To say sewing is my passion is a bit of an understatement. I not only work at Sew News, Stitch, Creative Machine Embroidery magazines where I spend all day writing and promoting sewing I also have a community organization that I run called the Denver Sewing Collective. It’s a group of men and women online and off and we sew, talk about sewing, sew and talk sewing etc. etc. etc.. I’m also the Vice President of the American Sewing Guild, Denver Chapter. On my off off-time in between family, work, working out, social life and so on I sew a little, at least every day. Or if anything just look at a new pattern or fold my beautiful fabric.
So ya, I kind of like sewing. It’s hard to say why I like it so much to someone who doesn’t sew. It can be a pain in the butt sometimes, and quite frustrating. It’s an expensive hobby, can be any way. And, if you’ve ever tried to make pants or tried to fit your own body well again with the frustration.
But oh the joy of making something that fits, that gets compliments and “wow, you made that?!”. Or the joy of sewing for your little boy a monster softie that he adores and has loved to shreds. I’ve been giddy with happiness by making a pillow case for goodness sake.
I love watching a sewing newbie who has made an absolute disaster out of something and be completely unfazed and ready to do better the next time.
This type of person seeks out knowledge, reads blogs, watches videos and You-Tube, takes face-to-face classes whatever it takes because she is hungry to learn and figure it out. That kind of attitude is the hallmark of someone who has caught the sewing bug. You cannot fill her cup up. LOVE. IT.
I was recently asked what books and educational references were my go-to sources. What has changed my sewing for the better. The nature of my sewing I rely heavily on vintage sources and out of print sewing books. I also go to what would be considered the sewing elite in the sewing world. Nancy Zieman, Claire Schaffer and Lynda Maynard.
However, I have had the pleasure of reviewing Joi Mahon’s book Create The Perfect Fit. At first glance I was skeptical. But, good grief I learned something! My cup isn’t filled! I cannot sing her praises enough. I have used several of her fitting techniques when I am making a new garment or using a pattern and they work, period.
I don’t know, maybe it’s the spiral bound book (awesome) the clear instructions or in some cases a different approach to an old fitting problem (narrow chest adjustment). Whatever, I love it and it’s now in my top 5 sewing books.
You’ve heard of the definition of crazy? Doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results. That’s kind of like garment sewing. Sewing the same type of garment over and over and magically expecting different results.
No matter how many pant patterns you sew from you’ll keep getting the same result unless you try something different . Try a new fitting book, check out a new teacher or class, watch a video from a top-rated instructor.
So, however you choose to learn and grow as a seamstress, just keep your cup a little empty.
So, despite the frustrations what makes sewing a joy for you?