When I was young, most people used to feel embarrassed about wearing or using something that had been made by their Mum or their Grandma. The floral cotton dresses, or the frilly bedspreads were something to dread!
Now though, there seems to have been a great increase in the popularity of home-made things. More and more people are proud of wearing something that they have made themselves, and even making something as a gift for their family and friends. But is it really worth learning to sew yourself? Or is this just a phase that will soon pass?
It is cheap to learn
Some people might be put off the idea of learning to sew because they think that it will cost a lot of money to do so. Well, that isn’t really the case. Like with most things, you can spend as much or as little as you like.
The biggest purchase of all is obviously a sewing machine. However, you can pick up a sewing machine at very reasonable prices if you look hard enough. Shopping online will probably be your best bet at grabbing a bargain. For instance, a quick look on Amazon* will show that you can pick up a sewing machine for around £40. If you would rather wait until you know what you are doing before buying a sewing machine however, then why not ask somebody that you know if they would mind you learning to sew on their machine?
Another area which doesn’t have to cost the earth is learning how to sew. Some people may prefer to enrol on to a course at their local college, or even pay for private lessons. But these aren’t the only ways that you can learn to sew. Why not ask a family member, or friend that can sew to teach you? You could even pay them in coffee and cake during each session. 🙂
Another good way to learn to sew is by using the internet. I have used countless videos on YouTube to help me learn new methods and skills in sewing. Best of all it is completely free and always available to work around me and my busy schedule.
It can save you money
Not only is sewing a great way to relax and unwind, it is also a great skill to have that can help you to save money. Here are just a few areas where you could save…
The idea that decorating a room has to cost a fortune no longer exists when you can sew. Obviously you still have to buy new paint and wallpaper, but accessorising your room with curtains, cushions and blankets can be a cheap and cheerful event if you can make them yourself.
Learning to make your own clothes is a fab way to save money. You can pick up patterns just about anywhere, from haberdasheries to charity shops. You just need to find one that you like and give it a go. This is a really wonderful thing to be able to do if you like to wear things that are a bit different. You can tweak garments that you already have, or give yourself your very own unique wardrobe. The options are endless.
There are so many different things that you can make as gifts. If you want to make something quick and easy, then why not make some lovely hanging hearts or birds? Maybe an apron would be very much loved by your baking mad friend? Or some lovely hair accessories for your niece? You can make each gift bespoke for each friend, and even though you may not have spent a lot of money, it is a wonderful feeling to give somebody a gift that you have put a lot of time and effort into.
Amending items is another brilliant way to save money. My childrens school trousers were looking a little worse for wear. So, this weekend I have been able to sit at my sewing machine and fix all of these little problems. The boys trousers look as good as new and I have managed to save around £15 by fixing them myself. 🙂
So there we have it, a few good reasons why learning to sew is not a worthless task, but something that can open up all kinds of money saving options for you. Plus, it is fun and rewarding, so why not give it a go?
How has learning to sew helped you?