Common Myths Regarding Sewing

What are some sewing myths?

Sewing is For Older Folks

For starters, some people might think “no one sews anymore.” Not true! In fact, sewing, which many consider a “retro skill” that their grandma did, is actually making a comeback with ladies in their teens, 20s and 30s. Retailers have reported a leap in sales of dressmaking patterns and sewing machines in recent years as the next generation discovers they can have fun making their own clothes as a hobby.

Sewing is Expensive

Isn’t it expensive, though? The myth that sewing is expensive only applies if you’re planning on buying a top-of-the-line sewing machine along with a costly ironing system and the most high end fabrics. If you don’t want to spend a bundle, there’s always various options. Some people use hand-me-down, mechanical machines they get from their grandma’s basement or an estate sale. Others shop around for affordably priced fabrics-- with remnants and/or fabrics on sale helping to keep costs down. Depending on the materials you choose, sewing can be as cheap or expensive as you want to make it.

Sewing Takes a Special Skill

Sometimes people who don’t sew are afraid to learn because they think, “Well, so-and-so must have a special talent for it, and I couldn’t possibly do what she’s doing because I don’t have the talent.” Hogwash! Every sewer has to learn the craft and it takes time to get good. Great sewers aren’t born-- they’re made. Sewing isn’t about talent, as much as it is about dedication, perseverance and practice. In other words, you don’t have to be particularly creative, even, to sew. Moreover, you don’t have to be perfect. It has been said that sewing is more about persistence than creativity.

Sewing Is Just Too Hard

Finally, what about the myth that “it’s too hard?” Just like with any hobby, there are different skill levels. Beginners can start out doing easy stuff and work their way up to the more difficult patterns and such. Once you get the basics, like learning how to set up and thread your sewing machine, then sewing becomes easier over time. If you take it step-by-step and give yourself permission to make some mistakes along the way, you’ll do just fine.

March 07, 2018