I think one of the major things that turned me off on sewing back in school was the insistence on one right way to sew. It just had to be done this specific way, or this step is important don’t skip it. I am not very good at following directions. Directions for me are more like guidelines. I will follow them, kind of, but not to a T. I remember having to tear out seams because they weren’t perfectly straight, or do a step that seemed kind of unimportant to me. I hated sewing in school. That’s why I never even had a second thought on trying again until awhile after I got married. When Pinterest was introduced to me, I began to see there really wasn’t one and only one way to sew. That is when I really started wanting to learn to sew. When I realized I really could put my own twist on things.
I want to share this with you because if you are like me you don’t like to do something one specific way and be told that’s the only way. Let me share a secret with you, there are so many different ways to sew. There are many different techniques you can use to achieve the same thing. When I realized that freedom I began to absolutely love sewing. I may have taken it a bit extreme and mangled many projects, but I have learned along the way what techniques really are important and what ones you can maybe skip over. I learned through a lot of trial and error.
There are so many awesome blogs out there with many different techniques. I encourage you, just browse, learn what other people are doing. Don’t just decide on one way to do something, try different things and see what works best for you. I learned there are tricks that make things easier and tricks that make it more professional. Don’t stop at the first tip or trick you see. When you practice many different ones you will begin to settle on ways that you like the best.
I think sewing is as deep as you want to get. When I first started making clothes I didn’t really take the time to read different techniques. I just whipped something together as fast as I could and it didn’t turn out as good as I wanted. Now that I have learned different techniques, I know how to make my garments fit better and look more professional. It is all in what you are okay with, not what someone says. If you are so proud of a garment you made that isn’t up to code with what some other seamstress says, don’t worry, wear it proudly. It is totally up to you how professional you want to get with your sewing. Don’t stress over it being perfect or not, the more you sew the better you will get. I think it is also important to note, ready to made clothes are not perfect. So please don’t stress out about getting your garment absolutely perfect. Give yourself some grace, and learn from the process!
I just think it is really important when you are learning to know that there isn’t a right or wrong way. Read lots of different tips whether it be from blogs, magazines, craftsy classes, or whatever. Try different methods and pick what works best for you. If you are brave you can even experiment on skipping steps you may not think are needed. If you aren’t that brave maybe google to see if others have tried it. Just know there are tons of opinions out there, choose what works best for you! You are the one wearing it, you need to be happy. Don’t stress over it, just have fun and practice and practice some more!
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