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Sewing fever

I have watched the Great British Sewing Bee TV programme (shown on BBC2 in the UK) and it totally reignited the sewing flame in me. I have bought a sewing machine a couple of years ago but never really used it, except for hemming pants and other small tasks. In addition, I have never learnt to use my machine properly, which is I guess the reason why I am never satisfied with the result nor with the amount of time I spend to tackle these simple tasks…

I am fascinated by the idea of being able to create my own clothes and would really want to get there one day. I occasionnally buy fabrics and sewing materials, but I feel a little overwhelmed about choosing and starting a project. So all that stuff is piling up in the basement, and I think about it, frustrated about not being able to do something with it (not to mention the boyfriend’s comments about my stash…). But now I have decided that I will learn to sew, and I am going to start today! I have made a list of my objectives:

I want to be able to:

  • repair my clothes
  • alter bought clothes
  • make clothes, bags and furnishings following a pattern
  • design my own clothes (one day…)

To reach all those objectives, I will need to acquire skills and techniques. Here are some that I could think of:

  • Fixing rips and holes
  • Making neat hems
  • Hand stitching
  • Using the right thread and fabric
  • Sewing a seam
  • Choosing the right pattern size
  • Cutting fabric following a pattern, including seam allowances
  • Basting
  • Using tailor’s tacks
  • Creating folds
  • Bias binding
  • Embellishing
  • Adjusting to fit
  • Making buttonholes
  • Inserting zippers
  • Taking measurements
  • Design a pattern
  • Using the right techniques

I am sure that I will discover more skills necessary to learn during my progress!

I will try to dedicate 30 minutes to my new activity every second day. I made space for it in my calendar! For today, I will review my sewing materials. It’s nice to know what I am starting with!


I’ve got pins, machine (universal, stretch and jeans) and hand needles, a sewing machine, a seam ripper, scissors (but no shears), chalk,  thread (mostly polyester), hemming web, some elastic, and measuring tape. The basics are here, so no excuse… let’s start sewing! For my learning sessions, I plan to use a book called “Start Sewing” by Wendy Gardiner as a guide, as well as several blogs and videos online. Next time I will be looking into hand stitching! I really need to refresh my skills in that area…