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Video: How I use deliberate practise to improve my sewing skills

New video is up! In which I fess up on the part of my sewing life that makes me the most self conscious – that I’m still prone to make very random sewing mistakes even though I invested 30+ years into this craft. As I talked about in my blog post Seven mistakes I made a as a beginner sewist I’ve been prone to make the same mistakes over and over, and not really learning from the experience. Also I feel that some of my technical skills could be better, especially considering the amount of sewing experience that I have. So earlier this year I decided to try a more mindful approach to sewing, inspired by the book The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle and in particular the bits about deliberate practise which is based on the studies of scientist Anders Eriksson. So in this video I talk all about how I’m applying deliberate practise to my sewing to improve my skills and what I’ve learned to so far.


  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    November 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    I ordered the Talent Code b/c so many things you said in this video made perfect sense to me. I’m 62 this month and since I’m a returned sewer (after 40 years away from it!) I have noticed some amazing (and wonderful) changes to my brain function. My memory (which had always been excellent) has bounced back – maybe not to what it used to be 🙂 but certainly it’s improved and my ability to focus – read directions and follow them. Be more mindful – all of this has improved with sewing. I noticed that most older sewers (in their 70’s and 80’s) are brighter, aware and focused overall than their peers. So sewing is good for the brain! But I think adding more mental discipline to our lives and combining it with a sewing practice will keep our brain in better condition. I think brain gym is as important as exercising our bodies as we age and I do both daily 🙂 Thank you again for your great postings Johanna.

    • Johanna
      November 14, 2016 at 6:32 pm

      That’s so interesting to hear about sewing and the brain! It does make sense though, I’ve read that keeping your brain engaged and learning new stuff is great to starve off the decline in brain function. And as sewists we have to learn new stuff all the time, unless we make the same exact garment over and over. Which I don’t think many of us could handle, we would get so bored!

  • Kay
    December 12, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    Johanna, This video is what introduced me to deliberate practice and I’ve been reading about it ever since. Thank you so much for this! I’m deliberately practicing a few skills right now and cant thank you enough.

    • Johanna
      December 12, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Oh that makes me so happy to hear! I talk about this stuff because I have a hunch that I can’t be the only one who are thinking about this stuff and wonder what is needed to improve the skills. I find this subject so fascinating and it means a lot to hear that others find it interesting too!


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