My mom first taught me to sew when I was 6 years old. My attention span was about 2.5 seconds, and the machine was like my race car. The idea of carefully sewing a strait line was not even an option in my busy little mind.
So when I get emails from dear readers asking "How on earth do I sew a straight line?!"-I can totally relate!
But the answer is incredibly simple! That is, if you're older than 6. :o)
Do you see those little lines on the plate under the needle on your machine?? They are your friends. The trick to sewing a strait line is to keep your fabric aligned with one of those lines at ALL times. This means that you should actually not be looking at the needle, so much, as just to the side of the needle.
Which line you match your fabric up with depends on how large you'd like your seams to be.
For most of my sewing, I actually line my fabric up with the side of my presserfoot, because it gives me just the right width of hem.
One thing that I have also heard people recommend it practicing on lined paper. I've never really tried this out (except to take this photo!), but it's worth a shot!
The last thing I'd strongly urge you to do is slow. down. When first sewing, it's always a good idea to do it as slowly as it takes for you to be able to do it correctly. And as it becomes more familiar to you, you will naturally be faster and faster, but with the same great results!
With all that being said, I think I should tell you that after years of sewing, my lines are not always straight! Sometimes I get impatient, and I'm 6 years old all over again. :o)