Which Fabrics are difficult to sew

It’s tough spotting difficult to sew fabrics in the perfect color and pattern you adore. Beginners struggle with these fabrics, leaving only experienced sewers satisfied with their creations.

Here are 4 difficult to sew fabrics that I think beginner sewers should stay away from, just until they have more experience at sewing.

Satin Fabrics.

Satin fabrics are beautiful.  It’s so silky and shiny and rich looking.  Who can resist it?  You probably should.

Satin, though stunning, presents a challenge due to its slick nature. It tends to slip through fingers and across surfaces, making it hard for beginners to manage. Even pinning it or keeping two pieces together can be tough. Utilizing a Walking Foot can aid in stabilizing the fabric during sewing, preventing unwanted movement.


Knit Fabrics.

The versatility of knit fabric lies in its stretchiness, making it ideal for various sewing projects. However, for beginners, working with stretchy knits can be a bit challenging. They present two main issues: pulling or tugging can cause puckering, while the fabric may gather and create lumps in areas where a flat lay is desired, such as the shoulder region. It’s advisable to start with simpler fabrics until you gain more confidence in your sewing skills.


Denim, despite its popularity, poses a significant challenge for sewing enthusiasts. Working with denim requires the correct thread, needles, and presser foot due to its thickness, which can strain sewing machines if not properly equipped. Even with the right tools, denim is notorious for breaking needles and causing the presser foot to tilt, placing undue stress on the needle. Moreover, denim is prone to fraying, making it an unsuitable choice for beginners who haven’t mastered seam finishes.


Chiffon/Organza/Sheer Fabrics

Sheer fabrics, such as chiffon and organza, present similar challenges to delicate textiles due to their slippery nature. Their transparency highlights even the slightest imperfection, demanding exceptional sewing skills. The most daunting aspect of working with sheer fabrics is stabilizing and cutting them accurately. Maintaining tension while cutting is crucial, often requiring cutting through one layer at a time. For instance, when sewing chiffon, avoiding folds in the fabric involves creating two pattern pieces, taping them together, and then cutting them out. If this process seems confusing, it indicates a lack of readiness to sew sheer fabrics.


Walking foot

A walking foot can help with slippery and sheer fabrics you can read all about it here Click here