I’ve been working on my sewing skills, so I can do some photo tutorials. I’d like to be able to show people who have no earthly idea how to sew or where to start with sewing, what to do. Now, my sewing skills are both rusty and new all at once (I’ve hardly done any sewing by myself. I’ve mainly been my mom’s “helper” which involves not much more pouring her some Diet Coke and ironing and taking pins out and putting pins in than actual sewing), and it’s been quite awhile since I’ve even done that.
So, I hauled out my mother’s old sewing machine, I got some patterns, and I started sewing. I’m here to tell you, you can teach yourself to sew. It’s not rocket science, and there is plenty of information on the internet to help you learn to sew. I’m going to post over the next several days how to get started sewing. I’m going to cover what supplies you need, how to choose your first pattern for sewing, how to choose material, and then we’ll get into some photo tutorials on how to pin, how to cut out your patterns, all kinds of things I have been having trouble finding tutorials on because they are so basic.
Experienced seamstresses, feel free to comment on these upcoming posts if I’m teaching people to do things a more complicated way than necessary- I tend to overcomplicate things, and I am learning this essentially myself, with some help from my mom. My mom is a wonderful seamstress, but she’s like me and tends to overcomplicate things as well. I got a 45 minute lecture on how to make darts from her, when all I asked was if they were hard to do.
Let me throw in a word of warning for you. If you hate ironing, you’re either going to have to suck it up and learn to become one with the iron, or you’re going to have to forget about sewing. There’s a ridiculous amount of ironing involved in sewing, I had forgotten that. A friend of mine called me yesterday and asked what I was doing. I said, “I’m ironing.” She laughed and said every time she had called in the last week, I had been ironing. I think you spend more time ironing than anything else when sewing. Seriously. So, become one with your iron.
Let me know if there’s anything specific you want to know about, and I’ll try to get tutorials up about your specific concerns!