During the pandemic, more and more people have been looking for a hobby that they can start learning at home, and many have chosen sewing to be that hobby.

It makes sense... to start learning how to hand-sew you just need to get a few materials delivered like a needle, thread and fabric plus a good internet connection.

Many might be surprised at how fun and fulfilling this ancient craft can be. Not only can you learn techniques that are useful in life, but you can also look at the world through a more creative lens.

Your old bedspread could be the perfect fabric to make a new set of curtains or a tote bag. There are just so many personal projects that sewists can try!

If you love DIY and you want to create interesting garments that also reduce your personal impact on the environment, then sewing could be a great choice for you.

No matter who you are, it's simple to master the basic techniques you need to start sewing by hand or with a machine. All it takes is a little bit of patience and a lot of passion!

For those in Brisbane who want to have a more personalised learning experience, there are plenty of opportunities to improve, from a weekend workshop, a DIY event or an official sewing course at a school.

From the Gold Coast to Brisbane, it's easy to find a teacher or course that will help you reach your personal sewing goals.

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5 Benefits of Taking a Sewing Course

If you're still not convinced that sewing could be the perfect hobby for you, here are 5 reasons that will convince you for sure...

1. Learn Skills That are Creative and Useful

Let's start with a key motivation: the skills they'll learn. Up until not so long ago, when clothing was broken, most people knew how to do something to fix it.

As new generations started to lose the ability to sew, holes in our socks and broken zippers became reasons to simply throw out clothes. But what if it's a piece that you really love or an heirloom?

Knowing the techniques to be able to fix clothes by hand can leave us with a sense of fulfilment and pride. It also means we don't need to pay anyone for something that can easily be done at home.

Get creative with your left over fabric
Whether you want to start a label or just be able to fix your own garments, it's never a bad idea to try a sewing class. | Photo Credit: Volha Flaxeco- Unsplash

Students can start with basic things from pinning fabric to straight stitches and, once they have experience, move on to more difficult things like overlocking.

The practical skills you can learn using sewing machines are great, but the end result is even better: you'll be able to be creative with materials.

As we mentioned before, any piece of fabric can be turned from one thing into another, with just a little imagination and creativity and these personal DIY activities will be fulfilling and exciting.

And who knows... one day that creativity in design could lead to having your own personal clothing label with a store in every major city of Qld!

2. Less Daily Screen Time

We would probably all like to spend less time in front of our screens right? No matter what activity we're doing, from shopping to studying to cooking, there always seems to be a screen involved.

Most sewing students don't have the goal we mentioned of having their own personal clothing label, but just want to do something that doesn't involve their phone.

This is another great reason to have a look into sewing courses in your area. Working on your technique is so much easier when you have a real teacher in the room, with no distractions.

For parents who want their kids to get into a hobby that doesn't involve technology, sewing is also a great choice. There are plenty of sewing materials made especially for kids like these sewing kits.

3. A Calming Activity

Once beginners have been sitting in front of their machines for hours during their lessons, they'll realise just how therapeutic an experience sewing can be.

Whether classes are about basic setting on machines, creating complete garments or types of embroidery, students will be repeating the same action for a long period of time, having to concentrate the whole time.

We usually sit in silence and avoid the distractions that things like kids or phones can bring. In this way, sewing lessons can become a lot like meditation.

It's a moment in time where we're totally focused on the present moment and what we're trying to produce or achieve. At the end of lessons, people find that, while they might be tired, they're also calmer.

Taking those few hours every week to yourself can not only help to clear your mind but also to affect people around you in a positive way.

Try embroidery as well as sewing!
Taking a class in a craft like an embroidery can be a moment of calm in your day. | Photo Credit: Gio Gix- Unsplash

4. Get Out of the Fast Fashion Cycle

As it has been for thousands of years, today it's important to stay connected with the latest trends. The difference is that today, with a quick online search and the click of a button, we can have countless garments delivered directly to us.

This attitude to fashion and clothing means that clothes have become disposable. We all know that fast fashion has an extremely negative impact both on the environment and workers in its supply chain.

By taking a sewing course or workshop, you're also taking steps towards getting out of this mentality, by learning how to mend and upcycle.

If there's a hole in a piece of clothing, you can fix it. If you know how long it takes to complete a basic T-Shirt, you can better understand why paying $5 can't be fair for workers.

Using your own machine and thread, you can upcycle pieces of fabric lying around to make interesting clothes and products that don't impact our environment.

5. Get Creative with Gift-Giving

When events like birthdays and Christmas come around, it's easy to go into a store, find something from a great label and buy it for your friends or family.

They appreciate it, sure, but imagine if, instead, you could bring them a tote bag with their name in embroidery or any other object of your own design.

If you've ever received a hand-made gift, you know that it usually is so much more exciting and touching, because you can see the time that went into it and that others can't simply buy it at a store.

There are plenty of DIY gift ideas online, as well as workshops and classes that can teach you how to make craft items perfect for any gift.

DIY can be lots of fun!
You can do a range of DIY activities with just a needle and some thread! | Photo Credit: Karly Santiago- Unsplash

Finding the Best Sewing Course for you in Brisbane!

Now that we've discussed why you should sit down at the machine and start sewing, we can look at where to find some of the best courses in Brisbane and QLD.

Here's a list of some of our favourites:

  • TAFE QLDTaking classes at a TAFE can be interesting, because of the range of pathways you can take. Starting with beginner and intermediate classes, students can eventually move onto a more serious course, like a Diploma of Fashion Design and Technology. If you are keen to start your own label, this could be the path for you!
  • Sewing Workshop: The biggest benefit of this school is the range of class types they offer and the reputation of the founder, Ana Fataccioli. Ana has been teaching for decades and know what students are looking for. People even travel from places like the Gold Coast to study here. You can try a class like Pattern Making and Fitting or a one-off event like How to Use Your Overlocker.
  • Sewing Adventures: This school has a range of offerings, from short courses to special sewing events, like Sip and Sew workshops or their Pattern Drafter Creat project. The classes offered change each term as the seasons and teachers change, which keeps the timetable exciting and fresh!

There are plenty of other schools for beginners in the city as well, and a quick Google search can help you find them.

Before you commit to anything, consider things like your budget, location, schedule, level and, of course, interests and goals for your sewing.

Thinking about this before can make your search much less overwhelming.

And remember, if you can't find a class that suits you at TAFE QLD or with Ana, you can always check online for a private sewing teacher at Superprof.com!

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Giulietta

Giulietta is an English-language teacher currently working in Italy who loves fashion, history and finding the best restaurants in whichever city she finds herself in!