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novamc
« on: August 31, 2012 04:24:47 AM »

I’ve bought the books and ‘plan’ to turn the loft into a sewing room and that’s as far as I’ve come…

This is my second attempt into the world of ‘dressmaking’ – my first was half hearted and I gave up at the first hurdle - (A Martha Stewart apron) a project which left me feeling stupid that I couldn’t fathom the easiest of instructions!

I was going to sign up to a night time college course but all the spaces were snapped up and to be honest I think you would be fighting for the teacher’s attention as they are often over booked, then I thought maybe private lessons…but they could get a bit pricey.

So I thought id try again and teach myself… So here I am in complete novice territory and hoping the sewing gods take pity on me…

Sadly I find a certain popular craft store here in the NE not very helpful if you’re not a regular customer. They made me feel a little uncomfortable with the fact I had no clue what I was asking for and as a complete beginner having no clue is certainly where I’m at.

So if you are based in the North East of England and would like to let me know where you get your sewing supplies from or if there’s any sewing clubs or something I don’t know about id really appreciate the help…

Also may I take the opportunity to apologise for any future posts with any sewing questions which may lead you to think I’m completely stupid!  Huh
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Alexus1325
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2012 07:24:36 AM »

*pat pat pat* Sewing elitists are everywhere Sad The good news is you CAN make that elitism work for you! When dealing with snobby craft store staff, try to set aside that feeling of intimidation and replace it with determination. You know you want to learn how to make something, and that scary fabric cutter is actually paid to assist you! Bring your pattern or print out the tutorial for your project and show it to them, then ask ever so sweetly for their recommendations. Being sincere in wanting to do your project well (and setting aside the fear of failure) combined with acknowledging that s/he knows more about fabric than you do will go a long way into warming them up. Also, bringing your completed project and/or thanking them for their advice next time you go fabric shopping will give them a sense of pride and encourage them to be more helpful to beginners in the future.

Or they're just crotchety, and you put up with it as best you can Tongue

Best of luck with your projects, and no question is stupid when you want to learn something!
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Nofuelleft
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2012 09:34:49 AM »

Just ask them if there is another store where  you can spend your money .
It Works Wink
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katyfox
« Reply #3 on: September 02, 2012 07:36:27 AM »

I would totally recommend a class, I took one last year and has improved my sewing confidence no end. There were people on the course of all abilities all doing different projects but everyone was so nice and helpful, so even if the teacher is busy usually someone can give you some advise. It's just helpful to be shown your way round a pattern or how to cut the fabric and just to be able to get the answer to a particular query when it arises.

However...if you can't get on one that's not very helpfull! Most creative people are desperate to share their creations and enthusiasm with other people who share their passions. Perhaps you could start a Facebook group with a view to find some other sewers in your area so you can meet up and sew together? You just might start a revolution!
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