Top Five Tips For Sewing Meet Up Nerves

Over the years, I’ve been to a lot of sewing meet ups of all shapes and sizes…

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Sewing Meet Up One

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!

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15 Responses to Top Five Tips For Sewing Meet Up Nerves

  1. Beth Duffus says:

    That’s Edinburgh! My home turf. I believe you are in Walthamstow so I hope you enjoyed your trip north.

  2. My home turf too except now I am in expat living in the Deep South (of England). 🙂
    Also hope that you had a good time and that the weather was kind. Edinburgh can be truly bitter in the winter time. I have never been to a sewing meet up but would love to go to one. I always seem to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. They do seem terrifying though for all the that reasons you mentioned above, although I have met a couple of bloggers now and they were fabulous in “real life”. Xx

  3. Thanks so much for this! I’m going to my first sewing “meet up” tomorrow and was feeling weird that I was getting nervous. It makes me feel better to know I’m not alone!

  4. Alison G says:

    I saw you in Goldhawk Road a few weeks back and wanted to say hi but thought you would think I was some sort of nutter!

  5. Julia Droy says:

    Thank you for the tips, I’ve never had the courage to go to a meet up but I’ll certainly give one a go.

  6. kerrie@sewlikemerl says:

    Great post thanks Karen. Where can I find these sewing meet ups? I’m coming over to the UK from Australia for a couple of months, staying with family and the thought of no sewing for two months – has me (and my family) seriously worried! I’m on the look out for workshops but a meet up would be great!

    • didyoumakethat says:

      If you join The Foldline they have a forum for local groups and meeting up with people. I also watch social media for announcements of meet ups.

  7. Kathy says:

    Well, Ella is a celebrity now, and we all love her, so everyone wants to talk about her!!

  8. Gill Troup says:

    Like Kerrie, I’d love to go to a sewing meet up but don’t know where there is one! I’ve just moved to Barnet in North London – anyone out there who wants to meet and talk sewing?

  9. Debi says:

    awwww,,,,I remember the Crafters Ceilidh meetup in Edinburgh with great pleasure…perhaps we should plan another one in 2018….perhaps a warmer month than January! hahahaha!

  10. Colesworth says:

    I did a meet up in melbourne last month (I’m from Brisbane). After a delicious lunch, Dior exhibition, drink in a noisy bar and dinner in a very noisy bar I had complete sensory overload and the beginnings of a migraine! Had to skip the post dinner bar. I’m often an organiser for Brisbane things and I like to greet at the door for our bigger meet ups (40+ for high tea and frocktails) with name stickers ;o)

  11. Heather says:

    Karen, I went to see TMOS on Thursday and told him I was sent by you! I bought lovely Prince of Wales check wool, plus £70 worth of other fabrics that could not be left behind. Many thanks for the tip, he is outside Lloyds Bank on a Thursday.

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