“Fabrics doesn’t make exquisite dresses, it is the stitches.”
Whether you agree or not, sewing is once again becoming a popular pastime again for both men and women alike.
While many probably think of it as something only their grandma does, shows, like the Great British Sewing Bee, have helped make the hobby more popular in recent years.
So whether you just want to learn how to sew your buttons back on, some basic sewing techniques, how to thread a needle, or have much bigger sewing projects in mind, it’s time to take sewing lessons!
In this article, we’ll help you work out how much it should cost and what factors will influence the price you pay for each tutorial.
Whether you’re a beginner or already know how to use a sewing machine, anyone can learn at their own pace. Some might want to:
Anyone who’s learning to sew will probably have to invest in some sewing supplies. (Source: Skyangel)
While anyone can learn how to sew, there’s one very important condition: Whether you’re starting from scratch or improving your skills, you’re going to need the right equipment. This means you’ll have to invest in some of the following things:
There are plenty of books on sewing for dummies (some with that very title) which can help you get to grips with some of the basics before you move onto more advanced techniques.
Of course, sewing comes into play in various different careers and parts of our daily lives:
Now that you know you can get sewing tutorials, you just have to work out how much they cost.
The best way to learn to sew is with someone who’s passionate about it like a fashion designer or a seamstress. Whether it’s their full-time job or just a hobby, they’ll teach you the basics including how to use a sewing machine in your projects.
The cost of making your own clothes will vary depending on the types of garments you’re making. (Source: BiljaST)
Of course, they won’t do this for free. Your tutor’s rates will depend on a number of factors:
In the UK, prices generally follow these rules. Due to the cost of the living, tutorials are generally more expensive in London than other cities that are cheaper to live in. In smaller cities, like Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Glasgow, the average cost of tutorials tends to be lower.
While these prices are just averages, you should keep in mind that the rates will also vary according to the tutor’s experience, qualifications, the exact type of sewing they teach, when and how often you get your classes, etc.
Of course, you can reduce the cost of your lessons by:
Sewing classes are also becoming more popular because people are becoming more interested in doing things for themselves and nurturing their creativity. This is why a lot of designers have decided to turn towards teaching others their craft.
Learning to sew as part of a fashion school or within the fashion industry is great because you’ll have professionals there helping you. Better yet, some schools even offer a variety of workshops like:
If you learn to sew, you can do more than just repair old jeans! (Source: bluemorphos)
They also have classes on more specific things like:
You should know that the world of fashion will pretty much always require someone who can sew. Not just anyone can make their own made-to-measure clothing or start repairing damaged garments without a few tips and advice. This is where the professionals in schools, those who’ve usually worked in the industry, can help you.
Again, their services come at a price. Their rates will depend on more than just where they live. Generally:
You can also save money by asking for group rates or student discounts. The cheaper, the better, right?
“I offer an introduction to sewing for small groups as well as private tutorials on customising clothes” explains Émilia, a private tutor who offers her first hour of tutoring for free.
Whether you want to master cross stitch or just improve your sewing skills, asking a private tutor to help you is a great place to start. They can also teach you all about embroidery, how to use your sewing machine, or how to sew by hand.
Getting a tutor who’s passionate about sewing… priceless! (Source: nebulosagrafica)
The main advantage of these classes is that they can take place whenever both of you are free and willing to learn. You can get private tutorials during the day, in the evening, at the weekend, etc. Again, the rates will vary depending on the type of tutorial, the materials that the tutor provides, and how often your lessons are. The most common types of tutorials include:
These types of tutorials are generally available for all levels and your tutor will adapt to your strengths and weaknesses. This can help you regularly improve regardless of whether you’re doing just simple things or complicated projects.
On Superprof, you can find plenty of tutors willing to travel to you in order to teach you how to sew, knit, or do embroidery. So what are you waiting for?
Are you sick of asking your mum to sew on a button when it falls off?
Why not learn to do it yourself with a few sewing tutorials?
You’ll soon see that it’s much easier than you thought! A lot of people move on to making their own clothes after that.
While sewing has existed for years, it wasn’t until the 19th century that it was formalised as a trade due to a high demand for it during wars.
Over time, the trade developed and it became one of the first jobs for women at the start of the 20th century.
While it’s still a vocation that’s dominated by women, there are more and more men making their way into the industry.
Even though you probably still think of sewing as something that’s quite old-fashioned, a lot of research and development goes into the industry both for fashion and technology and you’ll be quite surprised at just how technical it can get!
Sewing classes can include a number of things such as:
Don’t forget that when you’re not in class, you can always read blogs for inspiration and tips, watch videos to refine those tricky techniques, and even get online private tutorials if there aren’t any private tutors near you.
There are plenty of different methods and techniques to learn, too. Just don’t lose your temper when your thread gets tangled!