Let's start by establishing that there are two types of sewing hobbyists. Those that were really born crafty and we truly made to create beautiful pieces with their hands, and those who took the time to learn the craft. Whichever type you belong to, it has to always start with something. Oftentimes, the beginning will determine how far the hobby will actually go.
A classic example is someone who starts with major sewing project, yet fail to follow it thru with more. There's nothing wrong with starting big but, oftentimes, this can lead to being burned out, which basically kills the chance for the hobby to flourish.
Who Can Pursue Sewing As A Hobby
Just like almost any craft, sewing is not for everyone. There are crafty people who may choose to take a diffrent hobby. Similarly, there are also those who are not necessarily crafty or creative, yet still managed to enjoy their time sewing. The only way to really find out is to give it a try. Sewing as a hobby is also not limited to any gender. While it's true that the sewing community is dominated by women, it does not limit men from sewing their own crafts, as well. As a matter of fact, there are now a lot of start-up sewn crafts businesses that are founded by men. Sewing does not discriminate, regardless of gender, age, occupation. Here is a typical process of how a sewing hobby evolves:
1) Introduction to the craft
Back in the day, there used to be so many hobby groups in almost any community or neighborhood. Today, with the advent of internet, it's becoming relatively easy to find virtual communities that pursue the same passion as you. Whether it's an online or offline group, there are priceless lessons that can be learned from the members there. These community or groups feature tips, tutorials, testimonials, recommendations, among other things.
While these information are also readily available from other references, hearing it from real people who are also fond of the craft makes a lot of difference. This stage is all about learning from the experiences of others, and getting yourself acquainted with a community or group that you can always turn to as you progress with your hobby. This stage is also the perfect time to ask as many questions as you can. People are most definitely more than willing to help and guide. That's the diffrence from merely reading and joining a community.
2) Choose your first pattern to sew
Here's an important note: always start with a simple pattern. It's normal to hop a step further in the sewing game, but it's in the simplest task that you will be able to really learn and appreciate the basics of the craft. If the goal is to really grow into the hobby, do not be afraid to have a humble start. Fortunately for those who are new to sewing today, it's not a lot easier to search for patternssince they are categorized according to skill level. If you are also not that keen on buying a basic pattern, you can always go back to the community or group for a pattern that they can lend you. Here are some of the popular beginner sewing pattern that you can try:
- So Sew Easy's Droid Apron - a geeky apron for the Star Wars fanatics
- Simple skirts and pants from Simplicity - if you are looking for something classic to wear, you can always rely on Simplicity patterns
- Purl Soho Tote Bag - this is also a surprisingly easy project to start with if you are looking for a good remembrance of your first sewing attempt.
3) Look for a sewing machine you're comfortable with
There may be a spare sewing machine in your house now that you can use. This will serve well for an early practice. However, if you are planning to grow in your sewing hobby, it is crucial to start investing on a sewing machine that works well for your style and skill level. This will help you familiarize yourself with the machine, which will eventually make the sewing process a breeze. Some people are more comfortable using the portable sewing machine, but you can also opt for the vintage type. To avoid investing on the wrong sewing machine, make sure to have a clear plan of the kind of sewing projects that you will be pursuing long-term, since this will greatly determine the type of machine that will best suit your practice.
4) Step-up your projects gradually
It may be tempting to stay on the easy and safe level, or some people may also be more hyped to step up the game too soon. In sewing hobby, the process is as essential as the output. Do not take on a sewing project that is apparently not yet fit for your skill level. However, make sure to also have realistic goals in your sewing craft. From a simple skirt, you can try sewing a wrap-around maxi dress. The process should be gradual, so you do not miss out on important steps.
5) Keep reading and improving
There's a reason why so many sewing blogs are flourishing these days. Many of us, regardless of skill level still love reading and knowing about what others are doing. This serve both as an inspiration and a lesson for each of us. Apparently, throughout the practice, there are tricks that we discover for ourselves, that we love sharing on the blog, too. Eventually, you can also start your own sewing blog to document your own progress and gather feedback from the community.
Sewing is no doubt one of the most cathartic activities to do. Like most things, it's the beginning that is always the toughest. Once you manage to get through this stage, the ideas and inspiration will just keep on flowing in.