Here is a freelance contribution from Sally Writes:
Want to Sew Some More? Here’s How to Develop Your Hobby
When you sit down to sew, you may realize that there’s so much more that you could learn how to do. By now, you’ve done all the basic sewing projects: you’ve stitched patches on your daughter’s Girl Scouts vest; you’ve made stuffed fabric turkeys for Thanksgiving with the family. It’s time to develop your hobby into and learn new things about sewing—but where should you begin?
Having a hobby like sewing is a great way to enhance your life by giving you a creative outlet to personalize crafts and calm your mind after a hard day at work. Finding ways to grow your hobby and really turn it into a passion can make for many rewarding projects and a feeling that you have mastered the craft. If you are looking to develop your sewing and take it to the next level, here are three tips for your inner tailor:
Tip #1: Expand On What You Already Know
Whether you consider yourself to be a sewing extraordinaire or you are just beginning, there are many ways to expand your knowledge and skillset. Taking local sewing or stitching classes is always a great way to establish a foundation of like-minded sewing enthusiasts who can provide you will inspiration and new ideas. It may also be a wise idea to do some research. Can you identify all the parts and uses of your sewing machine? Do you know how to use a seam guide, or how to sew a knit versus a woven fabric? By learning the many sewing terms by seeking out the needed knowledge in a specialty book or magazine, you will undoubtedly become a better sewer who is well-versed in the craft lingo.
Tip #2: Experiment with Online Blogs
In addition to attending classes or sewing groups in-person, you can also consult the Internet for many more online hobby-centric forums and blogs. Surfing a site like Pinterest to discover unique ideas for sewing projects can provide you with endless hours of creative motivation. You can even learn how to make products that can be sold at craft shows, like an acorn-shaped potholder in time for the fall or cute pairs of baby shoes. Reading other sewing will also give you new ways to look at projects you may be familiar with, like simple embroidery, and spawn exciting design techniques to reimagine your established techniques.
Tip #3: Try Out a Sewing Subscription Service
A third idea to develop your sewing hobby is to test out a subscription box service, which arrives by mail continually throughout the year. These box services are particularly trendy in a range of industries, like the food and beauty industries, and it is a proven way to receive the latest and favorite consumer products. By signing up for a sewing subscription box, you can have access to new materials, patterns, and craft ideas that will come right to your doorstep. This will challenge you to utilize elements of sewing that you never have before, and many also come with a seasonal twist, which can be fun for the holidays.
By expanding your knowledge, surfing hobby blogs, and trying a subscription service, you can allow your inner sewing spirit to grow beyond your creative capacities and become a master of your hobby.