Happy National Sewing Month! Did you know that this is a month set aside by Ronald Regan back in the 80′s to recognize the importance of the home sewer in America? We love this time of year for obvious reasons. We find there is nothing more devine then talking about sewing!
This year we’d love to hear from you and why sewing matters to you. How did you learn, who did you learn to sew from? What do you like to sew? What would you like to learn? Every month is sewing month around here, in fact many of us can’t go a day without sewing something. Anything! Find out why sewing means so much to the editors here at Sew News. And, be sure to tell us your story in the comments section below.
Kate – I sew because I can. Sewing didn’t come easily to me, so now that I am not just proficient, but skilled, I find great satisfaction in taking a flat piece of fabric and making it into something three-dimensional that looks good and I am proud to wear or use. And because I am lucky enough to work in a place where I am constantly learning new skills, tricks and techniques, I am able to watch my ability grow with every project I make. I love learning about sewing, and I love that I am a strong enough sewist to play around with whatever I’m working on, tweaking it until it’s exactly what I want it to be.
Jill – Why do I sew? Why do I love to sew? I can remember the first time I made a skirt for myself. It was floral printed corduroy, and the fit was wonky of course. But, finishing that up and trying it on I felt like I just created the most important thing in my life. I felt so good about creating something that I could wear. It’s kind of indescribable. I get the same feeling when I make pillowcases. or embroider a tea towel set for my mom. It’s thrilling to me to make something. I love fabric, color, fashion, I love the process of sewing from start to finish. It’s something I’ve done forever and I don’t imagine I’ll ever stop. So, in short I sew because it gives me joy.
Amanda - My creative outlets have taken a number of forms over the years – ceramics, stained glass, quilting, crochet – but sewing was my first love…as well as my current obsession. I remember (fondly!) working on sewing projects with my mom at the kitchen table as a young kid. I made my first dress from a pattern in 10th grade and have been sewing off and on since. Today, sewing takes up a very special, almost sacred, place in my life. With three young children and a full-time job, people often ask me how I have time to sew. I don’t have time, I make time… and I drink a lot of coffee (!). Sewing is my way to de-stress, to be in the present moment, and to use my hands creatively. And rather than taking energy, I’ve found that sewing gives me energy! It’s also been an amazing way to connect with like-minded folks on Instagram.