In this article, you will learn the two paths to learning any skill — and which one is the most efficient and effective! You will also learn three questions you should ask yourself before learning a new skill.
Do you know what learning how to strum a soft, enchanting melody on a guitar or how to paint captivating watercolour flowers or how to create life-changing software apps have in common with learning how to sew?!
In the beginning, any skill worth learning will ask two things of you:
- a healthy amount of patience; and
- a willingness AND commitment to practice.
Now that you know what you need to bring to the table to learn how to sew, it’s time to talk about…
The Two Paths to Learning
Once you’ve committed to being patient and to regular practice, then you can approach learning how to sew in one of two ways:
- Path #1: You can choose a basic sewing skill you want to learn, and then pick a project or sewing pattern that incorporates that skill.
- Path #2: You can practice the various basic sewing skills independent of a project.
Path #1 is NOT my favorite. But honestly, this is the way I started out because I was clueless!
If you slog through it, your skills will eventually improve. But let me tell you this:
Path #1 is the fastest route to disgust, tears, and/or a readiness to chuck the whole notion of learning how to sew.
Because with this method you are more likely to end up with a totally failed project or at least one you would not be proud to flaunt.
That leaves my preferred Path #2.
I love this method so much that I designed Stitching in Colour in such a way that you can do just that.
Just cut out your fabric in simple squares, rectangles, or garment shapes, and then practice techniques independent of a project as many times as you need until you’re the mistress of that skill.
For example, see how I did it here to practice sewing basic darts…
Trust me when I say that Path #2 is the way to go if you want to keep your sanity and forge ahead until you’re sewing insanely pretty clothes with relative ease that you are absolutely proud to flaunt.
And yes, even a spare 10 or 15 minutes here and there is enough to make gains — and it is better than nothing!
So before you sit down in front of your sewing machine, take the time to ask yourself the following three questions:
- Am I ready to be patient and tender with myself as I learn how to sew?
- Am I ready to commit to regular practice until I am the mistress of the basic sewing skills?
- Will I learn how to sew using Path #1 or Path #2?
And once you’ve made the commitment, BEGIN.
All the real magic is in beginning!
For now, forget about the destination or arriving and just enjoy the journey. Please.
Because, after all, you’re sewing for fun, right?!
Life is the ultimate red carpet event. Dress for it!