7 tips to progress when you already have a good level in sewing



You already have a Good level in sewing ?

Over time and over the Couture projects, you have acquired the basic skills of the seam.

You were even able to sew several successful sewing projects!

Whether it's clothing or even accessories, type textile leather goods; Like small bags, kits or even backpacks.

From now on, You want to go further and improve your sewing skills.

And that's quite normal!

You know that you can improve and go further, to sew projects at Really impeccable finishes.

Only here: if the Internet is full of advice for beginners in sewing, there are few who are aimed at people who are no longer beginners but who want to progress in sewing and learn more.

If you are in this case, stay here, this article should please you and interest you!

We detail you 7 tips to progress in sewing Even if you have already acquired a good level and even if you have already sewn several clothes!


7 tips to progress in sewing

Here is a non -exhaustive list of advice to help you improve your sewing projects.

We also give you through this article tracks to allow you to find online or home sewing lessons and answers to your questions!

If you have learned to sew in self -taught, you know how much responses can take time.

Especially when we have a very specific sewing project in mind but we miss the technical skills to achieve it.

It can be very frustrating!

I only know it too well!

Rest assured, with Patience, determination and passion, everything is possible !


  1. To progress in sewing, get out of your comfort zone and dare to sew tissues + techniques!


As we know, when we start sewing, we are often advised to sew tissues fairly easy to sew, such as the Popeline of Baumwolle.

Besides, if you are in this case and you have trouble choosing your first fabrics for your first sewing projects, we wrote an article on this subject, which you can find here: What fabrics to choose to start sewing? 7 Easy -to -sew fabric ideas accompanied by couture advice and inspirations to get started! 

But once we completely master these fabrics which have a pleasant outfit and which are easier to sew, it's time to get out of your comfort zone.

And maybe that’s the secret to progress in sewing: getting out of your comfort zone.

Because if we always confine ourselves to the same fabrics, we do not learn new techniques which are often inherent in the material used, we do not challenge each other and, inevitably, we stagnate.

If your desire is that of progressing in sewing, then challenge yourself and dare tackle To so -called more technical fabrics!

Dare to opt for a silk or a viscose If you are not used to fleeting fabrics yet.

Test materials at transparency games, such as lace, of the muslin, and complicate the project using liners.

You can also go on thicker fabrics, such as denims, which will allow you to learn to tame the thicknesses to your sewing machine.

Start with small projects and then get started on real big projects in these fabrics that seem more difficult to sew at first.

There is no secret: to progress, you have to put your hands in the sludge 😊


2. Challenge with sewing projects and sewing patterns that seem + complex!


In the same vein as the choice of fabrics, when we start sewing, we often tend to sew projects rather easy to carry out.

And, even if often the simplest projects are those that we most easily carry on a daily basis, if we do not force ourselves to take such a pattern which has an invisible zipper, a piped pocket, a fly, a tailor collar ...

So we may never progress.

So breathe a good blow and go for it!

Choose a level sewing pattern that seems to you higher in yours.

If you are afraid of sewing pants with fly, you have to choose a sewing pattern that has a fly.

This will force you to break this psychological barrier on the one hand (because it is often believed that it is more complicated than it is in reality) and to progress on the other hand, because, as the said adage, it is not that by forging that one becomes a blacksmith !

We advise you to choose a sewing pattern that is accompanied by a video that details the entire assembly of the project, at first.

This will help you to understand the sewing technique that you want to learn and master.


3. To progress in sewing ... you have to practice sewing and take in your time


This is undoubtedly one of the couture tips that you already apply!

That is to say that to progress in sewing, you really have to practice, practice and still practice.

Over the months and years, our seams become clearer, more precise and our more confident, happier gestures.

Then we are often tempted to sew faster.

We are so pressed to see the finished sewing project that we can neglect certain steps.

However, if we are really with a view to wanting to progress in sewing, it is necessary to sew better.

No sewing less (because you have to practice as mentioned above) but really to sew better.

That is to say to take your time to care for seams, finishes.

Do not hesitate to come out When there is a false fold or a seam that does not suit you.

Take the time to adjust and adjust your sewing machine depending on the project.

Choose the most suitable needles.

Return well at each stage.

Choose the right thermocollant.

When you force yourself to understand everything in your sewing project, even if it is a sewing project with simple assembly, you are really progressing.

And when we have succeeded The project with finishes worthy of haute couture, you feel so proud or proud of yourself!

Is not it ?

