There’s huge amounts of sewing guidance on the web. It’s a lovely idea, and thanks to all the people who do all the work.
But, sad and disappointing, much of it is very poor quality. Poor or incomplete methods, or difficult to see.
Or it’s impossible to avoid the ads.
And none of the general sites have a good index for finding what you want to know.
Even among the good ones – a huge range of garment styles, sewing styles, and learning styles are on offer. All the way from easy patterns with videos instead of written instructions, to couture in loving detail.
It will be fairly obvious from the posts here that I’m a wordy-nerdy blogger ! which doesn’t work well for many makers.
So the aim of this is mainly selfish, for easy access links to good tutorials which suit my preferences. Of course I haven’t seen all the possible sources on each technique, but hopefully I’ve found good ones.
And I obviously choose tutorials which work well for my sewing style and learning style.
I like quality slow sewing. Though I don’t go as far as couture, I’m definitely more that way inclined. I’m not in the ‘make something to wear this evening’ group ! But I’ve also managed to accept that I don’t actually want to make a tailored jacket. . .
Couture sewing is the highest quality – slow and accurate. Most of us don’t want to take quite so much trouble. But taking just a little extra care with each sewing process can make a big difference to the quality of the result.
And that’s what this is about.
People who like to jump in and have a go, who prefer quick sewing and brief visual instructions, will find all this very exasperating 😀
I’ve been surprised to find, on a sewing discussion board, that strong passions can be aroused about sewing technique – insults being flung about how you like to sew edge finishes or shape an armhole [?!]
Different people like to do things in very different ways. Find the way of sewing that you enjoy 😀 There’s so much on the web presented by warm-hearted enthusiasts, it’s easy to get distracted into thinking you ‘ought’ to sew a different way. Try to avoid wasting too much time in that trap. . .
I learn best from videos so I know exactly what the instructions mean, combined with detailed written instructions so I haven’t got to remember everything. So the tutorials I like combine a mixture of both teaching styles.
See this Sewingplums post on different learning styles.
So the methods described here won’t be right for everyone.
Hopefully these posts will help people like me, who prefer to have a lot of information about what’s involved before they start to do something. I also prefer quality sewing, even of very simple items, not speed sewing.
Originally done to support my own sewing. I’m the sort of person who clarifies my thoughts by writing them out. So I thought I’d tidy up what I write and post it here.
And hopefully with a good index.
I find it interesting that nearly every link I give comes from a different source !
An on-going project.
More practical than Sewingplums, which is mainly opinions, reviews, collections of information.
(P.S. I’m leaving the default header picture from WordPress for now, as for me it symbolises both quality and progressing through infinite possibilities.)
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