Ruminations on the process of learning to sew
A humble beginner’s perspective
My three hour 20 minute skirt started me thinking about the process for learning to sew. I noticed that Lindsay T is mentoring some teenagers, teaching them to sew. This is amazing! I think you learn best from a live teacher, well at least I do. Seeing how something is done, being able to ask questions when you get stuck or don’t understand something cannot be substituted by a text book or a sewing pattern, no matter how good the directions are. I also know that a great way is to learn from your own mistakes, but what if you’re making mistakes, but don’t know why they’re mistakes? What then?
Recently, I have been toying with the idea of looking up the sewist/teacher I found on Craig’s list 4 or 5 yrs ago when I wanted to make the stupid slipcover and see if she’d be willing to come over (she makes house calls!) and just be there while I make something more complicated than my recent skirt from start to finish. She could give me tips, tell me what I’m doing wrong, point me in the right direction. I could ask questions as I go.
Advantages: I wouldn’t make/have mistakes, I’d have a teacher one on one, mano a mano, and I’d end up with a garment I would definitely wear. It would be cheaper than a class (no babysitting needed!). I could make whatever I wanted, not be restricted to a class syllabus.
Disadvantages: I’d have to pay for that teaching (technically not a disadvantage, but free would be better, no?). But, other than that I can’t think of any disadvantages.
Do you think I’m crazy to do this? Do you think this idea is nuts? Is it like cheating death? Do you think I should get over making mistakes and having potential wadders in the beginning? In my defense, I am so obsessed excited about sewing, that I really want to be able to wear everything I make right away. Wouldn’t you???
And further to the point that visual learning is essential to learning how to sew, I’ve even suggested on PatternReview that they do video classes. What do you think? I think that’s the next technology jump for learning how to sew. I know there are some video tutorials out there, but they are few and far between and not all in one place or are hard to find. I’ve taken a couple of the on line classes on PatternReview already, but they don’t have the video component which I think is so necessary for visual learners like me. Deepika are you reading this? 😉 I’m not at all complaining about the classes. I thought they were great and I learned a lot, but I thought they’d be soooooo much better with some video demos included.
Hmmmm…. Lots to think about here.