Of course to counterbalance and to keep a little of this passion and this sewing frenzy, you can, from time to time, to grant you quickly made, well done, well done😊

But really, if you want to progress, take your time to do things well and treat your finishes well.


4. Learn to create your own patterns!


Progressing in sewing is progressing on the technical level of course.

And by choosing sewing patterns that seem to you to be higher than yours, you will undeniably progress!

But progressing in sewing can also mean creating your own models.

Learn to measure your body and create absolutely tailor-made clothes, as you imagine them and as they go to you, depending on your tastes and your morphology.

Acquiring model skills makes a lot of amateur seamstresses and designers dream.

We often tend to think that it is an inaccessible discipline.

It is not.

You have to learn, work, make mistakes, sew, start again, test, refine.

It is a long process, which takes time, but which is not inaccessible.

And you may want to sew your own patterns without necessarily wanting to create a brand!

Just for the kiff to create your clothes to you, without depending on any sewing pattern whether it is a brand known as Burda or Vogue or even a brand of independent bosses.

But you want to progress in sewing to sew your job, do not hesitate to consult our dedicated blog article here : Become a professional seamstress: 8 trades ideas for passionate sewing


 5. Take sewing lessons


Many and many amateur seamstresses (even professionals) who have learned to sew by themselves and themselves in self-taught.

In particular since the first confinement (which instilled the passion for sewing to a lot and for a long time😊 )

In fact, when we learned to sew thanks to YouTube, we finally rarely took real sewing lessons.

However, it can really help progress quickly.

On the one hand, because we benefit from the accompaniment of the sewing teacher, on the second part because we force ourselves to one appointment per week for example, that we dedicate to his progress in sewing.

Regularity + follow -up; There is nothing better to progress!

There are many sewing workshops in France which will allow you to take lessons in physics but there are also many online training with follow -up.

Among the sewing teachers of the Couture community, you can consult the site ofArtesane which is full of extremely well built sewing lessons or even independent sewing teachers like Betty Jeane , to name just one!

You can learn and progress on technical points in sewing but also in modelism to learn how to create your own patterns!

The important thing is to choose a sewing teacher and a sewing lesson with a person you appreciate and with whom the contact will go well, in order to to learn gently and with pleasure 😊


6. Make canvases!

Yes-yes, as we know, very often, we are lazy to make canvases!

We want to go to the sewing project directly, without going through this stage that we often judge tedious.

However, it guarantees a much better finished sewing project.

You can, by making a canvas:

  • Confirm that you have chosen the right pattern size on the grid of the measurement table
  • Confirm that the model suits you and is suitable for your morphology
  • Adapt the boss according to the elements previously mentioned
  • Sew the different technical points for the first time and identify the difficulties before going to the final project
  • Understand the full assembly of the garment for the first time to better anticipate each sewing step on the final project

Make a canvas, in particular for more complex and more attentive projects, will allow you to progress in sewing and better successful your sewing projects.


7. Cut several times… the same model!


That's it, you did it!

You have managed to sew a beautiful jeans with fly, by yourself!

And you are rather satisfied with the finishes!

It's awesome !

But it’s not like bike or skiing.

If you don't reiterate the experience regularly, then you will forget.

In order to completely control the assembly of the garment and the sewing techniques that are linked to it, it must be sewed several times!

This will allow you both to "secure" your new sewing skills and to master them completely but also to see your progress!

Indeed, if you sew 3.4 times the same model (with a different fabric of course, just to diversify your wardrobe), then you will be able to see that the 4th version will be much better finished and successful than the first version.

You completely integrate the assembly technique of this garment by sewing it many times!

Do it on a model that you like, of course!


7 tips to progress in sewing when you are no longer a beginner, the word of the end 😊

We hope that these 7 tips will allow you to make the right decisions to force you to progress in sewing.

Because, what can be remembered from all of these tips is that to improve your level in sewing, you have to dare:

  • Get out of your comfort zone (by choosing more technical fabrics than those used to sew or by choosing more complex patterns)
  • Practice, exercise, taking the time to do well

We could add as advice from:

  • Make study parts (such as when you pass a sewing course for example), to allow you to exercise many techniques, such as the gear slit, the peasant pocket, for example
  • Choose good quality fabrics (in general when you choose a beautiful fabric, which cost us more than those we are used to sewing for fear of not sewing it or missing your sewing project, We treat his finishes much better and we take the time to successfully succeed in his project, which undeniably makes progress in sewing).

You can Consult our haute couture fabric offers If you want to challenge yourself and take inspiration from sewing projects to progress!

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Good seam and see you soon!


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29 March, 2023

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