle and thread for your sewing machine to improve your sewing results.

Buying and using sewing patterns

Simple sewing patterns to sew garments and soft furnishings are a great way to get started.

Tips for learning to sew a straight line

Master the art of sewing in a straight line with your sewing machine - trickier than it sounds...