Why do you sew?
I mentioned last week that I went on a little writing retreat.
I packed up our mazda with a week’s worth of food, a bottle of wine, some dark chocolate, and my laptop and booked myself into a teeny little wooded cottage. It was magical, and I plan to do it at least a few times a year now.
While I was there, I did more than just write. I did a lot of thinking – about you guys.
I thought about what a diverse group of people we are. We have girls in high school reading this who are just starting out. We have women in their 80s who have been sewing for many decades. We have single women in college. We have moms. We have women living in big cities, and women living on rural farms.
But what brings us all together is the simple hobby of sewing. Why?
Because here’s what I realized: We’re all going way against the grain here.
Clothes are cheap and plentiful, or at least they can be. Most people are perfectly happy to shell out a few bucks and have someone else do all that labor. It is much cheaper, at least in terms of time but also often in money, to buy something produced overseas in a factory.
But we don’t. Why?
I know why I love sewing. In fact, I’ve been thinking about it a lot and am writing a whole separate blog post about that.
But given how different we are, I want to hear from you. Why do you sew? How does it improve your life? How does it make you feel?