10 things I wish I could tell my younger self about Sewing

  1. Learn about fabric choices.I have only been sewing for 7 years.  I struggle with fabric choices still today but I am getting better.  Make this more of a priority when you start it will make a huge difference in messed up projects and frustrations of choosing the wrong fabrics for certain projects.
  2. Don’t take Joann Classes.  It won’t hurt but I feel like mostly they were a waste of money.  If you must take classes, hire a professional to teach you.  I think you should start with the very easy patterns and work yourself up to the harder ones.  That is how you will learn, through trial and error.
  3. Take a class on fitting basics early in the beginning of your sewing.I took a class at the fashion institute in Memphis two years ago and I would have benefited from taking it early on in my sewing career.  There were girls in that class that were still in high school.
  4. Making mistakes are good.There is no getting better without mistakes.   You are good at trial and error so embrace the mistakes.
  5. Make sure that you have a very inspiring creative space.You can think and create better if you have a space that is special and relaxing.
  6. Find and take a class on reading patterns.Whew this will be your biggest struggle.  You will read those patterns and try to look at the picture and try to figure out what it’s all trying say.  You will waste hours on figuring it out, get frustrated and quit that project.
  7. Hang with like-minded people.I didn’t start hanging with other sewers until 4 or 5 years into my sewing life.  You can learn a lot from others and they can learn from you as well so find sewing groups or buddies early.
  8. Learn to take measurements.There will be many times when you will rush and not truly measure correctly and you will throw away many garments for this reason.  Do it right in the beginning so that this will not be an issue later.
  9. Learn to take a break from frustrating projects.Clear your head and then give it another go.  Otherwise you will maintain at least 10 unfinished projects at any given time.
  10. Do not sew for others while you are still in the learning phase.You will get frustrated and have all kinds of issues if you don’t learn for yourself first.  It can take years to master sewing.  Wait until you know you can do it instead of sewing for others just because they ask you to.

This is my advice to the younger Tonia.  If only I could do it all over.  Since I can’t.  All you beginner sewers can take heed to my advice.  I promise I won’t steer you wrong.  Happy Sewing! 😀

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