Think sewing is just for grandmas? Think again! It’s time for you to rediscover sewing. Get ready to bring on a new hobby, save some cash, and rock a unique wardrobe—all with the power of a needle and thread.
Honestly, I will share why I believe you’ll want to reacquaint yourself with sewing again or for the first time. You’ll find that sewing is the bridge where practicality meets creativity.
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The Decline and Rise of Sewing
Sewing—once the darling of domestic arts—has been shoved to the back of the hobby closet, overshadowed by digital art, cooking, and even knitting.
But let’s not forget, this craft once had its own TV shows and glossy magazines! So, why the decline?
I am not a fan of fast fashion and the mess it has left in its path (that’s a whole other conversation), but I do love fashion and instant gratification, which is what you get when you sew your own clothing!
If I had to guess, Fast fashion kicked a lot of wannabe sewers to the back; after all, why sew when you can buy clothes fast and cheap?
Sewing never went away, but many of us don’t do it, so you might think it is no longer popular. It is. And I use Pinterest for my inspiration.
Check there and see how many people sew and what they sew!
Plus, we are all too familiar with the Lockdown we went through, and well, making masks was a big thing, and dusting off that sewing machine was a must!
Personal Journey: From Detest to Love
I can remember a time when I detested sewing and mending and then another time when I found pride in my artisan-crafted threads.
I currently have 2 different sewing machines that I have a love-hate relationship with, from threading to stitching, but I still use them!
It’s a big deal to accomplish something handmade! Trust me.
The first time I sewed, I locked the needle and had to get the machine repaired, but once I learned what I had done, I never had that issue again.
Just like anything, there is a learning curve. Be patient and enjoy the stitching moments.
1. Rediscover Sewing: It’s Interesting And Relaxing
And you will either love or hate it; there is no middle ground.
Imagine designing your own patterns or recreating your favorite pop culture icons on fabric.
You can go from making your own T-shirts to crafting intricate home decor like curtains or pillow covers. The canvas is as broad as your imagination.
One of my favorite things to do is make pillowcase covers for all seasons for my throw pillows because they are fast and inexpensive.
2. Inclusivity in Sewing: No Arts Degree Required
Have you ever tried sketching a human figure only to end up with a stickman?
I’ve double-stitched a sleeve 4x, so yes, you do the math, and after stitch ripping for a while, I made it all right and learned through what I did wrong.
You don’t have to be gifted with talent to try it, just the want to learn.
With a few basic techniques under your belt—learnable in just a few hours—you can start your journey toward becoming a fabric maestro.
3. The Best of Both Worlds: Practicality Meets Creativity
Let’s get real. How many hobbies can you say are both fun and practical?
With sewing, you can customize your wardrobe, create gifts, and even offer your skills to friends and family.
The applications are endless, from making face masks to whipping up cozy blankets.
4. Sewing Checks All Boxes: Budget-Friendly and Time-Savvy
You don’t need to break the bank to start sewing. A basic sewing kit is all you need for minor repairs and simple projects.
Once you strike that practicality meets creativity moment, it might be time to level up.
Consider investing in a sewing machine or a Serger Overlock Machine for those looking to get serious.
As for time, you can learn the basics in a day, thanks to the plethora of free online tutorials.
Personal Experience: The Joy of Handmade Fashion
One of my favorite things I’ve made is a simple mini skirt with a cotton cloth print I love and could never have found in the store.
It took me a few hours and under $10, and I’ve got my favorite skirt! Budget-friendly and artisan—I am cool (lol).
5. A New Lens: How Sewing Changes Your Perspective on Fashion
Once you dive into the sewing world, you’ll never look at clothes the same way again.
When you understand what it takes to make an article of clothing and then can make what you prefer, you’ll never shop the same way again and feel so good about what you are wearing!
Mom’s Corner: Sewing Where Practicality Meets Creativity
Plus, I’ll share this: As a mom, there’s always a need to mend, or fix, or sew something.
You can do it much faster and learn to love it even with just a few time slots.
I didn’t always like sewing, but I have come to use my machines nonstop for things I never realized I could.
Again, this bridges the gap where practicality meets creativity, as you can use it on demand, which is important!
Time to Rediscover Sewing
So, are you ready to give sewing the standing ovation it deserves?
Whether you want to express your creativity, save money, or pick up a rewarding new skill, sewing offers a world of possibilities.
So why not pick up that needle and thread and stitch your way into a new world?