Are you going to do it? You’re going to learn to sew? Are you nervous? Excited? Some of both?
Before you get started I want you to make yourself a promise. Because sewing takes some patience, but you can do this!
Promise This to Yourself:
When I sit down at the sewing machine I will realize that learning to sew takes time and practice.
My lines won’t be perfectly straight the first day. Or the second. Maybe not even for a few months. Or years. That’s ok. Nobody cares. I’m doing my best.
The seam ripper is my friend. Not my enemy. It’s normal to need to use the seam ripper. That’s the beauty of sewing. When you make a mistake you can undo it and fix it. There’s not too many things in the world that you can say that for are there?
If I find myself getting frustrated I will take a break. And eat some chocolate. I will return when I am refreshed.
I won’t give up. I will keep this goal to learn to sew and I will accomplish it.
I won’t be overly critical of my work. I will realize that no one else will judge my work nearly as harshly as I will judge myself.
I will have fun and feel creative and brilliant while I sew.
Promise me that ok? I don’t want you to get frustrated and quit.
Remember, I sew a ton and I am not kidding you, I make mistakes and my works is far from perfect. You know this messenger bag? Looks nice in the picture. But it has a few strange puckers and few crooked lines. That’s ok. You think anyone else notices? Nope. Think anyone cares? No.
I know you perfectionists are going to have a hard time with this, but release it and have a good time.
And, if you are struggling with something-Let Me Know! I want to help. This is all new to me to teach people to sew, so if I need to explain something better, just tell me.
OK, are you ready?!
Let’s do this!
I have been sewing for a few years now but lately I have been frustrated. Having a baby and trying to sew isn’t easy at all. Your writeup has helped me alot I wish I read this before I started learning. Had to write it out and paste in my sewing space to keep my mind in the right perspective. Thank you Amber.
Amber, I am recently retired and trying to learn to sew. Bought myself a Bernina 570QE and find it soooo overwhelming. Found your website at the perfect time. Looking forward to learning how to sew and hopefully, eventually learn to quilt.
Thank you for sharing your love of sewing and teaching us newbies how to start the journey of learning how to sew.
This makes me so happy!
Amy K. says
Sister, I am printing this out and posting it over our new sewing machine! I want my kids to feel encouraged to make mistakes in the pursuit of non-perfection!
Where can I see this?
Laura Fernandez says
Hello! I just start we sewing and I am not English native so sometimes is hard to me to fully understand all your post me I love it.
I am now try to decide which sewing machine is the ideal for me, Could you please help me with that?
I want a a powerful my easy machine to start.
I have a post on that here: http://crazylittleprojects.com/2013/02/sewing-machine-recommendations.html
Mrs Helen Milnes says
Well I’ve just read your directory of sewing terms, I’ve been through your getting to know your machine, of which both machines have more knobs than my new machine (Toyota Super 17) Here I go, I have lots of enthusiasm and some good ideas, I really hope I can do this xx
I’m Nurul and i’m yr Learn to Sew 2016 student. I’m a newbie and i love yr pledge. You’re really inspired me. Tq so much.
I think i should frame this and hang it on the wall in front of my sewing machine…
“My lines won’t be perfectly straight the first day. Or the second. Maybe not even for a few months. Or years. That’s ok. Nobody cares. I’m doing my best.”
Glad to hear you like it. 🙂
I love your web page. Like you I am also mostly self taught since I don’t remember much from my eighth grade home ec class. The last couple of years I have tackled things like Halloween costumes and pajamas but still have tons to learn. I also excited to start teaching my daughter some things. Can’t wait for her to do some projects with me. Thanks for doing this tutorial.
Can’t wait! I’m hoping my daughter will do this with me, as well. 🙂
Becky Potter says
In crazy excited to do this series again!!!
Anita Carol Gambrell says
Ready! This is great! I got my daughter and my best friend a sewing machine and I told them to please hook up in here too!
I started learning to sew a few days ago on my own, and have made a throw pillow, a cowl and a drawstring bag 😛 My thread is awful, it bunches all the time, and I’m sure the fabric I’m using isn’t the best but muddling through it and making something is an awesome feeling ^ ^
Next time I get frustrated I’ll take your advice and break for some chocolate ;p
Even posting this because you don’t want people to get frustrated and quit, is such a nice sentiment, It makes me want to keep on sewing 😀
Sew, thank you! ^ ^
Got a sewing machine for Christmas and I’m ready to take up the craft again. I sewed all the time when I was in my late teens and twenties. I am now 56 so it’s been a few years! Hopefully it’ll be like riding a bike!
