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Sewing passion into performance: stitch yourself the perfect career

On Sewing Machine Day, Lena Burnett, Octopus Personnel Recruitment Consultant, explains how a hobby, such as sewing, can be the gateway to a great career.

Do you have something you LOVE to do?  Something that lights you up and makes your heart sing?  That is exactly how I feel about sewing!  It’s more than a hobby.  Many of the candidates I interview daily believe it would be fantastic for a hobby, such as sewing, to become the basis of their career.  But how difficult is it to translate a passion into a career, a hobby into a job?  Ask yourself the key question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this?

People who are very passionate about sewing know that it is a truly compelling hobby. There are so many captivating and enthralling things you can fall in love with when it comes to sewing –like beautiful fabrics, unique designs, exquisite buttons, and that extremely gratifying feeling of satisfaction when you gift your family and friends with something you designed and created yourself!  Homemade is the new chic and personalised is the new perfect!

Indeed, passionate crafters regularly fantasise about the number of beautiful things they can create with their sewing machines. So if you can transform your passion for sewing into something profitable, then you could be in the enviable position of doing something you love and earning money at the same time. Talk about having your cake and eating it too!

Sewing Careers

Sewing careers encompass many different kinds of production which involve fabric. Sewing professionals specifically focus on binding materials with needle and thread, while apparel workers turn cuts of fabric into clothing.  Tailors and dressmakers create custom clothing and do alterations. A lot of sewing careers are now in the manufacturing industry, where there is a much larger-scale kind of garment production and many technical aspects to the combination of machinery and IT with the skills and vision of sewing.

There are also sewing careers that focus on specific kinds of garments, such as glovers, hatters, shoemakers, quilters, corsetieres, and even parachute riggers or sailmakers.  Other people are embroiderers, adding finishing touches to already sewed products, or designers, creating many kinds of new products for the world to see and purchase.

Benefits of Sewing as a Career

Passionate sewers generally cannot wait to try new techniques and ideas.  If you are working for a company as an industrial machinist, you will be taught a wide range of new skills which you can master with their expert guidance and resources.

 Having sewing as a passion is brilliant because there is actually quite a high demand for your skills and working with companies who are willing to invest in developing your talent and creativity can benefit you both!  Taking pride in your work is one of the most frequently requested attributes of the candidates we supply to local manufacturing businesses – it benefits both of you!

As with any profession, to be taken seriously, you must first become a professional and show commitment to your own development. Having a special skill may not be enough to deem you an expert, so acquire the training necessary to become marketable. Take a night, weekend or online class while you’re in your current job, or a sabbatical to attend an intensive training or internship. As the saying goes, “The more you learn, the more you will earn.”  Remember to always present yourself as a professional and hard-working candidate, willing to learn and develop.  Be open to advice and criticism; other people’s insights may open your eyes to something new. No one can succeed alone.

What if I don’t want to pursue my passion as a career?

Whilst I am passionate about sewing, it isn’t my career.  Without wishing to sound too corny, I get as much pleasure from helping a candidate who comes in unsure of their skills and potential as I do from finding the potential in a piece of material.  I’ve found a job which maximises my day-to-day happiness, but still gives me time to pursue my hobbies and happiness.  This is so important because you’ll work most days in your life.  Seek out a role which fulfils you, you enjoy and allows you to lead a lifestyle which has space for your passions, your friends and time to relax – and funds your fantastic sewing room!

Have I convinced you?

If you are ready to explore a career change, a different role, or your work life balance, then come and register with Octopus Personnel.  We are experts at presenting our candidates to ensure the employer is able to see all the skills and experience, in business or through your own hobbies, which you are bringing to a role.  Years of industry expertise and outstanding relationships with our clients, and grasp of the needs of their business, means we are perfectly positioned within the market to guide you to your new role or to the right employee who will drive your business forward.  You can sign up here and call the office on 01747 825568 to arrange an interview.