When did you fall in love with sewing? When your mother first sat you down at her Singer featherweight, lovingly taught you to thread the machine and reminded you not to use her nice fabric scissors on your crafting projects? Or perhaps when you took home economics in school with all your best friends? Maybe when you walked into the doors of your local sewing shop and were inspired by all the amazing projects and patterns displayed like treasure around the store? Whatever the moment, we all have had it: the moment we were hooked on sewing and had found a lifelong passion.
For me, that moment was gradual. I have known how to sew for about 12 years, but I didn’t fall in love until about 4 years ago, when my mom, Becky, opened Sew Suite Studio in Lexington. The winter of my sophomore year of college I started working in the store running our 15-needle embroidery machine and had many, many orders to fill. I was in love. Being surrounded by all the bright fabrics, shiny thread, and amazing sewing machines was the most incredible thing. I’ll never look back!
Many people think that sewing is “dying” but I beg to differ. We teach and meet so many new sewers and quilters everyday who have a passion for the art of it. Sewing isn’t your great-grandmother and her sisters sitting around in a dimly-lit room making clothes and quilts for the winter anymore. It is a robust and lively art form where people can express their creativity and share that with others!
Sew Yourself Some Love
Quilters and sewers are some of the most generous people I have met. Almost every guild or group has some sort of charity or community outreach program. (Besides, for quilters, how many quilts can we honestly keep in our own homes?) That desire to give and to share is a beautiful thing. It is also one of my favorite things about being in this industry. It is also a vital part of connecting with other people and continuing the sewing tradition.
I’m a firm believer that anyone can sew, it just takes time, dedication, and passion. That means that regardless of who you are, you can sew and you can be great at it too! So whether you have been sewing for 50 years or 5 minutes, sew yourself some love and share it with others. Reach out and find a way to connect with others in your sewing community, whether that’s making quilts for veterans, sewing pillowcase dresses for impoverished areas, or simply volunteering to teach a youth sewing class at the local library. Whatever it is, share your passion and skill with anyone and everyone who wants to learn!