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My Life as a Sewing Vlogger on YouTube, by Helen (@xxstitchriprepeatxx)

Who else is addicted to Sewing YouTube videos? I started sewing about 6 or 7 years ago and Youtube quickly became my best friend when I didn’t understand something, which in my early days of sewing was pretty much everything! The first sewing tutorial I ever watched was how to do a ladder stitch as everything I read said you needed to do this to close toys up with an invisible stitch. With 4 kids this has come in pretty handy over the years for mending precious toys!

So fast forward to the beginning of 2019, and I had got to a stage in life where my children needed me a bit less each day so I wondered what I could do with my spare time and I thought, I know, I’ll start a sewing channel on YouTube, I mean how hard can it be? Seriously though it isn’t hard at all : I just jumped straight in, used my phone to record a couple of minutes of waffle (if you want a laugh go check out my very first video) and then spent about 3 hours trying to work out how to upload it, had to get my children to help their old mum in the end!

These days not a lot has changed, I don’t have a fancy camera or editing software, I simply use my iPhone 7 to record and although I have a ring light which I was lucky enough to buy from donations to my Kofi account (thanks to my lovely subscribers) the best tip for lighting is to have good natural light so I sit with my window behind my phone and that works just great, then I edit using IMovie on my phone or IPad, and how do I know how to use IMovie I hear you ask, through watching tutorials on YouTube of course!

My channel is a reflection of me, so it’s not very organised, like me. Although I love watching vloggers who upload videos regularly, such as ‘My July Makes’ or ‘July sewing plans’ when it comes to my channel I have a few regulars such as unboxing my Sew Hayley Jane subscription box and Friday Sews (most Fridays) I generally record when I have the time energy and of course something to actually talk about! This means I may have a couple of videos out very close together or more likely that I have no videos for a few weeks; I like it this way as I don’t want to put pressure on myself that I must record a video. My channel is for fun and that’s how I always want to keep it because if it wasn’t fun then I wouldn’t want to do it anymore.

I have learnt so much since I started my channel, firstly other people actually want to watch my videos! This was massive to me as I really started my channel for myself, a bit of a sewing diary, and daft as it may sound I didn’t really think about other people watching, well apart from the friends and family that I insisted had to! But the one thing that I have really loved is discovering the wonderful sewing community that is out there, and how happy I am to be a part of it. Everyone is so friendly and supportive of each other, I am incredibly lucky to have made such great friends that I wouldn’t have done otherwise, including another wonderful Vlogger, the lovely Angela, who you may know as Devon Threadtales, and who just happens to live in the same town as me. I am very thankful to have made such a great friend, all thanks to sewing and YouTube.

I absolutely love being a YouTuber and almost wish I’d started sooner. Two and a half years after starting my channel I have absolutely no regrets, and this year I actually made some money from my videos, can you believe it? If you have ever thought what it would be like to have your own channel then I would say, don’t think about it, just go for it!

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