Do you know how to sew? Do you enjoy it?

@vera5d (4006)
United States
April 17, 2008 11:54am CST
My grandma started teaching me to sew and crochet when i was 5 years old. she made beautiful quilts, my halloween costumes, my dresses and more - she was really very talented at it. Unfortunately when she was sick & passed away when I was 7 I really stopped learning how to sew. my mom sewed a little, but usually didn't have time w/3 kids and working. i picked it back up in home ec class & me and my best friend would sew different things like pants and bags and whatnot. but since college i have sewn little besides buttons and my sock buddies (they are a microwaveable heating pad made w/rice) for our sore muscles. I would like to sew more, but haven't the time, the equipment, or the talent. So what about you? Do you like to sew? Or is it something you have a hard time doing or think is boring?
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19 responses
• United States
17 Apr 08
I know how to sew, I've made halloween costumes for myself and my daughters, I've also made them all their own quilts like my grandma made me when I was younger. I haven't sewn in awhile though because I actually prefer to crochet because you don't have to cut out patterns. LOL
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I liked crocheting too but i think i8 forgot how to do it!
• United States
19 Apr 08
Ahhh I bet not its just like riding a bike! Try it!
@moneyandgc (3430)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I had a sewing machine a long time ago but I could never figure the thing out! My mom tried and tried to help me but as soon as she walked away I would have a tangled up mess! Well that machine was lost in the hurricane. (Which is actually a good thing because it was expensive and I felt bad about not liking it!) So, my husband bought me a new one a couple of years ago. I told him that I wanted a really cheap simple one! He bought one up from the least expensive one at the store. I LOVE it! I can actually sew a straight line all by myself now! I have made curtains for my living room, 2 pairs of baby pants for my daughter, throw blankets for the kids, receiving blankets for my niece... We really need to get me a sewing table or desk or something though because my machine sits on our island counter since we never replaced our dining room table. My (now) 9 year old son asked for and got a sewing machine for Christmas last year. My ex didn't like the idea but too bad!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
that is great!
@Remando (176)
18 Apr 08
Well my grandmother is a very talented seamstress, but I don't seem (haha, what a pun!) to have inherited her talents! I can certainly patch a hole in a sock, but it never looks pretty and falls apart far too easily. And as for sewing lost buttons back on to blouses...well...I want to put my grandmother's talents to use, don't I? :)
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
my sewing doesn't look very pretty either! though it is strong!
@mssnow (9493)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I can sew on buttons and sew hem. I dont really like to sew and would never sew a whole outfit. i tried that in school and had to do the zipper over and over and over again and still didn't get it right. I have no patience lol
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
i hear zippers are really hard - I haven't done one because of it!
@lexus54 (3576)
• Singapore
18 Apr 08
Do you believe that I can sew? You might not expect this from a guy unless his profession is a tailor (which I am not...I'm an IT person), but I am comfortable with handling a sewing machine and sewing needles. At home, I have a Singer sewing machine, and every now and then, I will take it out to do some sewing. Well, I don't cut my own cloth and sew shirts, pants and coats, but mostly I just alter my own clothes, be it shirts or pants. Once I also bought some cloth and sewed a curtain for one of my bedrooms. It turned out as good as any the curtain shop can do. Now I am thinking of doing it again for another of my bedrooms, and also planning to sew my own quilt cover cos I can't find something that I like in the shops.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
yup i do believe it! i just responded to the post above you about it!
• Pakistan
18 Apr 08
yeah i know. i think it would seem some odd for a guy to know sewing. this is because i heve been to hostel where all you have to do for yourself..... whenever a button of my shirt stitches off i sew it myself...
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
that is good for guys to sew :) they actually did a feature on the news once of the pittsburgh steelers players tailoring their own uniforms, so i don't think its less masculine.
@subha12 (18452)
• India
18 Apr 08
i know it actually. that too from very early age, actually i can say that i enjoy it too much. actually it gives me pleasure to make something of my own. now i do not get much time but i still enjoy.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
i don't think there is such a thing of enjoying something too much.
@hairypits (294)
18 Apr 08
I really enjoy sewing. I make all my own curtains and soft furnishings, alter my own clothes etc. I save so much money doing it myself. The only prob I have these days is time - I have two sons 16 months and 2 and a qtr, so don't get much time to myself! And when I do I'm shattered. I invested in a sewing machine 4 years ago for about £50 in a soft furnishings store that was closing down. It was a £200 machine! But it was worth every penny x
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
It's really hard to do much with little kids!
@MGjhaud (22329)
• Philippines
18 Apr 08
I know how to do it by hand but using a sewing machine, I just can't. My mother has a sewing machine and I've tried so many times learning how to control my feet and my hands but I just can't. I'm also afraid that the needle might include my fingers hahaha.. Anyway, I've tried crocheting too but no luck again. I know how to do cross-stitching though. I'm good at that. I've made those super large size angels and it's really cute.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I've had a heck of a time w/the machines also - I think now they make them easier to use but i don't sew enough to justify buying one!
