Having a hobby is important. It gives you a release of stress and can provide opportunities for socializing and meeting new people. Embroidery sewing is a fun hobby to try for a number of reasons. It translates well into skills with mending and darning clothing, which can save a lot of money on a favorite dress. It also means you will always have a gift ready for birthdays, the holidays, retirement parties, baby showers and anything else you might think of. Hand made gifts always go over well, and embroidery is a fun and inexpensive way to make them.
If you are like most people, picking out the perfect gift can be a nightmare. Handing out generic coffee mugs and picture frames at a holiday function can feel humiliating for those of us without much creativity in the gift department. This is why picking up a gift making hobby is so useful. Personalized, home made gifts are touching in a way that something you picked up from target can never be. By learning to sew, you will be investing in becoming the best gift giver on the block.
Embroidery can seem difficult and scary at first, especially when you watch a pro. Many of us have memories of grandmothers who could stitch without looking at a blinding speed, all without ever pricking a finger. This takes years of practice, but you do not have to start out that way! Like any hobby, learning to sew takes some practice but very quickly, you will start being impressed with your work and you will just keep getting better.
There are two major ways to embroider, each with their own advantages and disadvantages.
For the patient who enjoy working with their hands, embroidering by hand is the way to go. While machine crafted items can be made much faster, they will not have the personal touch that hand embroidered items do. This is the way to go if you want to make a beautiful hand made blanket for your new niece or grandson. This is also a much easier way to get started since buying all the equipment for machine sewing can be more pricey than a set of needles.
However, if you want embroidery to become a side job, you will definitely want to learn how to use a machine to speed up your production. Machine embroidery maintains the home made quality of truly hand made items, but can take four or five times less time to create. This means that for someone selling on Etsy or Ebay, there really is no other way to go. The machine up front cost is expensive, but you will quickly pay it off with just a few home made items sold.
Whatever your motivations for learning a new hobby, embroidery sewing is a great choice. It is relaxing, fun, can help you meet people, and has physical results that you can show and give to people. Hand made gifts are perfect for any occasion and machine embroidered items can even turn a modest profit. Try your hand at embroidery today!