Sometimes you really pick up a skill when you begin teaching it. And this is what happened to Jesy Anderson from Needle, Ink, and Thread. She began teaching at her sewing studio nearly 13 years ago and never looked back. She not only hosts classes but has an online shop and a blog with a bunch of tutorials. She also offers alternations and other services. This is a unique example of someone who really enjoys her craft and wants to inspire the next generation of sewers (she teaches students as young as 7 years old)!

How I started to teach sewing:

1. How many years have you been sewing?

I have been sewing since 2010, so 9 years now. Started learning through websites and blogs, lots of trial and error. When I started teaching others to sew is really when I started to learn a lot more and became more confident.


2. What’s your favorite sewing pattern/technique?

My favorite sewing pattern would have to be the Washi Dress by Made by Rae, and the shirring in the dress. The pattern really is easy to follow and fits great on all body types!

Original Washi Dress Sewing Pattern by Made By Rae

3. What is your favorite project that you’ve ever done?

My favorite project so far that I have done was a quilt for a client from their dog’s old bandana’s, their doggie passed away and we made a quilt for them out of the bandanas from the groomers.

4. Which project are you most proud of?

I am most proud of being published in a book. My tooth fairy pillow project was published in Lucky Spool Media’s Book, 50 Little Gifts!

50 Little Gifts by Susanne Woods Cover Image

5. What is the greatest tip that you could give a beginner to learn sewing?

The biggest tip, take it slow, don’t get mad at yourself for the things you think you should be able to do, your learning something new and it’s going to be challenging but practice makes better, the more you put in the more you will get out of it. Also, reach out to a studio for classes if you want to up your skills or learn faster!

fox pattern shirt

6. What is the hardest thing about sewing?

The hardest thing about sewing really is patience, giving yourself time to absorb and follow a pattern or process. We have a society of instant gratification, and sewing is something that you do see results quickly but it might not look how you want right away. There is a curve but if you put time and effort into the processes your journey will be fun and exciting.

Want to read more about quilting? Check out our interviews with Stephanie from Swoodson Says and with Tami Meyer. And if you’re interested in starting your own sewing hobby head over to our interview with Wendy Gratz, you’re going to love it.