Those unfamiliar with the world of sewing will be surprised to realize how diverse the methods can be and the kinds of options available when you’re just starting out. From pattern drafting to machine embroidery or hand embroidery, you’re bound to find something that suits your skills or sense of style. If you have the patience and dedication to learn, you could be making your own clothes before you know it!
Depending on your budget and eagerness to learn sewing, you can choose the perfect option through courses, classes or even directly from the comfort of your home. New York is one of the best cities to start your sewing classes, from design schools to small workshops, the city that never sleeps has something for everyone.
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Sewing is an art and like every art, it can be perfected only through practice, dedication and a genuine interest in the skills needed. And like every skill worth learning, sewing comes with its own lexicology; a universal language connecting sewing enthusiasts globally.
You must have already heard of terms like – bobbin, stitches, seam, zipper, hems, needle, patterns, textile – and you’ll soon make it part of your everyday vocabulary and be able to understand the world of sewing techniques.
For instance, if you’re learning a guitar, you realize the importance of knowing chord names, it can be the same with sewing and once you know the commonly used terms, it will be easier to take your knowledge to the next step. Machine sewing is obviously different from hand sewing but both kinds of sewing require certain techniques.
Thread on a sewing machine (Source: visualhunt.com)
Have you ever imagined sewing a dress for yourself or a tunic for your niece or perhaps doll clothes for your child? Perhaps it’s something you’ve always wanted to do especially as you browse catalogs or go window shopping at the weekends and can’t seem to find that style of dress you’ve been dreaming of.
Alice Walker once said, “If you’ve not yet found the story worth reading, maybe it’s time that you write that story.” Apply that to sewing and you’ll realize it’s time to create that perfect dress by sewing it yourself.
Going to a design academy and learning to be a fashion designer may not ideal but in your spare time, you can always indulge in the world of sewing by taking classes. You will find yourself making alterations on your own in no time!
It will not only enhance your knowledge of different textiles available but also turn you into a conscientious buyer. Next time, when you go to a shopping mall, you will be able to recognize the textiles and the stitch.
The internet is full to the brim of advice on where to begin was as a sewing newbie and it is a lot easier to find the right sewing machine and sewing expert for you, but here some handy sewing tips on where to start your sewing adventures in New York City.
New York has countless options available right on your doorstep. Most sewing experts give first class discounts that allow you to get a sense of what to expect, feel comfortable and if you’re ready to make a long-term commitment.
The first class will allow you to understand your specific interests. From design schools to one on one lessons New York has options for everyone’s needs and budget.
The New York sewing community is very welcoming. Here are a few courses and lessons currently available:
This is a course for those wanting to take their skills from hand sewing to machine sewing. Designed for beginners, you’ll learn how to use a sewing machine and create something small by the end of the day such as a pillowcase.
Situated in Midtown West, the class is 4 hours long usually on a Saturday and cost $49.
This class is the perfect introduction to embroidery techniques. At just $80, you’ll learn to jazz up your favorite jeans and redesign the clothes you already have to feel like you’ve brought something new. The classes usually run at the weekends and are situated on 3rd Avenue, Brooklyn.
If you’re more advanced in your skill set, why not try a course or workshop at Esaie Couture Design school. There are plenty of options to choose from including a pattern making workshop and an online draping course. This school, although provides basic in-house workshops, caters to specific skill sets so you can really improve your crafts.
Classes for beginners are usually around $100 but they have regular discount prices; online lessons are a little more expensive at around $220 per course.
At $60 a lesson, the Alterations Workshop is the place to learn how to fix all those minor holes, loose threads and missing buttons on your favorite clothes.
The workshop lasts 8 hours so that’s plenty of time to perfect your technique and have all your questions answered. You can find the workshop at The New York Sewing Center – Midtown and they run on a regular basis.
Thread and a needle. (Source: visualhunt.com)
Learning how to sew can be a heartwarming and rewarding experience for beginners. Realizing that you are learning a skill that means you could potentially make your own clothes for not only you but for your own family can feel empowering, save you money and also help you avoid the toxic fast-fashion industry.
If group classes or courses aren’t really your thing, you can also look for one on one tutors that can take you through everything one step at a time, at your own pace.
Superprof has a wide range of tutors based in New York and the surrounding areas so your choices are extremely wide-reaching.
Many tutors even come to your home to give you lessons and are very affordable, usually at around $25 per hour. Many sewing instructors also offer webcam tutorials. So, what are you waiting for? Book your first sewing session with an expert and start sewing today!
The sewing apparatus (Source: visualhunt.com)
If you’re confused about which sewing machine brand you should pick from, this blog is really helpful with reviews from sewing experts. Once you’re done with your beginner learning session and decide to move on to sewing projects, you can browse through several easy and fun sewing projects here on Amber’s blog.
These sites plus any workshop or lesson you decide to take will make you excited to experiment with different fabrics and patterns as soon as possible. The famous author Margaret Atwood once said about sewing:
I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.
These words will certainly ring true once you get the bug for sewing. It’s therapeutic and empowering therapeutic.
Sewing can be a way to reach your creative goals; mending clothes, knitting new patterns, using a sewing and embroidery machine – all of this can turn you into a professional in no time. Go out and learn the beautiful art and skill of sewing in New York!