How difficult is it to learn to sew?

posted 3 months ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
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Busy bee

It’ll likely be a lot easier than you think, but it takes a lot of time as you’ll probably make a LOT of silly mistakes along the way–which is just part of learning. If you take your time and triple-check everything before you sew/cut anything, you’ll save a lot of time in the long run…otherwise seam-strippers will become your best friend, lol. 

I’ve been self-taught sewing on and off as a hobby for several years and by no means confident enough to sell anything, but I’ve made 2 dresses now and a bunch of smaller projects which have saved me quite a bit of money…as long as the mistakes are only obvious to me, lol. My first sewing project was a full-length historical renaissance gown, and other than some minor mistakes on the sleeves, I’m really proud of how well it turned out and was surprised how “easy” it was considering I never sewed any clothing before. My seams may not look pretty but I think I could slap just about any decent-looking thing together, which is a fun skill to have. So I think you should give it a try, it may be a lot easier than you think 🙂 

Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Many fabric stores offer free lessons. Have you checked what’s available where you live?

The most important thing in order to end up with clothes you would actually wear, is to learn how to fit a garment to your body. Very few people can sew from a pattern “as is”.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Yes, if you buy a decent machine, you’ll usually  get free lessons and a warranty.  Get a decent student model machine. An old machine gets impossible to tune or repair… can be frustrating  fighting with it. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 1983

Simple sewing is fairly easy, though a few lessons would help. Tailoring is an art.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2005

Anonymous1063 :  I sew as a hobby, and I am self taught. I too had 4-H when I was a kid, but I didnt retain any of it. 

If you want to re learn, then by all means start with something basic. If you are worried about the money investment, then search around the thrift shops for a decent sewing machine at a great price. If money is not an issue, I could recommend a few options. Amazon has a Brother sewing machines with tons of stitches for some really great prices. 

If you have questions feel free to message me. Im also a fan of Youtube videos. They are great tools for learning. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2018

Anonymous1063 :  I’m not a sewer, but one of my friends is self taught.  She started off with buying op shop clothes and either deconstructing and reconstructing them, or altering them to make them more current, or to fit better.  She’d also just use the spare fabric to practice.  

Now all her clothes are either self-made or altered from the op shop.  And she always looks so cool, it’s an awesome skill to have. 

If you want to give back to the community while practicing, I know there are some people local to me that have crochet classes for making dolls clothes and the classes are free, as long as you donate what you make to be sold on facebook or through an op shop.  There may be something similar in your area for sewing? 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I’ve sewn about everything imaginable and a few phone calls to mom and tons of websites and YouTube videos made it all possible.

Post # 9
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Wannabee

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Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 1997

I think it is a great skill to have and a good hobby for those so inclined. Unfortunately, even after lessons, I swear and cry when I sew…

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2005

Anonymous1063 :  Congrats…Im working on making some bags. I saw a youtube for them and since Im pretty handy with a sewing machine, my daughter asked me to make her a bag to carry her books in. 

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