I’m starting a mini series of debates that hopefully will become a regular spot – topics that irk me and maybe cause a little controversy – but that’s the point – an opportunity to air views and opinions, to speak the truth and release some frustration. So use the comments section aplenty – open to anons as well.
We’ll start the series with a question that definitely applies to me and so I reckon (hope) also to others.
Some sew so that we can have stylish, well fitting (!) clothes at a fraction of the cost of RTW: some sew for enjoyment: some sew to save money and thrift: some sew for others (nice): some sew because they can. We each have our reasons and justification for spending hard earned cash on fabric, notions, patterns, books, DVDs, trims and braids, retreats, classes, gadgets, attachments for our machines, threads, tools, magazines, etc etc etc…..
How many of you go to a fabric store for a couple of metres of lining and 6 buttons, only to come out with wool gabardine for a skirt, satin for a blouse, a bit of jersey because it looks nice and really anything and everything that catches your eye?
Pattern company sales! Buying three or four patterns because they are reduced not because you need them. I know it makes sense to buy in sales but do we buy more than intended just because?
Now this is not a question of usefulness or beauty but how easily we are seduced into buying stuff. I mean we buy cotton fabric in winter thinking we can keep it to make something for summer and buy wools in summer keeping them for winter.
And gadgets are another thing altogether….
There are at least 30 different feet I can purchase for my machine – and yes I recently bought a super-glide foot for sewing leather and sticky fabrics. Do I have leather to sew? No, but I’ve been thinking about it.
I want one of these
From Yanko Designs is the Leitfaden, and it is the world’s first sewing printer. What that means is that the machine takes white thread and then uses ink cartridges to die the thread to match the fabric, creating a professional look. The projector is mounted just above the needle and is used to project the desired pattern onto the incoming fabric. This allows the sewer to see the direction ahead of time and help keep a straight line. Unfortunately the Leitfaden is only a concept design right now, but if it ever was created, it would probably be an instant hit.
Colourful needle threaders anyone?
Could you honestly say how much you spend weekly, monthly, yearly (daily!) on sewing stuff?