@sid556 (30989)
• United States
18 Apr 08
I don't sew a lot anymore but I used to. My grandmother taught me to sew when I was in 3rd grade. In 5th grade, I was in a 4H and I sewed a dress that I won a blue ribbon on in a fair. I used to sew many of my own clothes. When I had my children, I made many of their clothes. Now days , I just don't seem to have the time. I get in moods sometimes and sew but not too often.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
it does take a lot of time! sometimes i've noticed too its actually more expensive if you were to make stuff for the cost of materials alone vs. a shirt on the clearance rack or thrift store!
18 Apr 08
My grandma raised me, and one of the skills that she taught me at a very early age was sewing and knitting. We used to sit for hours when i was a very young child, doing tapestry or cross-stitch together, and if i was to knit, my Nan would cast on for me, and id just do the easy bit. She also taight me to use a sewing machine, and i made a few easy items such as pillow cases and quilt covers myself. I'm really ashamed to say though, now at 27 years old, i'm absolutely terrible at sewing!If only i could remember back to how my Nan taught me, and find the patience to stick at it ~ but the older i've got the less patience and the more clumsy i have become :( My Nan actually gave me her old sewing machine last year ~ the same one she taught me on all those years ago. It makes me feel sad now, actually, thinking about it,, becuase Nan would like me to enjoy using it like i used to, and i honestly just cant remember how. I hope i will re-learn someday soon, and maybe i can run up some curtains for the new house my fioance and i have bought.. especially with how expensive it is these days having curtains made up for you by the shop. xxxx
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
My grandma was like that too...i was cross stitching and crocheting and i really enjoyed it. i too now am terrible at it though!
@missbdoll (1168)
• Australia
18 Apr 08
I just love to sew, I've done it since I was very young, but latelle the only things I get to do is repait stuuf, I donn't have the time for the more creative stuff anymore.I used to make and design dolls colthes and make Teddy bears, I do miss not having th time for this anymore.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
i love handmade teddybears...it is funny how we run out of time for everything
• Pakistan
17 Apr 08
I know a little yet i love to do it but my health does not allow me to sit on machine that long otherwise i sew handbags and even sold them on good prices.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
it does take a lot of time!
• United States
17 Apr 08
I love to sew! I've been making little quilts, doll clothes, bags, etc. since I was little. Now, I only have time for Halloween costumes and the occasional costume for a school play. My grandmother worked in a factory sewing clothes and cushions. When not working she made quilts and all her own clothes. My mom also sews costumes and some home dec. projects. It's more of a hobby for me. I find it really fun planning the sewing project and feel proud when I finish it.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
you should be proud of that! it's not easy work!
@whywiki (6070)
• Canada
17 Apr 08
I wish I could sew, I am a miserable failure when it comes to sewing. My aunts and my sister are all whizzes but I just can't get the hang of it. In theory it seems easy enough but when I attempt a project it turns out just horrible. I am limited to buttons and rips other than that forget it I am an useless seamstress.
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
that's okay! you are not the only one! it is very hard to do anything very complicated!
@checapricorn (16065)
• United States
17 Apr 08
I find it very interesting. I grew up seeing my mom making dress, pants, skirt by just sewing and I always wanted to learn. But, we never had that time also to sit down and teach me! I never learned it and always wanted too. I can do cross stitching but what I wanted to learn is how to make my own blouse! i do know if I will ever get a chance to learn this skill!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I would like to learn too - it seems to be a dying skill. they tried teaching us in home ec and i really liked it but since then haven't done much!
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
17 Apr 08
My mother had her own business and so at a very young age I was always around sewing machines. I found them very fascinating but I wasn't really allowed near them too often because I was quite young but I did learn to sew and darn. I enjoy sewing but don't like to do anything too intricate. So now all I do is darn and sew on buttons but I am amazed at how few people can do even these simple tasks! I find it is relaxing until I have to try and thread that needle, my eyes aren't quite what they used to be any more!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
threading the needle was always hard for me too - eventually I gave up and bought those really big needles, lol.
• United States
17 Apr 08
I love to sew! (It helps, since I am a quilter by trade...) Granted, I hate garment sewing, I only like making quilts. Silly right? LOL Try running a quilting business from your own home with 5 kids ages 12 and under! LOL I think I have lost my mind!
@vera5d (4006)
• United States
19 Apr 08
I love quilts! We have one on my bed I've had for almost 16 years now!! I wouldn't trade it for any fancy blanket in the world! It is my grown-up "blankie!" I really wish I could have learned how to quilt - I've done some "patchwork" type projects - like bags & pants & whatnot but by no means would I say they are very good! Maybe the quilting is what kept you from losing your mind? lol.
@chrislotz (8200)
• Canada
20 Apr 08
I know how to sew and i used to sew all my clothes and my kids clothes, when they were younger. But as time went on and they got older they wanted store bought clothes and it became a big conflict in our household. So I eventually quit sewing their clothes and eventually quit sewing my own. Besides, today it is more expensive to sew your own clothes than it is to buy them. I still do quite a bit of knitting because it is more a pass time for me than it is economical.