Home sewing is a great project for many people! You can:
- Save money by mending or repurposing things you already have or you can get inexpensively, like at a free box or thrift sotre
- Make things to sell at local craft fairs or online at Etsy and places like it, or make money by doing original sewing or mending for other people locally
- Get the satisfaction of doing something creative, whether it’s clothing, handicrafts, or something else. It’s fun to give hand-sewn gifts!
I still remember the thrill of my first home sewing project. It was a flannel nightgown that my mother helped me cut out and sew when I was about 12. Her old Singer sewing machine would only do straight stitches, but at that point I didn’t even know zig-zag or decorative stitches existed. I do remember getting the nightgown mostly done and procrastinating on getting it hemmed, and it later turned out that procrastination would be a part of my rhythm of sewing projects. (Okay, maybe not just sewing…)
But eventually I finished the nightgown and wore it every winter until I outgrew it. I did a few other projects in my teens, but it wasn’t until I started working that I got my own sewing machine. It came from a thrift store, weighed a ton, and was bright turquoise. It wasn’t a Singer but I don’t remember what it was. Still, it had zig-zag and eight decorative stitches, and I made simple clothing for work, curtains, and did mending projects.
Then I took a sewing class at the local community college and began sewing on knits and fancy fabrics. About that time I outgrew the limits of my thrift-store machine. When I inherited some money after my mother died, I honored her memory by getting a Viking 6460. That was a good long time ago, and it is still going strong… I blogged a while back about how my husband fixed it when the sewing store gave up on it. Every now and then I drool over the new machines but haven’t yet been tempted to get another machine. I would never get rid of the Viking.
Now, I do quite a bit of sewing at home, in spurts. I’ll catch up on the most urgent items in my mending pile, make something for the house, make a dog bed, do a gift or two, and then let the sewing go for a few months. Never do seem to empty that mending pile entirely! I keep my sewing machine on one of the desks in my home office, and I keep it plugged in. Those simple things make me more likely to get going!
Find Out More about Sewing at Home from My Hubpage Articles
I’ve written several pages about sewing and sewing machines, on a website called Hubpages. Do take a look!
The Best Sewing Blogs, Books, and Patterns — find out what’s going on with the blogs.
So whether you want to save money, make money, or have fun being creative, consider taking up or resuming sewing. It’s a great project at home, as you can work it in between other things.