When you look for a new hobby you tend to look at the obvious â€“ writing poetry, learning to play a musical instrument, going to the gym or maybe working towards a new qualification so that you can enhance your career prospects. However, there are numerous opportunities to let your creative juices flow â€“ even if you didn’t know you had any!
This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to become the next Leonardo da Vinci with a canvas and some paints, you can be creative in a number of other ways â€“ especially if you’re a fan of interior design. Home owners are always on the lookout for new and innovative additions to their property, whether it’s a piece of furniture or something to hang on the wall. Another option, however, is to get cracking with your own interior design projects, like quilting, where all you need are a few items including needles, crafty computer paper and scissors â€“ and some creativity!
The first thing you have to decide when you get into quilting is whether you want to do it by hand, or by machine. The reason this is such a big decision is that you’ll require different materials, such as needles, and projects will obviously take significantly longer by hand although you will get that authentic handmade feel that you can show all your guests.
If you’re getting into quilting for the first time, and you think that a machine is your best option, a key piece of advice would be to steer clear of a machine will all the gadgets and dials and opt for something that is just plain easy to use. This means that you can hone your skills with the machine and establish if quilting is for you, and if a machine is in fact your best option, before you spend hundreds on an all-singing all-dancing device. Think of it along the lines of your first pair of high heels or football boots â€“ you wouldn’t buy an expensive or elaborate pair until you were completely certain on what you’re looking for, and the same should be true with your sewing machine.
It’s probably also important at this stage to dispel any myths or stories that you may have heard about quilting and the sewing industry as a whole. Many believe that sewing is something that their grandparents did, a hobby that has â€œhad its dayâ€ and times have changed. However, back in 2009 sales of relatively inexpensive sewing machines reached 500% more than in previous years showing that it is very much alive and kicking.
Sewing is believed to be an expensive pastime â€“ at least by people who have never given it a go. They think you have to spend thousands on a machine, then hundreds on the materials and equipment you need to make your quilt. However, a lot of new sewers have been able to do perfectly good jobs with hand-me-down machines that have been in the loft or that they’ve purchased from second hand shops. Then, materials can be bought from markets â€“ it doesn’t need to be the highest quality, most expensive material when you’re just starting out in your sewing career.
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