Sew Much To Learn

I've decided I need to learn how to sew. Yes, my blog friends, I admit...I'm 27 and aside from a basic needle and thread, I have no sewing skills (gasp!). I know, I know, it's a little pathetic. I'm tired of defaulting to my tailor for alterations when I could be saving money by taking the time to learn how to effectively use a sewing machine.

Since I'm eager to take on this new hobby/skill, I've been perusing websites in the Seattle area looking for good sewing classes for beginners. Any tips for how to kick off my domestic journey?

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10 comments

Sarah said...

I just took my first sewing class, just to learn the basics, and my best advice is: make sure the class size is small. And wait to buy a machine until after! When I had mine my instructor kept pointing out my machine to the class, noting that they should not buy one as cheap as mine!

thevoyageofv said...

I've been dying to learn how to sew! I'm also totally clueless when it comes to alterations and I would love to makes some skirts or dresses. Keep us updated!

Ashleigh said...

I'll never forget the feeling when I finished my first pair of pants, pajama pants actually. I still have them 11 years later. That was for a class and I haven't done it since.

I offer no technical skills but patience helps. I don't venture much beyond the basics: pillows, hems & anything that doesn't require much measurement or pattern work. I'm not very patient :)

Good luck, enjoy it!

Mrs. Buck said...

Check out Stiches - http://stitchesseattle.com/

They have classes and it looks really fun. I'm thinking about doing one in May with a couple of the girls. Let me know if you want in!

alice's adventures said...

I have owned a sewing machine for too many years, considering my complete inability to use it! RIght now its stashed in the basement which is not a very fun place to hang out. I need a craft room!!

Linda said...

I need to take sewing classes too. I'll be interested to hear where you take yours.

Stevie said...

I love sewing! I've been sewing for a long time, but I'm not all that advanced. Luckily, it's really easy to make basic, simple stuff like skirts, scarves, curtains, napkins, pillows, etc.

It's definitely worth it to have a high quality sewing machine - but you don't have to spend a fortune to get one. I would recommend either Singer, Brother or Elna brand.

Joann Fabrics has sewing classes, and I think they're relatively inexpensive. The experimental college at UW used to have them, too. Not sure if they still do.

Melissa said...

What an exciting venture! It's something I've always wanted to learn, too -- there's something very admirable about people who can make their own clothes!

Elizabeth said...

This makes my heart so happy!

Seattle has to have something like Boston. We've got the Eliot School and Adult Education Center, both of which offer sewing classes that span several weeks, so you're learning and taking your project home with you to do "homework."

If you don't have a machine yet, I'd do either Bernina (what I have, and the best) or a Singer. Don't buy anything that feels like light plastic. And go to the dealers and play around on the machines before you buy one.

DrayaAnn said...

That's my next plan too! I'm buying a machine and I'm going to vamp up my sewing skills. I have a feeling there will be a lot of pillows made for my house.