I teach sewing. The first thing if you don't know how to sew is learning how. I've taught many people to sew, some have no trouble handling the fabric and some do. The machine you work on also is critical. Many lower end (read $100.00 wallmart machines) just don't control the fabric well. I also have machines that run into the 6 or 7 Thousand dollar range that don't sew well (but they do embroidery). learn to handle different fabrics - you don't have to start with expensive stuff, go to a local fabric store, buy cheap clearance slippery stuff and stiff cottons that are easy to handle.
What are you sewing? can the machine handle it? most home machines could not sew heavy duty stuff, the motors just don't have the power to get through the layers.
Learn how to sew different kinds of seams. and mostly learn the properties of the different fabrics. I often have large scraps of silnylon, if you want them, pay for postage and I'll be glad to send scraps to practice on - often these scraps are big enough to get some small stuff sacks out of
As you can see from the license plate on my car, I am passionate about sewing!
and, if anyone is in the Asheville area, I would consider putting a class together. I have sewing machines here (the learning curve for a machine that is not yours is not so great) both home sewing and industrial sewing machines.
Javan, everyone but you and I in this thread are out on the west coast, just the 2 of us here on the east.
Judy - LightHeart Gear