“I want to learn how to sew.”, “Someday I’ll learn to sew”, “there is no way I could learn how” or “I want to sew but I don’t have time”. Have those words ever come out of your mouth or swirled around in your mind? If so stay tuned because I have been working on some blog post just for you!
I’ll give you a little background that will leave you saying if she can learn I can learn! I grew up with a mother that sewed and encouraged me to learn too. I would sit and watch her sew and on occasion I would make things for my dolls but it was usually with fabric scraps and tape. I had very little interest in using a sewing machine or hand needles. Fast forward a good bit and here I am with three kids one of which is a daughter that wants to learn to sew. I knew some basics but the thought of creating something from a pattern scared me. I called my mom up and asked her for help. I can just imagine the joy that gave her. She always told me one day you’ll wish you had sewed with me and paid attention! Ok, mom you were right. I wish I had paid attention but I didn’t. She brought over an old sewing machine that she was no longer using, some fabric, pins and thread. She then gave me a crash course in threading the machine and basic pattern reading and said have fun and practice. What??? You think I am kidding but no. My mom adores us but she knows I am a hands on person and do best figuring stuff out.
At the time I thought ‘I’ll never get this” but I had to, my daughter was counting on me to help her make a dress and I was pretty certain a fairy godmother wasn’t going to pop out and do it for me. Funny what we can do when our kids are counting on us. Somehow after reading a few sewing books we got the dress made. Keep in mind this was at least 17 years ago so there really weren’t that many, if any, blogs on sewing, Pinterest wasn’t around and Youtube sewing videos were nonexistent. The dress was pretty sad looking but Sydney wore it and because of that I was determined to get better. I started finding time to sew and within a few months I was making things that I wasn’t ashamed to be seen in public wearing.
After a few years of sewing on my moms 20 year old machine I got a new one and a serger. I started venturing out into home decor, more complicated clothing patterns and even started making my own patterns. Slowly I began having friends ask me to make thing for them and offering to pay me. Eventually I listed a few things on E-Bay and then set up the Hearts & Home website. I have also managed a Husqvarna Viking Sewing Center where I taught customers how to use their machines, quilt and sew. I currently teach the adult and children’s sewing a quilting classes at a local Joann Fabrics store.
I tell you all of this simply so you know the biggest thing you need to have in order to learn to sew is a desire or a need. So, if you want to learn to sew, improve your sewing or pick up some tips to make your sewing time more productive while creating professional looking items stay tuned.