About JoAnne

Welcome to Learn to Sew at Home

My name is JoAnne Adrian and I am a self-employed dressmaker, Mum, Grandma, Aunt, Sister, Niece, Entrepreneur, and friend, who has been searching for a way to make a legitimate income from home, here in New Zealand with low to no setup costs, for a very long time.

I grew up in the small town of Eltham, in Taranaki, New Zealand, before leaving school and venturing to Wellington where I soon had my 3 children at a young age. Before starting my family, I worked at a dry cleaner, learning the cleaning side of garments and properties of fabrics to back up what I had already learned at School. From there I worked in small sewing factory fine-tuning my skills on the machine and gaining more knowledge to be able to work from home, which is what I always wanted to do from an early stage.

I took in sewing jobs and did the alterations and repairs for the local dry cleaners from time to time. As time moved forth my interests grew and expanded into making lingerie for my family and friends and the odd party plan to sell my products.

When my children were still preschoolers, I moved back to Eltham for a cheaper and quieter lifestyle for my children. More of a country lifestyle rather than the hustle and bustle of the city. From here I started selling some of my sewing at markets and so it began….

I have looked at every opportunity to make money to give my children the best opportunities in life as I had left heir father shortly after moving back to Taranaki and brought them up on my own, and I learned to become resourceful.

Then the Internet came…

I always believed there was a way to make money online…. but, SCAMS!!!

Who to believe?

Who is legitimate?


How do you know?

After YEARS, and YEARS, and YEARS of researching, trying and watching and learning. I hit dead end after dead end. My confidence was depleting. But I kept getting back on that horse every single time and then I found the Wealthy Affiliate community, and so the journey began… and it is what it says it is!!!

As I was working a day job at the time I decided to look into this on a part-time basis… A few months had passed and I was no further afield than I had been in the past. I felt like every time I talked to people about what I was up to they, managed to put doubt in my mind and I lost faith and also I was paying monthly and did not keep up payments.

I continued at work and I got more miserable and kept coming back to… I want to be self-employed, what can I do on a shoestring? What am I capable of… And every time it came back to sewing and online marketing.

Initially, I decided to get back into my crafts, doing markets and selling online, as this was something I was comfortable with. I continued to work while I sewed every opportunity I had to build up stock and my business, so I could quit my day job. Then in September 2015, it finally happened. I finished up work and focused on getting my house on the market for my next phase in life while sewing every spare moment I had.

Also, over the years I have realized that the expense of patterns and the availability of the ones I required was getting extreme and difficult to source, so more and more have had to make my own patterns. As this was the norm, I did not realize that others could not just do the same, and draft their own patterns from a thought, picture or item of clothing they own, as I could.

But, it was Time to Sell up and Move on… to Start a New Life – in the Country!

It took a while but I got there and have not looked back, still sewing for my markets and keeping up with my online auctions to keep finances afloat.

Unfortunately, this year I started to suffer from tennis elbow. Then I ended up with it in both arms… Forced into re-accessing my situation yet again… AND… I remembered I had paid for an annual membership to Wealthy Affiliate (which I was not using!) I was going through so much in my life in such a short time, and so many interruptions and negative input, that I just could not get a sense of direction. I realized that I needed to get into taking action and pursuing my original dream of making money online, which in turn will reduce the physical work of doing markets, as I get older.

While talking to a friend of mine, who is a Tradie, they asked me who I was going to share my knowledge with before I part from this earth, then it dawned on me that I need to do this! This is the way I am going to share what I know, not just with the people around me, but the World!

I am excited about sharing, so bare with me as I grow this website in my little sewing hub of knowledge.

Please leave your comments and if I can help in any way, please ask.

Happy Sewing from me to you.

Learn to Sew at Home with Jo 'n' Sew JoAnne Adrian

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