Hi! I am learning to sew and stumbled across your blog. So far I am in love! So thank you! I did try to join the group but it didn’t come up. Is the group gone now? Just wondering because I am sure I will have TONS of questions. Thank you! 🙂
It is still there! If you email me I can send an invite!!!
I am so looking forward to this!!
So I recently got a sewing machine at a garage sale and my grandma swear it’s in great condition which is great because being 16 I cat really afford a brand new one. I really want to learn to make things, mostly outfits and I really liked the messenger bag that you have in the challenge thing. But my schedule is busy and so is my grandmas so she can’t really teach me everything unless I want it to take forever but now I can learn and then surprise her!
I’m extremely happy I found your site!
You can do it!!!! 🙂
First off…I AGREE!!!! 2nd OMG I’m so glad I found your blog. I am learning to sew and your blog is a God send! I found my mom’s old sewing machine in the basement, cleaned it and am bound and determined to learn how to use this thing! 🙂 SO EXCITED!!!!!
Hi Amber 🙂
Somehow i fell in love with sewing and i accidentally found your site. Its really Awesome!
i just turned 21 on feb and i want to immerse myself in sewing.
Your truly a wonderful teacher 🙂
p.s i am a chocoholic!
I. Love. You. So. Much. That’s all I wanted to say.
Oh that and also: thank you so much, you’re amazing!
Ha ha! I love you too. 🙂
Kristen Ruby says
I’m new to sewing (just received my first sewing machine for Christmas!). I made my first pillow last week (and yes, there were mistakes). My husband and I were impressed and now I have the desire to tackle more difficult projects. I found your site and can’t wait to work on some of your projects…the messenger bag looks really cute (great fabrics, too!). Thanks for being here for us beginners!
Oh that’s so much fun to hear. You’re going to get addicted. 🙂
Hi, Amber. I am 60, and have always wanted to learn to sew. This Wednesday I am taking a basic sewing class at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I just stumbled on your Pin about buying fabric, which was SO informative, I wanted to see the rest of the series. After reading just the Sewing Pledge, I am hooked – as a reforming perfectionist, I really needed that :). I am not a person who learns things easily, so thanks for a great series I can use when I am home and can’t remember anything I learned in class. Glad I found you, and best wishes for 2014.
This comment is so wonderful! Thank you for sharing kind words. I hope you have fun learning to sew. You can do it!!!
I for the first time EVER turned a sewing machine on! It took me about 40 minutes to get it up and running thanks to the wonderful world of internet and youtube videos. I even sewed a little. No straight lines, except for once on accident. My machine ate a pin because I forgot I used one. My upper thread and bobbin threads are not finishing on the same side. Meaning- both sides have a thread hanging off of them; I’m not thinking that’s right… but I could be wrong.
But, I had a blast! It was a personal triumph!
Love hearing that! Just keep practicing and being patient as you learn!
Chanreka Leftridge says
Thank you for honesty ! I took the pledge and cant wait to get sewing. I will keep you posted on my progress!
Sincerely, A creative military wife!
June Hearn says
I am SSOOOOO excited about this “Learning to Sew” class! I have been wanting to learn how to sew for so long. I have a sewing machine, serger, and embroidery machine…. I don’t know how to use ANY of them!! (I know it is sad- it felt sad just to say it!) 🙂 I just love you are teaching a class. In two weeks I start a serger class, so all I need is an embroidery machine jeanie to help me learn how to do that computer attached machine! Thanks again for the class and I look so forward to being involved in it!
Ya June! Sounds like you need to break those machines in asap! 🙂
June Hearn says
I am sssooooo excited about this class!! I have a sewing machine, embroidery machine, AND a serger! I know nothing about ANY of them. I’m beginning to do little things on my sewing machine, but get very frustrated because it seams 🙂 like everything I try to make comes out all willy wonka and no one can figure out what it is. Hopefully with these sewing classes, I can make something that identifiable!
kathleen babbitt says
I have been sewing since i was 16 and now i’m almost a senior citizen! closer than I want to tell lol I love to sew and do needlework but I still keep my seam ripper close by! when people exclaim over the things i have made and say I could never do that. I am reminded of my first years of sewing and i reply you didn’t see my trash can in the early years. lol just keep at it and it is such a rewarding hobby!
Donna Douglas says
I love your pledge and I have clicked on to join your group on Facebook. I have done sewing in the past but really want to get back into it relearn the basic’s and even start using zips. I have been looking at many sewing blogs over the last few days and your’s really is the best one that I have seen so far.
I have pledged too and I am ready to start as well. Plan on looking for some fabric tomorrow so I can sit and start Tuesday!
Do you have a you tube channel too?
Nope but I guess I should!
I read this. I’m pledged. And ready to start as soon as I buy fabric. 🙂
Elly Smith says
Read. Pledged. Ready! Am I way too late to start?
