This morning I had the wonderful pleasure of introducing a sweet young Mom to her sewing machine! It has been lurking in her closet for two years, and her longing to learn to sew has never been satisfied! Today, I had the joy of teaching her to thread her machine and I watched her as she made her first stitches! Sewing is so much fun, and so very very satisfying. It is gratifying to share my knowledge with someone so eager to learn. I have taught a few young women to sew in the past, and it has always been a wonderful experience. It's got me thinking about my reasons for sewing, and I thought I'd share them here, so that you might be encouraged to give it a try, or share the knowledge you already have with someone else who might like to learn to sew!
My reasons for sewing ...
- the satisfaction of accomplishing something with my own hands
- the delight of creating a 'one of a kind'
- the joy of being a 'producer'
- re purposing materials for a new use
- saving money - sometimes a lot of money, sometimes just a bit
- not having to fight the crowds at the mall
- not having to subject myself to fashion trends
- being able to choose natural fabrics for my family
- a perfect fit is possible
- modesty made easy
- well made garments that last a long time and make great hand me downs
- a relaxing pass time
- a skill I can pass on to our children
- alterations and repairs - not my favorite, but very do-able
- making a gift out of a heart of love - something tailored to the recipient
- a creative outlet
- having beautiful things I would not otherwise have - making our home a joy for ourselves and others
- in the past, I have made a modest living with my sewing machine - quite a fun 'job'
- helping friends in need
I recently finished some round cushions to match the set I made for our patio furniture last summer. We bought the chairs at a flea market and I searched diligently for round cushions to no avail. I guess round is out? I just finished the hand sewing on these four, and I am so pleased! I can't wait to have someone over for afternoon tea on the patio so we can sit on our 'new' 1940's wire chairs! There is a great deal of satisfaction in these kinds of projects.
Last Summer's Patio Project
I just can't wait to see where my new pupil will go with her newly acquired skills! She and her husband have four wonderful blessings - sweet sweet children are the best incentive to sew I can think of! As they were leaving today, one of her little ones chirped 'Mommy, now you know how to sew, right?' I'm sure her Mommy-heart was blessed!