Top 5 reasons to start sewing

Sewing is just for Home Eco classes, older people and hobbists right? - WRONG

Sewing started to regain its home grown popularity around 2012/2013. Which was helped along by the first season of The Great British Sewing Bee. Fast forward to 2020 and popularity is growing once more.

With all of us stuck indoors, with loads more time on our hands. Starting a new hobby, or getting familiar with one from times gone by, has been a great way to pass the time.

For those of you still not sure whether or not sewing is for you. I will be discussing my Top 5 reasons to get sewing based on my personal experience.

Progress is easily trackable

If, like me, you want to be able to see with your eyes whether you started, compared to where you are now. Sewing is for you. Even if you have never used a sewing machine or threaded a needle the minute you start on your journey you will have made significant progress.

Knowing the correct way to thread a sewing machine is VITAL to being able to use the said sewing machine. And make a neat stitch. Once you have mastered winding a bobbin, you are set.

Understanding fabric choice

We all have clothes in our wardrobes bought from our favourite shops or designers. So say made for summer, but actually are super uncomfortable and sweaty to wear in the summer. Yep, you know what I’m talking about. That’s because they are likely made of a material containing synthetic fibres, which really aren’t best worn in summer.

Compareethics has a really concise summary on the natural fibres vs synthetic fibres which is really worth a read.

Once you have found your groove with sewing, and you are no longer making practice pieces. You’ll be branching out to choose your own fabric. It will be at this point you will realise material made of 100% natural fibres such as cotton, silk or wool. Costs considerably more than material made for 100% synthetic fibres polyester, nylon or material made of a mix of both, called a blend – such as polycotton or wool and acrylic.

Post-corona when all the wonderful fabric stores open their doors and we are free to roam and wonder for as long as we like. You will be able to feel the difference and that will also help you make more considered choice when shopping on your high-street. Because a handmade wardrobe isn’t for everyone, and it shouldn’t have to be. Unless it does. Future me make a blog post if the aforementioned statement is now incorrect.

Getting back on track and leading nicely to my next point

Wear what you want when you want

I have a personal motto which inspires 80% of my creations: “making the wardrobe of my dreams”. The wardrobe of my dreams is glamorous, stylish, sexy and elegant. Always camera ready and always runway ready. The remaining 20% are the functional pieces. Because even professional models have casual Fridays.

Understand your body shape

Personally I think this is the number one reason to get into sewing. I’m biased because I sew to make clothes. Whereas someone else might sew to make personal accessories, toys, home decor, bedding, upholstery. So in those cases, point one: progress is trackable is the number one. But if you are sewing to make clothes the biggest benefit and confidence boost is understanding your body shape.

And I’m not talking about whether or not you are an apple, pear, hourglass etc. I mean your actual real life body shape. Where does your natural waist sit, do you have a broad back and a narrow chest, is one bicep bigger than the other. All of it getting to know and LOVE your body.

Honestly, I could get on my soap box right now and give a sermon on why this is soooo important. Especially as we exist in a version of society when everyone is comparing their bodies, achievements and lives to a strangers; on Instagram. But I won’t, save that one for another day.

Community

And anyway, there is no need to rant because the sewing community is a come as you are community. 

Full disclaimer I have had serious comparison anxiety on my journey. Looking at other sewers on IG or YT and seeing what they can make it what appears to be a short time frame. Or watching someone else’s channel grow at rocket speed while mine chugs along.

But then I realise none of that matters because people are still engaging with what I am creating. Asking questions, leaving encouraging comments, making suggestions, shouting me out in their videos. Because that’s the kind of community it is.

Don’t just take my word for it. Take a look for yourself. I think you will be hard pressed to find someone within the sewing community, no matter what they make, that doesn’t have a good word to say about it.

As a bonus for reading this far until the end.

Last minute gifts

My sewing skills have got me out for a few tight spots of not having a bought present. But having enough leftover, scrap, fabric to whip up a bag, bow tie or coin purse to give as a gift.

I really hope I have inspired you to get sewing. Remember we were all beginners once and all the joy is in being a beginner because everything you try is a new achievement.

Until next time,

Ax

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