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This is Starcrossed's guide for sewing and [is] probably the hardest to do if you are from south Europe. I do not plan to do this but making sails is very rare and difficult task. You can also use this skill to make various costumes. Once you can make sails you can sell them for a very, very high income - probably the highest of all crafting skills - so it's a good investment. [edited from original post]
Sewing was also known on my old server as the 'money printing' profession. The reason being that in regions around India there are ports that supply fabrics and fibres needed to make high-end trade goods. These trade goods such as Turkish Rug and Velvet are all considered Speciality Products from Europe and Middle East. When they are sold in Indian Ports, they make 100%+ in profits + double exp and fame.
Recommended birth places
This is guide for players who wish to level up their sewing and make profits without leaving the Continent of Europe.
Required Recipe BooksEdit
Fabric Secrets - Hardwares (all six capital cities, Craftsman shop) 5000D
Fabric Secrets - Cloth (Amsterdam, Groningen, Antwerp, Den Helder, Plymouth, Porto, Malaga, Valencia, Palma, Barcelona, Genoa, Ancona, Zadar, Ragusa, Madeira, Syracuse, Cagliari) 10000D
Secret Book of Luxury Textile Fabrics (all six capital cities, after 200,000D in investment, Crafts shop) 100,000D (Note: As of Jan 26, 2014 this appears to be called Fabric Secrets - Fine Cloth)
Introduction to Sewing [optional] (Groningen, Dublin, Plymouth, Oporto, Madeira, Barcelona, Pisa, Genoa, Las Palmas, Antwerp, Syracuse) 10000D
- Livestock trade (livestock trader)
- Fiber trade (yarn trader)
- Sewing (yarn trader, accountant)
- Fabric [textile] trade (yarn dealer) [Optional]
Level 1 (3 x Chicken/Duck >>> Feather)
The chicken plucking exploit should be well known now. Venetians can pluck Chicken between Zadar and Ancona, French players can pluck Duck at Montpellier, Spanish and Portuguese players can buy Chicken at Lisbon, English can make Wool in Edinburgh, and Dutch players can go to Den Helder.
Use Fabric Secrets - Hardwares to produce Feather from Chicken/Duck
(3 x Chicken/Duck >>> Feather or Hemp>>> 2 x Spare Sails)
Southern European players should stay in the Mediterranean and keep plucking Chicken/Duck
Players from North Europe can sail to Amsterdam, purchase Hemp Fabric and use the Introduction of Sewing book to produce Spare Sail, which can be sold back to the Peddler at 1600D, and only costing under 500D to make. Note: if you want to make your own Hemp Fabric you can Collect hemp in the outskirts of Dublin.
(2 x Sheep/3 x Goat >>> Wool/Goat's Hair, 2 x Wool/Goat's Hair >>> Woolen Fabric)
Using the Secret Book of Woven Fabric turn Wool or Goat's Hair into Woolen Fabric.
Spanish players can purchase Wool from Valencia.
Venetian players can produce Goat Hair from Goats in Zadar from the Secret Book of Textile Materials.
French players can go to Cagliari and purchase Goat
Dutch players will have Den Helder which exports Sheep or can go to Oslo which sells Wool.
English players will have a huge advantage as Edinburgh produces both Sheep and Wool, making their levelling twice as fast, but the downside is that you can not sell Woolen Fabric back to the market in Edinburgh, because the town already produces Woolen Fabric.
Portuguese players are encouraged to sail either to Edinburgh or Oslo for Wool.
(Wool >>> Knit)
In the same Ports as above, turn Wool into Knit. Edinburgh is probably the best Port to do so, as you can sell Knit directly back to the market
Level 5 - 7
(Wool >>> Knit or 3 x Cotton >>> Cotton Fabric)
Unfortunately, for Tailors operating out of Europe, there is only one efficient way to level up their sewing from 5 to 7. English players will have the natural advantage of being able to purchase more Sheep and more Wool
One helpful route is this (and you can start at any of the ports listed): pick up sheep in Den Helder (convert to wool), then get hemp fabric in Amsterdam, then go to Oslo and buy wool and lumber. When desired convert the wool to knit fabric, and the hemp fabric + lumber to Studding Sails (lvl 6) using the Studding Sail - multiple book. Buy more lumber in Bergen to make more Studding Sails (sell at shipyard in Bergen). Proceed to Edinburgh to buy wool and sheep. Convert the sheep to wool and then to knit fabric (sell in Edinburgh or Amsterdam). Proceed to London and buy wool, then on to Den Helder to repeat the route. At either London or Amsterdam you can look for Merchant quests that involve the same route.
Venetians and French players can choose to sail to Alexandria and Cairo instead of the North Sea. Alexandria and Cairo both produce Cotton, and players can produce Cotton Fabric from the Cotton using the Secret Book of Woven Fabric.
(4 x Wool >>> Flannel)
Time for a book change, this time use the Fabric Secrets - Fine Cloth (Seville, Lisbon, Venice, Marseille, Amsterdam, London - Item shop (investment needed, about 200K) to craft Flannel from Wool. A Wool exporting Port is recommended. Usually players go to Oslo or Edinburgh.
Level 8 - 10
(3 x Wool >>> Tweed)
You must be sick of Wool now. But the good thing is all the recipes are from the same book, and you don't have to travel far from the Port where you first started out.
(10 x Linen >>> Lace)
Many players leveling up their sewing choose Oslo, because at level 10 they can craft Lace from the Linen purchased there, as well as other products that require Wool.
See late game