Nope, you can start any time. 🙂
I’m a bit late but I’m ready. I’m total novice and I am starting an evening course on the April so I need all the advice and practice I can get :-). Thank you Amber for these amazing tutorials.
Omgosh…..I just found this site and am soooo excited. I can sew a straight line to make a table runner or something like that, but that is it. I know I am behind, but can’t wait to get started. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for starting this project!!
Kiersten W. says
My sewing machine will be here tomorrow! I need something like this to remind myself to be patient and cut myself some slack when I’m first starting out. Thank you for all of the tutorials and information! It makes me a little less nervous about starting out with a brand new skill.
Sharon Joyner says
Morning just finished my hand towels (instead of burp cloths) was wondering if we are suppose to post pictures anywhere? Was looking for a flickr group but did not see one. Thank you have a great day!
There’s a facebook group that some people are sharing photos in here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/385767911505508/
I’ll look into doing a flickr group too. Hadn’t thought of that…
Kathleen Bodary says
Looking forward to learning new things and honing skills.
I agree! I am excited to do this. Thank you for trying something that fits for the people who don’t have a conventional schedule.
I am looking foward to your learning to sew series.
Ready! Looking sew forward to overcoming fear of sewing failures. I love your positivity and seams like this group will get along just fine!
I have read and agree! I am looking forward to learning all you have to teach! I have done some sewing and quilting but most have been basics so this is going to be fun and exciting to learn more. I just want to thank you so much for this opportunity to work with you online and taking the time to teach more useful skills. Sewing we will go and look forward to it!
Really excited about this series! Thanks for this post – it’s definitely something I will have to keep referring to, lol, as I tend to be one of those perfectionists when I’m crafting. 😉
I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember. I’m not a seamstress or professional by any means but I do enjoy sewing for my friends and family whenever I can. I am always trying to improve my skills and look for projects that are fun and interesting. I am the mother of 2 and I find it so enjoyable to sew for my babies.
Both of my girls (ages 6 and almost 4) love to sit in my lap at my machine and “sew”. Santa brought my 6 year old her very own small sewing machine for Christmas. I came across your blog at the perfect time (yay Pinterest). My oldest and I are going on this journey together. I hope we both learn a thing or two about sewing and working together.
That’s very sweet! My toddler likes to climb on me and my machine while I sew. 🙂
Suzanne S. says
I agree……and I’m looking forward to getting started!
Hi am looking forward to this. I dabble in sewing but have yet to make anything more adventuresome than some pillows and dog beds. And who am I kidding? A dog bed is just a VERY BIG pillow! This is an awesome idea.
Very much looking forward to Monday. And that pledge is so totally what I need right now. Not just for sewing but also for my writing (fledgling writer over here). Bookmarking this post.
True-it’s good to keep in mind for anything we do.
I’m so excited to give this a try! I cannot wait to begin. 🙂 Love this pledge.
Amber S says
Already made (and taken apart) a few things since getting my machine last month. Loving it so far. Can’t wait to take part in this adventure.
I am very excited to have found your class, and just in time! Thank you, so very much, for taking your time to compile this. I have been counting down the days and I can’t hardly wait!
Hey, art is not supposed to be perfect. I figure sewing is an art form that is also useful.
I am excited to start the class tomorrow and learn this stuff. The supplies for the first two projects are ready to go and so am I. 🙂
I learned to “sew” in the 7th grade too. I just recently became a stay at home mom and bought a sewing machine a couple months ago and now I all I can think about is sewing! It keeps me up some nights. I started selling my items on Etsy and to friends and family as gifts they needed to give. I’m thinking of starting a blog. You have awesome ideas and I can’t wait to learn from someone other than myself. (I have two seam rippers as well and they both get used quite frequently) :o)
I can’t wait too for Monday, I have to work but I will catch up with you (hopefully) on Tuesday cause I really need this help. Thank you again so much for doing this. I have been MIA the past 2 weeks with out of the country company staying with me but I am back now and my sewing machine is calling me 🙂
I am so ready! I have already sewn a variety of projects in the past, but I am so looking forward to learning some fabulous new things from you! I already have almost all the supplies ready and set to go. I think I’ve even picked out my final project already. It’s something that I got the supplied for, and then kind chickened out and use the excuse that I had other things that needed to get done. Thank you again for providing this wonderful opportunity for us!
I’m looking forward to taking your class. I purchased a new machine as a Christmas present to myself so I’m very excited about sewing again. Thanks for the classes…
I have been sewing for a while, but am still very excited about following along. I have a blog also and have had a couple people ask me about more sewing tutorials for beginners. I don’t yet have the confidence to do that, so I will be referring them here. I will also be sharing your series on my Facebook page each week if that is ok?
