Most people just don’t get it, but if you’re a sewer, you do! There are some idiosyncrasies of sewing that you can’t help but agree with.
Whether you are an amateur sewer or a master of the craft there is no denying that at one point or another the following situations have applied to your life!
Just in the stitch of time
There’s nothing like a festive holiday to throw a sewer into sheer panic mode! We’re not concerned about the project deadlines but rather the fact that the dining room table has not been seen in weeks. The frantic rush to finish a garment minutes before you need to leave for an event is totally justified by the feeling you get when accepting a compliment saying “Oh this? I made it this morning.”
It feels sew good when…
Be it the perfect zipper insertion technique you have mastered, a French seam on a silk shirt or a sneak peek of some snazzy lining, there are so many aspects of sewing that just make you feel GOOD. Knowing your tools once belonged to loved ones or reminiscing on past times spent with friends and family surely warms the heart.
A-hem, no thanks
While the offer is appreciated, no we don’t want your great aunt’s big bag of scraps and old button jars. It may be hard to believe but we have plenty of our own! Likewise, we are not particularly interested in hemming your jeans or mending your jacket. We know in your mind it is a minor inconvenience and will only take a minute but we are actually pretty busy.
Awl the right attitudes
If your sewing mojo is in short supply surely looking at your pattern collection is the best fix! Our fabric stashes are our own personal art gallery, inspiration center and savings account all rolled into one. There’s nothing quite like organizing your fabric to rediscover old treasures and kickstarting the sewing inspiration.
Sometimes we all needle little help
The perfect pattern organization system is out there. Somewhere. We just need to find it on Pinterest, or on a blog, or in a magazine, or invent it ourselves. Similarly, we know that the bobbin will never run out at a convenient time but rather smack dab in the middle of that tricky sleeve. And without fail, every visit to the fabric store takes longer than expected after getting stuck behind the first time sewer who wants ¼ yard of 37 different fabrics.
A reely reliable stash
Some people buy a new lipstick for a pick-me-up; sewers buy sewing patterns. And yes, we know we already have a similar pattern, but that’s not a good enough reason not to buy it. Who cares if we never actually use that one perfect piece of fabric? If we have it in our stash and can look it at whenever we want, it will always be worth the investment!
Tailor to your traveling
It’s debatable that the best part of a trip is the feeling of delight when you are shopping in a new city and stumble across a fabric store. It’s even more exciting when they’re having a sale, and the fabric you buy ends up fitting in your suitcase! Or, when the concern of how you’re possibly going to squeeze five yards of fabric into your bag is eliminated altogether when the store happily offers to ship it to you. Plus, when you arrive home it’s like Christmas morning — double win!
Raise your hand if you sew in your underwear. Of course you do! Stitch, try on, adjust and pin, take off, stitch some more. Raise you hand again if fitting pants by yourself is nearly impossible but the combination of your determination and your full-length mirror make it happen. Talk about a super power.
Ohh the irony
There may not be anything more frustrating than getting so excited to finish a project and so close to completion only to have it ruined by accidentally burning the fabric with the iron. Guess it’s time to start over — good thing you stocked up on that amazing fabric. Look at you, planning ahead!
A whole new meaning to “pins and needles”
Of course you intend to pick up all those pins that have been dropped along the way! And you’ll do one heck of a job running your fingers through the carpet ensuring you’ve collected them all. But, without question, there will be that one stray pin that remains hidden only to be found by a less than happy barefoot visitor to the sewing space.
This seams like the perfect amount!
Every sewer knows a second (or third) sewing machine is not an extravagance but a necessity, just as it is a no-brainer that buying both sizes available of any given pattern is not excessive but proactive! It’s difficult to keep up with the multitude of projects we have started but not yet finished, isn’t it? And don’t even get us started on our scissors. Yes, we need all of them and don’t you dare think about using them to cut paper…wire…roses…your hair…or anything other than fabric!