Stitching Paper

Do you remember when you first learned how to sew on the sewing machine? For me it was when I was a little girl. I had to prove myself by sewing on paper before I was allowed to use thread. (Thread meant the challenging task of threading the sewing machine properly). So this lesson is designed for students completely new to sewing…starting with the basics.


  1. To learn how to use the sewing machine (turn it on, press the petal, petal sensitivity)
  2. To stitch carefully following a line
  3. To learn how to pivot corners by picking up the presser foot and turning the fabric or in this case paper
  4. To learn how to sew curved lines


  • Review the names of different pieces of equipment, sewing machine parts, and types of fabrics.


  • Demonstrate how to sew on paper especially techniques like pivoting and sewing curves.


  • Have students sew the different paper templates then hold them up to the light to see where they went off the line. If they are unacceptable have students continue to try until they can follow the lines with very little error.
  • Once students have mastered the paper templates show them how to thread the machine. Take out the thread and have each student thread his/her machine. Students should thread and un-thread the machine several times before continuing.
  • After the student shows mastery of threading the sewing machine have him/her stitch more paper templates but this time with the machine threaded.


  • Once students can successfully make it through the steps of threading the machine and stitching paper lines, it’s time for a quiz on the sewing machine parts, fabric choices, and equipment identification.



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