“Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.” – Rachel Zoe
Singer sewing machines are doing well. In recent years, the brand has seen an increase in sales thanks to more people getting into arts and crafts and wanting to learn a new skill.
Not that many people know how to use a sewing machine, do stitches, or even thread a needle. That’s why more and more people are deciding to get sewing tutorials and learn more about embroidery, customising clothes, knitting, and sewing, of course. It’s always easier to find work in growing industries as there are more job openings.
If you’re fashion designer, why not offer your services to the newbies wanting to make their own clothes, sew on a button, fix the hole in their jeans, or look for sewing jobs in schools and colleges?
If you’re stitching clothes full time in a warehouse or factory, why not look for a job posting, change your career, and start networking so that you can find jobs in haute couture?
Before you start your job search, make sure that you’re skilled and qualified!
In this article, we’re going to show you what a recruiter might be searching for and how you can improve your career with work at a fashion school or how to get a new job doing what you love!
Firstly, you won’t become a millionaire by teaching classes in a sewing group or doing random jobs stitching up a garment for your friends. These are the kinds of jobs that you’ll often do as a volunteer or a salary near the minimum wage since sewing circles are rarely multinationals!
You should probably get some buttons if you’re going to teach people how to sew. (Source: _Alicja_)
On the other hand, there are a lot of advantages to choosing to teach this way:
If you’re looking for a sewing group, you just need to do a few quick web searches. You’ll probably find that there are more sewing groups near you than you first thought.
If there isn’t one nearby, you could also create your own as long as there’s the demand for it. It’s easier than you think. There are a few administrative tasks to wrap your head around. Then you can start teaching sewing to the members of your group.
To command a better salary, sewing tutors should look at teaching in professional schools. Whether it’s teaching younger students the basics of sewing with patterns, sewing on buttons, or threading needles, you’ll need to have the right qualifications and experience if you want to be the best candidate.
If you can sew, you can make your own wardrobe. (Source: ArtsyBee)
There are a few ways to do this:
Generally, experience counts a lot when an employer considers hiring talent. The recruitment process is more thorough for an applicant than it would be for someone looking for a temporary summer job in a haberdashery, of course!
When universities and fashion schools are recruiting, they’ll only consider interviewing people with the right qualifications and experience. Unfortunately, this means you’ll have to be willing to complete a degree in something like fashion and design before you start applying to these competitive positions.
The salary is usually higher at fashion schools than in a college or a school. If you don’t have many hours of teaching, you can always make your own basic sewing creations (cushion covers, dungarees, tunics, etc.) to supplement your income.
Why not offer private sewing tutorials to beginners or aspiring stylists who want to improve?
Whether you want to teach them how to sew, making hems, or patching up damaged clothes, there are a few things you need to take into account.
If you want to teach people how to sew, you should probably know a thing or two about fashion. (Source: Free-Photos)
You’ll need decent material: thread, zips, fusible interlining, and other sewing accessories. There are plenty of sites where you can buy fabric. Make sure that you also keep the offcuts too as they’re useful when teaching people how to use a sewing machine.
A sewing machine is an important investment for anyone learning how to sew. While you can loan one to students during their classes, it’s better for the student to buy their own.
Your classes should also be fun and enjoyable so that you start getting a reputation as a great tutor. Word of mouth is great for getting new sewing students.
Private sewing tutorials are usually one-on-one classes but you can also offer group classes. There are several topics you can cover, too:
A sewing tutorial should generally last between 2 and 3 hours. It’s difficult to get anything done in less than two hours and it’s often not worth the travelling, either. However, you’ll still probably be paid hourly.
When it comes to rates, private sewing tutorials range anywhere between £15 and £50 per hour. Of course, you can increase your rates if you provide materials or have to travel a long distance to get to your students.
Let word of mouth do its thing by telling friends and families that you’re offering tutorials and use social media. Unlike working at schools, you don’t need to worry about applying for jobs.
You can also use Superprof to offer your private tutorials: there are plenty of sewing tutors already teaching private sewing tutorials thanks to the platform.
There are plenty of advantages to teaching sewing online:
You won’t need a film crew to do video tutorials! (Source: manseok)
However, be careful because you need a great internet connection in order to offer this service. A band connection will make things harder to understand, more mistakes, and you’ll run the risk of getting a bad reputation.
Test your webcam to make sure that the lighting is good and that you can see what you’re doing. You’ll need to make sure that the sound quality is also good.
It can be more difficult to create a bond since you’re not face-to-face. Create a friendly environment and a genuine bond with your students.
If you want a potential student to hire you, it helps to include the right keywords in your profile. A student searching for sewing tutorials won’t find you if you haven’t mentioned sewing anywhere in your profile.
It’s not always fun looking for jobs so make sure to set up a job alert on jobs websites. This means that whenever there are new online tutoring jobs in your field, the website alerts you via an email or a notification. You can set up these alerts according to particular online job searches, a certain keyword or job title, an internship or seasonal or permanent jobs, or just any new jobs that meet a certain criteria.
There’s a lot of terminologies when it comes to teaching sewing tutorials.
This is a type of sewing machine that cuts and makes an overlock stitch as it does. It’s pretty useful.
When we task about haberdashery, we’re referring to all the materials and items used in sewing such as thread, buttons, etc.
Any job seeker can become a home sewing tutor if they’ve got the right skills; they just need to keep an eye open for job opportunities and vacancies, be a diligent worker and good sewer, be good at advertising their tutorials, and, one of the most important things when entering the world of private tutorials, be good with people.