Thursday, May 20, 2010

Blog Spotlight: Debunking Five Myths of Sewing

 Every once in a while I come across a blog post that must be shared.  Today I got one of those in my Google Reader.  This was all one of those posts where I immediately thought, "Why didn't I think to write that?" because if I had, my words would have been the same.  nearly. 

Deborah from Whipstich wrote a guest post on the Simply Modern Mom blog debunking Five Myths of Sewing.  I have so many friends who have said to me something along the lines of "I wish I could sew, but ...".  Well, Friends of mine, no more excuses!  Go read this post and then come on over and play with some fabric and my sewing machine!!

Rather than repeat Deborah's words that would be plagiarism, I want to just let you know a little bit about how I got into case you don't already.  Don't worry, it won't take long.

My mom sewed when I was younger, and I always wanted to sew with her but rarely took the time.  She was always ready and willing any time one of her daughters wanted to sew, but in my 10 or 12 year old mind, there were better things to be doing--like playing Prairie Girls in the barn or going on some adventure in the stream.  In Junior High I took a sewing elective and made a hampster.  End of story.  

Just kidding.  There is more!  Pick up quite a few years later...two years ago to be exact...and I found Etsy.  I also found out about all of the A.MA.ZING fabric options available and a giant store we used to have in town called Baer Fabrics.  yes, i still get teary-eyed thinking about it. Rest In Peace, Baer. I really wanted some new table linens but didn't like what I saw at the stores.  A friend lent me her sewing machine, my younger sister who is a much more talented seamstress than I and has her own Etsy shop told me what basics I needed to buy, and I bought four yards of fabric plus the basics from Baer.  I went home, cut out some squares and rectangles, and ended up with a brand new set of reversible cloth napkins and matching table runner.

It was all over from there.  I was hooked.  Sewing was easy.  Sewing was fun.  And sewing gave me a creative high I had been missing for quite some time. Now, I love to sew.  I need to sew or I feel like I am losing my sanity yes, Babe, I really do mean thatNot everyone has quite as strong of a reaction, but I can tell you that my friends who have come over to sew with me at least liked it enough to keep it up once in a while! 

Whether you are a seasoned "pro" or the one filling in the blank with reasons why you don't sew even though you want to, go on over to the SMM blog and read Deborah's post



  1. I am one of those "wishful sew-ers" (I broke up sew and ers, otherwise it would read "sewers" - as in where all our waste goes, lol), but I am excited to check out this link you included. Thanks!

  2. Dionne, it would definitely be nice to have a word other than "sewer"! (even seamstress doesn't seem quite right). I hope you enjoy the post.

  3. Ok, let's having a sewing date! You can teach me a thing or two. Would an easy first project be to make some cloth napkins? I have white ones, but I don't like to use them (um, because they're white). What do you think??


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