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Learning how to sew has changed my life! Not only has it proved helpful in several areas, but it’s also the creative outlet I so desperately need. Because of this I can’t help but be passionate about the topic, and of course, I want to do anything I can to promote the love of needle and thread.
I hear a lot of different responses to why people think they can’t sew. I understand that some people aren’t interested in learning, which is totally fine. I’m not shy about the fact that I have no desire to stand by my oven baking for hours. I get it that people are interested in different things, but if you are interested in learning how to sew. I have written about a few reasons that shouldn’t keep you from learning how to sew any longer.
I can’t sew a straight line.
I hear these words almost always in response to someone finding out I know how to sew. That usually is the end of the conversation, unless it’s followed by them asking me to hem something.
Some might think because I run this craft/ sewing blog that I must have some wonderful talent. Some might even think that I can do things like sew a straight line, but I can’t! I know you are all shocked and baffled about how I have made it this far. The answer is a little thing called…. a guide!
They are so many types. They range from the lines on your machine to special attachments. Seamstresses and quilters use different kinds based our their needs.
My favorite is the Seams Sew Easy guide by Lori Holt. It’s very affordable and helpful for quilters, no matter your skill level. If you are a more experienced quilter (already know how to cheat a straight line) it’s perfect for things like half square triangles.
I’m scared of my machine and I don’t know where to start.
This is the next reason I usually hear for why people think they can’t sew. That is why I love classes like Machine Basics (affiliate link). I always recommend this as the perfect place to start for anyone wanting to learning how to sew!
It is unavoidable that there will be some trial and error when learning to use a sewing machine. But, with each problem you learn a little more. I’m pretty proficient in using my machine. Why? Because I have messed up A LOT and problems have happened. Some problems I figured out with the help of the owner’s manual, and other times I had to tap into the wisdom of my Mother- in-law. Instead of letting it defeat me, each problem gave me more confidence. Confidence in knowing that next time it comes along I will know how to fix it or keep it from happening.
After years of sewing I can confidently say I have never broke a machine, just a few needles. I have also learned that if my machine starts giving trouble to rethread it. It is amazing how many times that simple fix is exactly what is needed.
I also learned a lot about sewing from the ladies at my local quilt shop and even more when I started helping with Project Linus. You might have a family member, a lady in your church or your community who would love to pass down their knowledge. If you don’t find that special someone around you, there is also a very extensive sewing community online that would be glad to lend a helping hand or encouragement.
I don’t have the time or money.
Did you know that some people still hand sew? It requires very minimal supplies and can be done just about anywhere.
I love hand sewing. Believe it or not it’s actually a lot of fun and relaxing. I’m having so much fun working on the Bloom Sew Along. I have even been able to stay caught up with the group on this one! Which is definitely a first. I feel like the reason for my success is because most of the work is done by hand.
I wish I could start a hand sewing machine movement for moms. I think it’s the perfect craft for us, as in it can be done anywhere and transported anywhere. I do most of my sewing sitting with my family while we are watching tv. I also sew while my husband is driving or while I’m waiting to pick up my son from a class.
If hand sewing still scares you, even after my soap box like lecture… Don’t worry, just a few minutes a day can yield wonderful results at a sewing machine. Here are a few tips that will prove helpful for any type of sewing! 10 Tips to Make More Time for Quilting and 5 Tips- How to Find More Time to Quilt. Another great article to check out is this Bonus Quilt tutorial from Bee in My Bonnet. Not only does it make the most of your time, but it makes the most of your fabric scraps.
I’m currently taking a Craftsy class on quilting as you piece (affiliate link) that I will be reviewing later in the month. I think this technique is soooo beneficial when you have limited time, because once you are done piecing, your quilting is done too!
As far as cost, it will cost as much as I let it. There are people who do spend tons of money, but just as many people who don’t. You decided how much you are comfortable with spending (investing.)
So what is holding you back from learning how to sew? I would love to hear your comments and questions below!