I have been trying to keep up with reading all your blogs but for some reason Blogger decided that I no longer have a reading list. I have tried to transfer them to my page. If yours isn't there, I apologize and will catch up.
One topic that seems to be cropping up is "why do you sew?'
I guess I can't really say it is to save money as my machine cost $3,000.00, more than I would spend on clothes in quite a few years. But the machine will last more than 5 years. Then there is all the fabric, notions, gadgets, and gizmos that I "need". I could say that it is cheaper than therapy, but we have healthcare that covers that.
I sew because I love and sometimes need to create with my hands. I can see it in my head and I want to make it. Sometimes the need is so strong I get moody or grouchy if I cannot spend some time sewing.
I guess growing up in an era of self expression and self sufficiency added to my need to sew. I loved embroidering my jeans while wearing them. I just doodled on my jeans with a needle and thread. And I loved not be dependant on "the man". Back when you couldn't trust the establishment.....
Sewing allows me to have better quality items than I could afford to buy. Items I make are better quality and last much longer than items bought at mid priced stores. I am still working on better fit but it's a process. Sometimes it's the journey not the destination (man).
I briefly tried sewing for dollars and hated almost every minute of it. I was not sewing what I wanted to sew with fabric I loved and usually with less time that I wanted. I have learned to say 'no' to almost everyone.
The one area I do save money on is home decor. My dining room curtains are floor to ceiling lined, hand pleated , silk taffeta. All the stripes match up. They are five widths of fabric. The fabric and lining cost less than $400.00. A workroom would have charged at least that for one panel.
Cushions in most of the stores I visit cost between $30 to $80 and they are not down filled. Mine are all down and covered in designer fabric for half the price.
The savings continues with upholstery. I am learning the haute couture method of upholstery. This way I can enjoy fine furniture in my budget. The lessons and supplies are a fraction of the cost of purchasing an item at a high end furniture store.
Crafting saves money too. I can buy a $40. wreath or I can make it for $5.
But sewing, sewing is done for the pure enjoyment.
What about you? Why do you sew/craft/redo?
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