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4 Reasons To Sew + Top 3 Sewing Rules

Updated: Jun 29, 2023

WHY SHOULD I SEW?

How sewing has evolved


What's the 4 reasons to sew? What's so great about sewing? First, it's a skill that can be learned and mastered over time. There's no rush to learn and sew beautifully. Whether you are just starting, or have been sewing for years, there's always something new to learn and discover, from learning new techniques and stitches to exploring different fabrics and patterns.


QUILTS

April Showers quilt
April Showers quilt

For centuries, sewing has been an art form that brings women together through needle and thread. It has been vital in keeping families clothed and warm during extreme weather conditions. In the past, when clothes were too worn out, they were cut up and turned into quilts that helped keep families warm by the fire. These quilts also served as a way to remember and embed different historical and family events such as weddings, the birth of a child, and wartime.


Even today, people sew to commemorate significant events in the quilting community. They create memory quilts, wedding quilts, and baby quilts. Quilt Guilds like the Napa Valley Quilter's Guild continue the giving quilt tradition through charity quilts for various causes, such as for fire victims, babies in hospitals, foster children, Ukraine, flood victims, and more.





COSTUMING

Belly Dance Costume: Northern renaissance Fair
Belly Dance Costume: Northern Renaissance Fair

Sewing enthusiasts know that costumes are continually developing in the sewing industry. An example of this is Comic Con! We also love the stunning costumes showcased on So You Think You Can Dance and in our favorite movies and Broadway productions, like the iconic Phantom of the Opera. Whether it's a movie set, theater, or dance company, they all have sewing rooms filled with sewers, fabrics, patterns, thread, and the hum of sewing machines.








FASHION

Victorian era cravat for Napa Valley chorus men
Victorian era satin cravat

We have Fashion Week and fashion designers because of people who sew. Sewing is an essential aspect of fashion design, allowing designers to bring their ideas to life. By creating garments from scratch, designers can experiment with different fabrics, patterns, and styles to create unique and beautiful pieces. Sewing also gives designers complete control over the garment's construction, ensuring it fits perfectly and is made to the highest quality standard. In addition, sewing is an essential skill for anyone interested in fashion, as it allows them to make alterations and repairs to their clothing, and extending the life of their wardrobe. Overall, sewing is a crucial component of the fashion industry and an essential skill for anyone looking to express their creativity through clothing.




ENVIRONMENT

Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag
Halloween Trick-or-Treat bag

Nowadays, sewing is not just for making quilts, performances, or fashion. It is also a way for people to contribute to saving the environment by creating reusable items such as grocery bags, napkins, boxes, zipper pouches, and lunch bags. Additionally, sewing can be a thoughtful gesture as homemade gifts are cherished by many on occasions like Christmas or birthdays. The art of sewing has progressed over time, in parallel with the advancements of sewing machines. The feeling of fulfillment that comes when creating something unique is genuinely satisfying.


Are you still looking for a new outlet while craving creativity? Sewing could be the perfect fit for you! With endless possibilities for learning and self-improvement, sewing will bring you joy for many years. Remember that sewing is a journey, not a destination. No matter how many years you've been sewing, there's always something new to learn and discover. So embrace the process, enjoy the journey, and have fun creating something unique! Keep sewing and progressing on your projects, no matter how big or small, because every step forward is towards achieving your Simple Sewing dreams.




TOP 3 RULES IN SEWING


Fairy card

BE KIND TO YOURSELF

Have patience and breath


Sewing is a great way to improve yourself and gain satisfaction in small accomplishments. Don't be discouraged by mistakes or setbacks; keep working, don't give up, and you will succeed. It's essential to treat yourself with kindness, especially when Simple Sewing gets tough. Don't beat yourself up over mistakes; instead, be compassionate and understanding—practice self-care by taking time to relax and sew things you enjoy. Patience, learning from trial and error and mistakes, and growing your sewing experience are keys to Simple Sewing success.



HAVE FUN! DON'T RUSH!

Enjoy the process and take breaks


When faced with a challenge, feeling overwhelmed and stressed is common. To make it more enjoyable, try setting mini-goals and rewarding yourself when you achieve them. For instance, if you're working on a complex pattern, you could promise to take a break and watch your favorite show after completing the challenge.


Also, discussing your progress with a supportive sewing friend can make even the most challenging tasks more manageable. Feel free to send me a message if you need a friend to help get you through. Remember that taking breaks and engaging in other activities that fulfill you are essential. These activities can include taking a 10-minute walk or playing a puzzle game. Time away from the sewing machine will help you return to the task with renewed energy and focus. Also, avoid sewing when you're tired or frustrated, leading to more mistakes. If you're working under a deadline, take brief breaks between seams and focus on breathing for 30 seconds; get up to hydrate and iron your seams.



YOUTUBE IS NOT REAL

Don't judge yourself by others


Regarding sewing, it's important to remember that everyone starts at different levels and has unique strengths and weaknesses. You are unique with your own speed, learning curve, and style. Always focus on your progress and improvement. Celebrate the small victories and learn from your mistakes. Remember, the beauty of Simple Sewing is in the creativity and personal touch you bring to each project. Don't let comparison steal that joy. Keep practicing and enjoy the process. Simple Sewing is an enriching skill and art form that can provide endless hours of allowing yourself to embrace your creativity as you continuously learn. Whether you're a seasoned pro or just starting, there's always something new to explore in the Simple Sewing world.



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