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How To Sew a Straight Line on the Machine – video

How to Sew a Straight Line and Turn Corners - a video tutorial

Here it is – the moment you’ve all been waiting for – sewing on the machine! We’re going to start with straight lines and then we’ll have a separate lesson on sewing curved lines. In the video you’ll see me sewing on a piece of paper. You can download that sheet here.

One thing I don’t think I emphasized enough in the video – you have to backstitch a few stitches at the beginning and at the end of all sewing. The backstitching works as a knot and keeps your stitching from unraveling – so don’t forget that step.

Ready? Let’s sew!

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  1. Awesome; I would have never known how to turn a corner like that. Can’t wait to go through your other videos. 🙂

  2. Thanks! Glad it was helpful!

  3. When I sew felt with my sewing machine the fabric is stretched. How I can fix it? Thank you so much 😀

    • Hmmm. . . First make sure you aren’t stretching the fabric even a tiny little bit as you sew. If anything, try giving a the felt a bit of a push as it feeds through to counteract any stretching from the feed dogs. Also – you can try setting your stitch length a bit longer. Sometimes that helps with thicker fabrics and some felts are fairly thick. Good luck!

  4. Paris SAYS...

    Love your site! I was a girl in the 1970s and my mom sewed all of my halloween costumes (she traced my body with newspaper and a pencil – none of us can read a clothing pattern!) I watched her in awe as she sewed, baked, crafted and applied her makeup. That is how I learned things. She called it “Mother School”! She let me do a lot too – even if I didn’t do things right, she was patient. I’m so lucky because I love to bake and sew! Your directions are great for people who didn’t have my mom! by the way…I thought my mom said “presser foot” as a nickname – I never knew it was the real name until my mother in law taught me quilting when I was 30 years old! –Paris from Massachusetts

  5. Tereza Pestana SAYS...

    Muito bonito. Parabéns!