Most definitely! Thanks so much!
I’m looking forward to Monday!!!! Thanks Amber!!!
Jessica graziano says
Amber dont worry!! No one here will ever judge you. I know i myself am very grateful that you are taking the time and effort to teach us. You will be amazing. I cant waitto learn new stuff. thank you so much for all you do and share with us!!!
Cindy @Straddling the Gap says
I’m in – so excited!
So excited to get started. This has given me some inspiration to take out my sewing machine that has been put away for 5 years. Thank you for doing this.
Amber, you can’t begin to know what a wonderful opportunity you are offering to those of us who have always desired, but never acquired this amazing skill. Your offering of time in teaching these tutorials step by step online is so very generous. Thank you for posting the pledge…I am taking it to heart! I just returned from purchasing the cloth diapers at Target and the fat quarters at JoAnn’s and I will wait for your next post. Thank you again!!
That’s so sweet of you! Thanks for making me feel good.
Looking forward to this! I’ve been wishing and wanting something like this for a long time. Thank you for doing this.
thanks for having me I can sew a little but dying to see what ya got…Hugs Libby
So glad to read this post!! I too am a “seamstress.” Learned during my 10th grade school year. Some sweet ladies at my church decided to give a sewing class that lasted only a few months. I took it and fell in love. My hubby has often tried to get me to start selling things I’ve made, blog about what i sew but i’ve always said no because what I create is never “good enough”. I’m always afraid that the imperfections in my creations keep me from being able to showcase anything…you know like all of that great stuff that those other great crafters blog about.
I commend you for desiring to share what you know with others…and being honest about the imperfections (although your stuff looks great!!!!)
The beauty of a blog though is that no one sees your flaws. 🙂 You should do it. I am in love with blogging.
I’m so excited about this! Thank you for undertaking this amazing project! I’ve been sewing basic block quilts for 10 years now and I’m no where near perfect! I’m looking forward to learning more so I can move forward with what I can do!
Melissa hurdle says
Excited and nervous about this! I accept the pledge! 🙂
I do. I’m so excited to start this series!
I am excited! I got a new sewing machine for Christmas and I am ready to get started.
Sacha Visscher says
Thank you for being so honest. That helps a lot. Because I’m a little nervous. But I will try not to give up and think that practises makes perfect.
Just got my first sewing machine for Christmas. I am such a newbie, but super excited! Thanks for your encouragement!
Shelley D. says
I am looking forward to Monday. So excited!!!!
Love it! Thanks, Amber!!!
Lisa Denny Hart says
Yay…. We start soon cant wait….. only two more days… My very first sewing project every!!! Im sure its gonna be hard but i will keep at it… 🙂
Deb leader says
Just as we promise to not be hard on ourselves, I hope you will do the same. Your worries about teaching are unfounded. You are an amazing teacher and we are all grateful that you are willing to take us on this journey. I have my “do not disturb sign” and stitch ripper already in hand and am ready to go.
Deal. Love that you have a do not disturb sign ready. 🙂
PAuline Gudas says
This will be fun! I make quilkts and other crafty stuff for myself and as gifts. There is a lot for me to learn I am self taught and I am sure that there are easier and better ways to do things. I used to sew a lot of my own clothes as a teenager and young adult but would have to have my mom do the zippers and I never made a buttonhole that was very good. The most important thing is to learn and to have a little fun Thanks for doing this
I’m so excited to learn! Thank you for doing thsi to help out us newbies. You are much appreciated.
We just want to enjoy learning with you, and don’t expect to reach perfection. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and your time 🙂
I think this is a pretty positive group and you’ve cultivated a friendly and helpful atmosphere. I can’t wait! Thank you for doing this. 😀
I believe you will a great teacher, because you teaching something that you love doing. I can’t wait for Monday.
Audra @ Renewed Projects says
lol I love the pledge. BTW, I have TWO seam rippers…yep, they get used A LOT! Looking forward to Monday!
Three seam rippers…..
I have joined you sewing group, I am a sewer of more than 50yrs and am quite experienced at it, making clothing for myself, my children, grands and 3 wedding parties for my kids. I joined to work along with my 7 year old grand daughter. I thought this was a fun way of us working together. What you have stated in your above note needs to be read and believed by so many sewers. Try your best and every day you do this you will get better and better. Don’t be afraid to try something new, it’s most likely easier than you think it is. Kudos to you for taking on this task and I look forward to working along with Victoria as you procgress thru it.
I know, I just really want to emphasize that the whole series. Don’t give up. Don’t demand perfection from yourself. Just have fun!
I agree. This is a learning process and we are all in this together.
Looking forward to learning some new things…have recently taken it up….