Invaluable Instruction – Go to School!
This is one of the most important steps in learning to sew. Take advantage of the fact you are a brand-new sewer and haven’t developed any bad habits that need undoing.
Learn right the first time, and those basic skills will carry you through to more advanced techniques. Sewing lessons are offered at just about every local sewing machine dealer, as well as many larger fabric stores.
The cost is minimal, and you will enjoy that special time and camaraderie that is just for you. Plus, you have the opportunity to ask questions, try new things with your sewing machine, and experiment with new techniques, having the support of an instructor by your side.
You will find that you are much more adventuresome with a little moral support!
Safety in Numbers – Join a Club
After taking some basic classes, consider joining a sewing club, again usually offered by your sewing machine dealer, or local fabric store. Clubs usually meet once a month and will feature a technique or project.
You will continue to build your skills and sewing confidence while developing some really nice friendships. I think it’s important to spend a little time on yourself, as we gals often do so much for everyone else, we end up falling to the bottom of the priority list.
This is a way to gain back a little sanity in our hectic lives, while learning to do something really fun and rewarding with some new sewing friends.
Stay Connected – Join an Internet Sewing Board/Chat List
It always helps to have someone right there, a mouse-click away to ask a question. Post your questions and be prepared for lots of help! This is a great way to “mastermind” your particular problem, and get several different perspectives. One is bound to solve your problem, and soon you’ll be the one lending a helping hand to the “newbie” on the list!
With these simple steps, you should be able to launch your new hobby with excitement and confidence. Remember, as in any new venture, there’s a learning curve to travel.
Don’t get frustrated, and give up on yourself too early. We all started at the beginning, and sewers are the friendliest and most supportive bunch of folks around. Don’t be afraid to ask questions – we’ve all been there and asked those basic questions, ourselves. Jump in with both feet, get going, and get sewing!