How I improved my Sewing Skills.

If you are new to my blog, welcome here. This is the place I share my tips and ideas about sewing and business generally.

My name is Aderonke Olubanjo and I am the Principal Instructor of the leading fashion college in Oyo State Nigeria – Ibadancity Fashion College.

I also run a unisex and kids fashion label- Dgvstyles. You can search these 2 names on Facebook and Instagram to see more of what I do.

Today I want to share few tips that helped me improve my sewing. We all know sewing is an interesting and creative art, and it has its days. I personally this sewing thing has its own mood swings. Because how do you explain some days you want to sew all day and some days you just don’t feel like holding a scissors.

It happens to me too, now you know you are not the only one on this table.

In fairness, sewing has helped me a lot of times to calm myself, If you’d want to know, it is therapeutic except you are in a wrong profession. Then, I’ll say check within and find your passion.

Let’s dive in.

So what are the tips I have to share today.

1. Sewing has to do with you, all of you. If a project is boring, you are likely to waste a lot of time doing it. I have seen this happen over time. Which made me select my specialty areas from the beginning of my sewing career.

If it doesn’t thrill you, you may get to dump the project or be very slow on it. So, watch out for boring projects, dull colors that make you bored. Or doing the same thing for too long. Don’t abandon, just keep it aside. Pick an interesting and short project to give you a mood lift, then go back.

This tip works wonders. Whenever I’m dealing with one same color for too long, I often have ‘break projects’ , and i ensure its something I fancy. Could be as easy as scrunchies, bags, casual tops or anything to keep me ‘hyped.’

2. Another tip is – ALWAYS MARK THE WRONG SIDES. You don’t want to get to the middle of the project and realise you’ve mixed the patterns and sides up. This can be so frustrating, I tell you.

Mark the wrong sides and mark with Tailors Chalk ONLY. Any type available to you. It is unprofessional to mark with pens, please don’t do it.

Some fabrics have 2 sides that look so alike, always mark. And when sewing plain light colors , be careful. What I do is i use a light pencil to mark these kind of fabrics on the edges I know will go into the seams.

Some marks don’t go, so do not spoil your work with markings. Be careful and professional.

Last tip i will drop today is , don’t fight with your sewing machine. I always say this in the college, ” your sewing machine cannot talk, you can. So solve the issues and better still, avoid it by taking precautions”

Machine timing can go off. When it does, it starts sewing abnormally. This happens when you sew over needles, or the needle hits the throat plate wrongly further affecting the plate the feeddog or the bobbin case under.

When needle breaks on speed while sewing, it can also cause the timing to go off. So take cautions ⚠️.

This video below also has some very useful tips. Watch and drop your questions and comments there if you have any.

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feeds and tips from my desk as a fashion teacher, the principal instructor of the leading fashion school in ibadan, oyo state nigeria. i am fully commited to raising entrepreneurs and leaders through vocational education, skill acquisition and entreprenurial studies.

6 thoughts on “How I improved my Sewing Skills.

  1. This is really a good tip ma’am.
    Well I can actually relate with the fact that some projects can be uninteresting, and I get so scared trying to pull through, it goes as far as me overthinking how to maneuver, manipulate and give it a good ending, so I can just be done with it.
    Ma this is accurate, and so so helpful.
    Bless you Ma’am.

  2. Thank you for always sharing ma’am. I remember one day i was trying to create a style. I thought i was getting there until I realized i had made a mistake. I was so frustrated and did not know when i started to cry. I just left it and went to bed. The following day, i was determined to create that style. I brought out another fabric and i got it right. This goes to say that is is okay to take a rest when one is feeling frustrated. Thank you so much mama.

  3. points I got from the write up is
    1. Some colours can bore you out, so take a break if you’re getting bored over a project. Do something that elevates your mood in between like sewing something simple.
    2. Sewing is therapeutic that’s If you really have passion for it
    3. Find your specialty or area of specialization
    And can go on and on.
    Thank you mama for the free tips 👌👌👌

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