To sew or not to sew?
This is a conundrum that has dogged me for most of my adult life. How do I fit sewing into my life?
The answer, like most decades-long conundrums, is not easy.
For many years, my husband and I went away for the weekend to a place where there was no Internet or phone. He would go out on the lake and fish, and I would sew all day and watch him drift aimlessly around the lake. (He never came back with anything but tales of the one that got away, I might add!)
Then our lifestyle shifted, and we drifted from being city dwellers with a weekend getaway to suburbanites with a house that demanded a lot of attention on the weekends. That really cut into my sewing time, so I started taking classes at a fashion design school.
The rigors of fashion design coursework definitely took my sewing up a notch, but it left little time for the creative sewing I had done back in the simpler days of life without home maintenance. When I am not taking classes, I find that I can go for weeks without working on a project. Life (and taking care of a home) just has a way of soaking up all that free time. And when I am not sewing regularly, I become very, very cranky.
I have tried getting up a half-hour earlier (too hard!), going to bed a half-hour later (too tired!), scheduling sewing time (I can’t stay on schedule!), and so many other clever ways that have worked for a bit and then not at all.
I had an acquaintance once who effortlessly turned out one couture garment after another. I knew that she had a busy life, and I asked her where she found the time. “Hand-sewing,” was her simple reply.
When I looked puzzled, she explained, “When you are sitting at a sewing machine, it’s all you can do. But if you are hand-sewing, you can take it anywhere: a soccer game, a doctor’s office, a long trip ….” She hand-stitched all of her seams and finishes. I couldn’t argue with the result.
The fact is, there are so many ways to fit sewing into one’s life, and what doesn’t work this year, may be just the ticket next year. Life is a shifting landscape, and sewing time can shift with it.
I am going to try that hand-sewing tip, because that is where the landscape of my life is now.
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What about you? How are you fitting sewing into your life? I would love to get some more ideas!
Happy stitching! (And I mean it!)