So today I had the joy of attending one of the most creative conferences in Texas. The Pinners Conference & Expo. The conference side of the building has over 50 professionals teaching their craft. On the expo side, you have over 200 vendors providing amazing products in DIY, party planning, photography and many other creative areas. My interest was the class, Sewing 101.

Swag bags were given out to VIP (Very Important Pinners)


Sewing 101 was an intro class about how to use a sewing machine. The awesome woman that taught the class was Caroline Hulse. You can find more about her using this link, (Sew Caroline). She started going over basic things like using common sewing terminologies, the tools you will need to get started, choosing the right fabric, and choosing the right stitching for your projects.

During the class, she recommends certain items (besides the sewing machine) that every beginner must have. It’s neutral colored threads, fabric scissors, pins, iron, ironing board, snips (very small sharp scissors), seam rippers, measuring tape and pre-wound bobbins. The neutral colored threads are usually less expensive there used a lot for straight stitches. It will also be a good idea to get a good expensive pair of fabric scissors. Take care of them and they will last a lifetime. This means you can’t use it to cut paper because it will wear down the blades much faster. The seam ripper, pins are for preventing or fixing any small mistakes you might have made. Measuring tapes are used to . . . well, measure things. Lastly, it’s always a good idea to have pre-wound bobbins. It will be a lot quicker than wounding a bobbin each time you run out.

We then had to put what we know into practice. She gave everyone a piece of scrap fabric to practice our stitching. There are four main stitches that are used the most. The first is the straight stitch. This stitch is used on woven fabrics. It can be lengthened but when it is lengthened it does lose its strength. The zig-zag stitch is used to bind stretchy fabrics together. The length and width of the zig-zag stitches can change depending on the use and fabric type. The top stitch is made the same way as the straight stitch. The difference lies in how it is used. Top stitches are visible. For the stitches to stay strong and not unravel, back-stitching is recommended. Back-stitching is sewing one or two stitches opposite of your starting and ending stitches.

My practice stitches.


This conference was the beginning of a fun journey. I’m really excited to learn more and see where this hobby will take me.