Secrets to Successful Sewing.
Sewing is a skill that we have to learn and not something we are born with.
Sometimes people refuse to learn anything new because they may feel vulnerable, but that’s how we grow. Staying inside our comfort zones is safe but it also means that we never experience anything new.
Read on to discover my 5 secrets to being successful, not just at sewing but anything creative.
1. Remember You Are Awesome.
Surprisingly, being successful at something creative, whether that’s sewing, baking, painting, knitting or something else, isn’t simply about having the latest, most expensive equipment or the largest studio in the most fashionable part of town. It’s much more fundamental than that.
It’s about YOU!
You are the one who has to put in the time and effort into your chosen field of study and practise. Again and again.
2. Practise Makes Perfect.
You don’t have to make complete projects every time you sew, just allow yourself time to play and experiment.
I’ve seen so many people panic about creating something because they’ve never attempted a particular project before. However, if you are used to handling different fabrics and sewing notions, it becomes much easier to learn a new technique.
Successful sewing really is about building your confidence.
I’m not saying that by playing we’ll all suddenly become experts in everything, far from it. What I am saying is, if you familiarise yourself with the various aspects of your craft, you broaden your experience and expand your skillset.
For example, if you practise inserting zips, the next time you have to insert a zip into a cushion or a piece of clothing, you will at least have an understanding of the process. You will be familiar with it and it won’t be so scary. Use small scraps of fabric and keep them for future reference.
3. Handmade Not Homemade.
My mission is to encourage people to take up sewing and embrace all that that entails. To have a go, have fun and learn new skills. Join a sewing group in your area and make new friends.
Everyone makes mistakes, it’s part of the learning process. Your unpicker will become one of your best friends, believe me, I speak from experience! But, on the other hand, wobbly seams and uneven hems are not the end of the world and the next time you tackle them they will be much better.
However, I am not about cutting corners and making do.
It saddens me when I hear people say things like “life’s too short to hand close a seam”. Really? You would rather finish a beautiful bag by machine stitching the lining closed because it may take a couple of minutes to hand sew it with an invisible ladder stitch?
In my opinion, if you are going to learn how to do something, you should at least learn how to do the basics properly.
4. Learning Resources.
I mentioned joining a local sewing group, but there are lots of options for you to consider when starting your successful sewing journey.
There are plenty of free videos and tutorials around, but be selective. Not all of the contributors are qualified or experienced, so my advice is to take recommendations or at the very least follow someone reputable.
Workshops are a wonderful place to start and can be less expensive and less time consuming than committing to a course of lessons. Being with a tutor is sometimes a better way to learn new techniques, especially if you are a kinaesthetic or hands on type of learner.
Sewing groups on social media can be a good source of information and support, again make sure they can offer what you need.
Last but not least, invest in a book or two.
5. Have Fun.
The main thing to remember on your journey to successful sewing, is to have fun.
Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, we all make them. The trick is to learn from them so that we don’t knowingly repeat them.
Enjoy the process and be proud of the things you make.
If you’d like to share photos of your creations, you can share them over on Instagram using #gaynormdesigns. I’d love to see them.
Until next time…