Video: Five mistakes I did as a beginner sewist

Sewing, so many things to learn and so many mistakes that can happen along the way! In this video, I share five beginner mistakes that I did when I first started sewing. Most of them were a result of me not doing the proper research, or thinking at all really! When I started the only sewing information available was in books plus I was one of those sewists that kinda just dived into sewing and then did the thinking and researching much later on. These days, it’s kinda hard to be this ignorant with the all the sewing info available at our fingertips. So I think my long learning process would have been considerably shorter if I had started sewing in the 2000s rather than in the 1980s.

Anyways, enjoy getting a good chuckle at my sewing ignorance and logical fallacies, and don’t hesitate to share your own mistakes in the comment section!

Blog posts mentioned in this video

Seven sewing mistakes I did as a beginner sewist

Sewing things that I should remember, but I just can’t


  • Kathy Zachry
    December 19, 2017 at 7:37 pm

    Hi, Johanna. Even after 50 years of sewing, I still have to remind myself to double and triple check that I have the correct garment sections pinned together. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sewn the right sleeve into the left armhole and vice versa. Just last week, I sewed both pants legs wrong side of the back to the right side of the fronts. I’d double-checked but the fabric was a deep plum ponte knit and I should have triple checked. So much for experience. I get in a hurry, I guess, or I’m thinking of something else while sewing. Happy holidays to you and your family from Arkansas in the USA. 🎄🎄🎄

    • Johanna
      December 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm

      Oh, I can so relate! I still do that too, so annoying! I think you are right, it happens when we are tired or just distracted. And perhaps being overly confident, since we have done this so many times before 🙂

  • madeleine
    December 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm

    Thinking my RTW size will translate straight across to any pattern brand…….it wont!

    • Johanna
      December 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm

      Hehe, yes that is a classic! Been there, done that 🙂

  • Adrianne
    December 19, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Great video Johanna! I’m always looking for a shortcut, but it always gets me in trouble. I just have to remind myself that I’m not as smart as I think I am!!

    • Johanna
      December 20, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Ah, yes, that is something I struggle with too. So tempting to just take a shot and see if we can skip something important. Well, we all know that ends up 😀

  • Christopher
    December 20, 2017 at 12:54 am

    I have only just recently started to befriend my iron. Talk about a difference… I still forget to mark on the pattern and the pieces where eg the zipper should go which comes back and bite if the detail should start a bit further in on one side or if it should have matching asymmetry

    • Johanna
      December 20, 2017 at 3:52 pm

      Agree, pressing is a key factor when it comes to both the process and end result. But I think we all have skimped on this, only to realize that this old wisdom about pressing is actually correct 🙂

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