Some sewing crafts come with explicit directions on specifically how your project should be done. And other sewing crafts come with very little direction to them. There are advantages and disadvantages to both kinds depending on what kind of experience you have, and if you prefer to see what the finished product will look like before you’re done. Illustrated sewing crafts will do just that for you and can help in the correct completion of your project. Here are some advantages and disadvantages to illustrated sewing crafts.
Advantages to illustrated sewing crafts
Illustrated sewing crafts provide many benefits to all different types of sewing crafters. Here are just a few of the advantages to using illustrations in your sewing crafts.
Illustrated sewing crafts will usually give very precise and simple directions, which is always nice for a beginner craft maker. And even though beginners are the most likely to benefit from illustrations other can as well. Every crafter can appreciate a good set of directions to follow. After all, who doesn’t want their project to turn out nicely?
Another advantage to using illustrations in sewing crafts is that they provide some stepping stones or landmarks for the user. In many cases when people start sewing crafts the directions are given and you are expected to know what your project should look like at each particular stage. With illustrations there is no guessing as to what or where you should be at with your project. A picture shows you what it should look like and if you’ve done something wrong you can re-trace your steps from there, instead of finishing the craft and then realizing you need to fix something and undo almost everything you’ve worked hours on.
Illustrated sewing crafts also give you a clear picture of what your project should look like when you’re finished working on it. For many beginners and advanced sewers this is great benefit. Many crafters will buy sewing crafts that specifically give a picture of a finished product so they know exactly what the craft is supposed to look like.
Disadvantages to illustrated sewing crafts
For some avid crafters there are no disadvantages to illustrated sewing crafts. But to be fair to all crafters out there, we will list a couple of the disadvantages to using them.
Illustrated sewing crafts will almost always give you a picture of the finished product. For some crafters this is a great guide to how they’re project should look. For others though, it may not be. With a perfect finished project in mind it can be discouraging to some when their finished project does not look exactly like the picture does. There aren’t very many people that can sew a craft exactly like the picture, so chances are your finished sewing craft won’t look like the one in the booklet.
There are different types of learning styles in the world; some people learn better by looking at a diagram and others learn by simply reading the instructions. For some, looking at a set of diagrams or illustrations can be more confusing than just being able to read it. If this sounds familiar then illustrated sewing crafts are not for you.
Illustrated sewing crafts can provide advantages for some users and disadvantages for other. It all depends on the person sewing the craft, and the type of craft you are making.