Over the years, I’ve been to a lot of sewing meet ups of all shapes and sizes…
Whenever I meet someone new, they always tell me how nervous they are to join a bunch of sewing pals they’ve only previously known off the Internet.
I know, it is kind of odd when you say it like that. Except it’s not. It’s totally natural – or that’s quickly how it feels!
So for all the nervous newbies out there, I thought I’d share my Top Five Tips for tackling first-time sewing meet up anxiety.
Find The Organiser
Make a beeline for the person organising the event. They shall give you a friendly hello, explain the shape of the day, introduce you to people and ensure that you don’t feel left out. That’s their job!
Use Your Ice Breaker
There’s a really obvious ice breaker at sewing meet ups. We all love sewing! And the person you’re talking to likely made their outfit. Ask them about it. I promise that in ten minutes flat, the two of you shall be sharing web links on your phones.
You’re In Control
You get to choose how long you stay for and when you slope off. Stay as long as you’re comfortable with and when you hit peak sewing chat exhaustion (it’s a thing – apparently) you can always wave goodbye and head for your sofa. You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to. Reminding yourself of that is a great way of calming down.
Go With A Friend
Invite someone to go with you – your wing man or woman. I recently read a high-powered literary agent recommend this for walking into publisher parties. See, we all need a pal to ease ourselves in. Just don’t abandon them once you’ve loosened up. Ain’t nothing worse than that.
Remember, We All Feel The Same Way
It’s not just you. Last weekend, I caught a train to Birmingham for #sewbrum. I was travelling solo – nay problem. Do that all the time. Nothing to worry about here. But as I strolled towards the meeting point, I could hear the buzz of excited chatter. I suddenly felt a worm of anxiety in my tummy. What if no one liked me or talked to me? Needless to say, within five minutes of my arrival three separate people asked me where my dog was. Turns out people did want to talk to me. About my dog.
So, there you are! It really is that simple. I’ve never regretted attending a sewing meet up and I usually leave feeling much happier about the world and myself, full of ideas and inspiration. Meeting people from other walks of life is so important, plus meet ups give you the perfect excuse to buy fabric and patterns.
Seriously. You’re already waiting? Get out there and have fun!