I’m a bit biased, yes, but as someone who learned to sew from books, terrible YouTube videos, and tons of trial and error, I now definitely see the value in learning to sew in a group with a qualified instructor. My students learn important skills so much faster, and more efficiently, than they would if they were trying to figure things out on their own. Learn more about my upcoming classes here.
Here are my top 5 reasons you should take a sewing class:
1. There are rules you need to know, but not really.
There are a ton of sewing “rules” that almost every sewing book tells you: always pin in the flat, press every seam flat then directionally, etc. etc., but the fact of that matter is that there are a billion ways to do every sewing technique. There’s an exception to every sewing rule out there, and having an instructor walk you through the rules while also giving you alternatives, is invaluable.
2. Your mistakes are addressed and fixed when you make them.
When I was learning to sew I would realize my mistakes AFTER my garment was completed when there was no way to go back and salvage the garment. An instructor in a class setting can point out and correct any mistakes you make along the way, salvaging your handmade item and saving you a lot of time and grief.
3. You learn faster when you’re surrounded by other seamstresses.
Learning through osmosis is a real thing, and being able to look over and watch a fellow student is immensely helpful. You also gain the effects of comaraderie with a group of beginners. These are both huge boosts to your sewing self-esteem.
4. You’re pushed out of your comfort zone.
Sewing can be terrifying, and the more YouTube videos or books you read the scarier it can become. In a class setting you work at the pace of the teacher, and in my case, we move quickly. Quickly enough that you don’t have time to make excuses for not starting.
5. You make new friends.
There’s a real magic that occurs when you start creating around other people: you inspire one another, you support one another, and you know you’re in the same boat as everyone else. Sewing is a rare hobby nowadays and having sewing buddies to call on or interact with is a real help as you’re learning and improving your skills.