“One is never over-dressed or under-dressed with a Little Black Dress.” - Karl Lagerfeld
Why not teach your students how to make their own little black dresses?
More and more people in the UK want to learn to sew or at least get to grips with some basic sewing techniques. Maybe this is what you want to do, too! With the market becoming more competitive, you should consider developing other skills to help you command a higher salary.
In addition to selling your own creations and fixing damaged clothes, have you considered teaching people how to sew?
With so many people trying to become more self-sufficient, there’s a lot of people learning to sew and starting their own sewing projects.
Not able to travel very far?
Nowadays, there’s nothing stopping you from teaching aspiring tailors how to sew from the comfort of your own home!
Just follow our guide on becoming a sewing teacher!
Create a Sewing Blog to Attract Potential Customers
Becoming a blogger can help you rise to fame on the web.
Whether you’re self-taught or attended a fashion school, a blog is a great way to provide free content to your followers while building your following and reaching potential customers.
Here are a few examples of what a fashion blog could provide:
- A sewing e-book for beginners with a few sewing basics and sewing projects for beginners
- Free downloadable sewing patterns for a kimono, tunic, or tote bag, for example.
- Ideas for creating your own fashion accessories
- Essential items for your sewing kit (include reviews of common sewing supplies)
- How to save money when you first learn how to sew
- Current fashion and haute couture trends
- Advice on choosing the right sewing machines and sewing tools
Talking about fashion on your blog can help you to see what your potential customers are after, too. Comments and discussions with your followers will give you an idea of what you should be offering in terms of fashion advice and sewing lessons.
It can take some time to establish your blog. Even if the platforms are quite easy to use, you need to think about what subjects you’re going to cover regularly on your sewing blog to make sure that infrequent visitors become lifelong fans.
You can also consider becoming a member of an association or setting up group tutorials in your area.
Making Sewing Videos
You could even offer sewing videos for a fee. In fact, you could put together a sewing course as a series of step-by-step videos.
You could offer a video package to your students to get them started with sewing. It’s also possible to group videos together in a particular theme allowing the students to choose which topic they want to learn more about.
Here are a few examples of what you could cover:
- Sewing on a zipper
- Sewing basics like threading a needle
- Using fusible interlining/interfacing
- Using a serger
- Making a hem
- Embroidery, quilting, patchwork, etc.
- Customising your wardrobe
- Using a sewing machine
- Sewing on a button
- Sewing stitches by hand
- Sewing a skirt and its lining
- Reusing old clothes
- Making a sewing pattern
Don’t forget to give your students ways to get in touch in case they have any questions, want to clear something up, or just want to thank you for your advice and show you what they’ve made.
Make sure you offer high-quality videos: Your students need to be able to see what’s going on and easily follow each step.
You also need to consider how long each video lasts. Clearly outline all the steps you’re going to film and make a note of them before you start filming.
If you need a bit of inspiration, you should consider looking at these channels:
Don’t hesitate to pay for other sewing and fashion courses to get some good ideas of the quality expected and the rates you should be charging. Once you know what established platforms are offering and charging, you should probably charge a little less when you’re starting out.
Why not offer your sewing classes in a school?
Giving Sewing Classes Over Webcam
With Skype, it’s never been easier to give classes over webcam. A webcam class can be prepared in the same way as a face-to-face tutorial. You’ll have the same relationship with your students, talk to them in the same way, and be expected to tailor your classes to them in terms of their strengths and weaknesses.
There are several advantages to giving classes via webcam:
- No need to go anywhere: You can save a lot of time, petrol, and money! You can do them in your workshop or anywhere you like.
- More potential customers: If you can’t travel, you can get customers from all over the country (and the world!). If your students are away on their holidays, as long as they have an internet connection, you can still teach them
- Better availability: When you don’t have to travel, you’ll have more free time and therefore more times throughout the day when you can teach your lessons.
- Using online tools at the same time: If your student needs an explanation, you can find resources online during your lessons or by creating them yourself and sending them to your student in real-time via email or over Skype.
- Brief and precise exchanges: Generally, when you teach over a webcam, you can focus on what you need to say rather than having a chat. You’ll only talk about the task at hand.
- Fewer expenses: In fact, the student will need to have their own materials (thread, pins, patterns, etc.). It means you can save a lot of money!
Of course, there are also disadvantages to teaching via webcam. You need to have a good internet connection so that you won’t have any lagging or communication issues with your student. If your video starts skipping, your student runs the risk of not understanding what you’re saying and, as a result, the quality of your teaching will be affected.
Test your internet connection and your equipment before you start teaching online sewing classes. Make sure you’re in a well-lit room and invest in a decent microphone or headset.
The fact that you’re not face-to-face can make establishing a bond difficult. You need to make sure that you convey a friendly disposition and build a relationship with your sewing students. A webcam class naturally puts distance between the teacher and the student and you have to work even harder to get your passion for sewing across.
Don’t hesitate to sign up on Superprof: On our platform, you can offer tutorials via webcam. You can also offer face-to-face tutorials.
The Advantages of Teaching Webcam Tutorials over Video Courses
Webcam tutorials allow you to have a genuine exchange with your student. It’s easier to tailor your classes to your students, who will probably have their own personal goals.
A video course needs to cover a more general topic while webcam classes can focus on modifying clothes, handmade clothes, and customising your wardrobe.
Additionally, you won’t need to invest in the most expensive equipment available when giving classes over webcam. Video courses require a decent tripod, good lighting, and quality sound equipment. Furthermore, you need to edit the videos afterwards which requires yet more skills.
A webcam class just requires a webcam and a decent microphone so you can clearly communicate with your students. You can also offer your first hour of tutoring for free while you establish your teaching approach.
An online sewing workshop can also save a lot of time as you won’t have to travel anywhere. You won’t save that much time when you make a video series as you’ll have to film and edit your videos.
I’d strongly recommend webcam tutorials over pre-recorded videos as they’re much closer to actual tutorials and you’ll save more time and money than you would by making your own video courses.
Online Sewing Classes Terminology
Online sewing classes come with a lot of benefits for both you and your students. Online teaching jobs in general are very beneficial!
However, you’ll need to familiarise yourself with a few key terms, no matter what you teach. Here are a couple of sewing terms, for example:
What Is Jersey?
Jersey is a fine knitted mesh used for making clothes. Originally jersey was made from cotton but now it can be made from synthetic fibres, too. Check the grammage as an indication of the quality.
What Is a Pattern?
A pattern is a template for clothing which explains the measurements and allowances. You can create clothing using a pattern to help you.
See more about teaching sewing in schools.