If you have your own sewing machine (even an old one), you’ll want to make sure that it’s in working order. If it isn’t, find your local repair shop that works with sewing machines and ask them for a quote. Should your machine be in really poor condition, it might be more cost-effective to buy yourself a new one. If you do get your existing one repaired, however, ask the repairman to call you if there are any parts that need placing. Otherwise, you could find yourself with a far larger bill than you expected.
Besides having a really cool retro look, a vintage sewing machine often sews a far straighter stitch than a new one made of mostly plastic. Additionally, if you want to hem a plaid of heavy-duty jeans, a vintage sewing machine can typically do the job in great fashion. So, if you have the funds for one, go ahead and buy it. You’ll also need to buy a number of tools. It might seem daunting for a newbie walking into a store, with all the tools on offer. You won’t need them all, however, so don’t worry. You can always add more as you advance your sewing skills. Some of the tools you’ll need to start with include some handy thread snips and a rotary mat and cutter.
Practice makes perfect
As with any other skill, sewing requires practice. And lots of it. Hours and hours, in fact. At the same time, you don’t want to get stressed out by the amount of time it will take you to reach expert level. Just enjoy the process. And enjoy those epiphanies you’ll experience like when you’ve just found out how a garment is reallyconstructed. It won’t be long before you won’t even have to think about the process, as it will become second nature to you.
Be willing to make mistakes
You’ll make mistakes from time to time. Even when you’re at an advanced level, in fact, you’ll still make mistakes. Just don’t beat yourself up over it when you do. Even if you make an error that ruins an entire project, put it down to a learning experience. Such mistakes will ultimately make you a better sewist. Be patient when you need to rip out a three-foot-long seam. If you need to, take a break from the project and return to it later. With a clearer head and a fresh perspective, you’ll find it easier to figure out a solution to your problem.
Find a community
Whether it’s in your local area or on the Web, connect with others who are also interested in sewing. You’ll find that your new hobby will be far more enjoyable if you can discuss it with others. Tell your new friends about your latest creations and brag to your existing family and friends about how you sewed those French seams perfectly. In fact, get as many people involved in your hobby as possible. The more they can see how passionate you are about it, the more they’ll share your excitement.