• New Money-Saving Hobby: Sewing

    Example of a dress people can sew
    How great would it be to sew dresses like this?

    Sewing was always part of my childhood. My mother used to fix all our clothes whenever they had a hole – it was just the normal thing to do. She also loved knitting, although I never quite got the hang of that!

    Anyone who knows me will tell you that I’m TERRIBLE at sewing though. I think I’ve attempted it twice to fix some clothes using a friends machine – both have been abject failures.

    That’s why I’ve decided to start practicing sewing. Apart from saving money when clothes break, I have friends who re-fashion last year’s clothes which would save me a lot of money. There is also evidence that suggests the process of sewing is good for your brains, as the concentration combined with small hand movements activates many regions of the brain. This is especially true of quilting, which UK newspapers have reported improves emotional, social and cognitive health (quite a list for such a simple hobby).

    Not to mention the self-esteem boost at looking at a lovely item of clothing and thinking “I made that!”

    I thought it might be interesting to document my progress on this blog. Here’s what I’ve done so far:

    • Watched several “guide to sewing” videos online (check out the video below which I thought was the best one)
    • Read a guide to sewing machines for beginners (I don’t want to waste my money on a machine that isn’t up for the job)
    • Researched sewing clubs in my local area (there are a few, but I’m not sure which I’ll go to yet)

    Here’s the video I’m talking about:

    If you’re new to sewing, or you just need a refresher, I highly recommend this video. It’s the first in a series by Sewing Parts Online, and teaches you how to wind and thread a machine. It also talks about installing a top loading and front loading bobbin (which was gibberish to me before the video).

    Look out for my first post about my sewing journey soon. I promise to post all my projects – good or bad – so I can get feedback and see what you think!