Sewing is a great hobby. You can make sure your clothes fit. You get to unleash your creative side. You have a chance to learn a skill that could make you money, or at least save you a little cash. It connects you to a community around the world, all sharing the same interest you do.
Of course, being a creative endeavour, not everyone is on the same level. Just like not everyone who does anatomy sketches is Leonardo da Vinci, not everyone who sews is the best at it. It’s skill as much as an art, and you have to learn it along the way.
Everyone learns the basic ideas and concepts, of course. Just like how you can’t do great art if you’re not aware of how to use your tools, you can’t sew at a high level if you don’t know how to use the needles.
There are some advanced techniques and lessons that not everyone figures out early on, though. Here are some of those things!
Trims and piping are an exciting challenge.
These two are like garnish on a dish. They don’t need to be there. Having them adds something special, though. Piping you can buy, though some folks like to make their own. Trim can accentuate a colour. I suggest adding piping to the waistband of a skirt. Maybe add a nice trim to a jacket’s neckline.
Another nice touch people have trouble with are welt pockets.
Welt pockets are useful and the ones who figure out how to make them use them everywhere. I usually see them on jackets or coats, because they’re easiest to add there. The garments also make poor jobs simpler to hide, most of the time.
Once you master it, you can step up to advanced things like a double welt. Or you might modify it, add a flat or maybe a zipper.
Underlining is also a technique you should learn as you get better.
Underlining isn’t an obvious thing. Most people don’t realise there are reasons to add them to a garment. For example, you can add structural strength to a lightweight fabric. You can reduce the odds of wrinkling too.
Perhaps the best way to use underlining is to highlight the outer fabric of a project. Adding it can help support the outside and make it more prominent. The catch is that this technique is best done with hand-sewing. It isn’t impossible with machine-sewing, but it’s not advisable.
Finally, you could pick up tailoring or upholstering.
If you get good at either of those two, you could find yourself making money. In fact, companies like SewCovered are a good place to go if you think you can cut it sewing professionally. Click here if you’re curious to gauge your skills against their work.
The best part is that these techniques are all intermediate skills! There is still more to discover and master beyond this point, so you’re still going to get fulfilment and discovery even as you go forward.