Inspiring My Mother to Sew

I went to a sewing retreat that was sponsored by Baby Lock recently and it happened to be in my home town of St. Louis. After the event, I stayed over for a visit with my family.


My mother in her new skirt!


The second of the three skirts
that Mom made last week. 

I shared with my mother downloadable patterns that I had received from participants at the retreat, and showed her a quick knit skirt that I had serged. My nieces were there and also fascinated by all the new sewing supplies, and I asked my mother if she had been teaching them to sew.

She said that she just didn't have the time, and I found myself giving her a firm lecture, much like those she had given me over the years. I said that the only way to find time was to schedule it. If not now, when?

To my shock, it worked. The next time I saw her, she said that she had completed three sewing lessons with my nieces, made two skirts for them, and three for herself, all in the space of about three weeks.

The occasion of seeing her was an extraordinarily happy one. We were visiting my sister and her newly arrived son. Each day my mother wore a new skirt, and she looked so fresh and youthful, an echo of the happy time,  in them that I asked if she would mind to make an appearance in my blog.

My mother has sewn all of her life, and has excellent sewing and couture skills, but she hasn't sewn much recently. It was such a thrill to re-ignite her passion for sewing, especially since she ignited mine in the first place. I learned so much about sewing from my mother, and I was happy to give something back and encourage her to pass it on to her grandchildren.

To see her embrace the new world of downloadable patterns and quick projects was wonderful. She even pulled out an old unfinished alphabet cross stitch quilt from when my brother was born 36 years ago, and made her way through more of the letters. Maybe this time it will actually be used by her new grandson!  

For lots of projects to re-ignite your creativity, from sewing to embroidery to needlework and more, check out our sister publication PieceWork.

Have you inspired another generation, older or younger, to sew. I would love to know!

Happy stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

6 thoughts on “Inspiring My Mother to Sew

  1. i cant wait til January 2015. My oldest grand daughter wants to learn to sew and i told her i would teach her when she turns 8. i’ve only helped adults learn more about sewing. i’ve never taught from the beginning. Exciting and scary at the same time. i want to have a plan for teaching her so we dont miss any steps.

  2. i cant wait til January 2015. My oldest grand daughter wants to learn to sew and i told her i would teach her when she turns 8. i’ve only helped adults learn more about sewing. i’ve never taught from the beginning. Exciting and scary at the same time. i want to have a plan for teaching her so we dont miss any steps.

  3. Yes, I have. The last few years at my church I taught girls and young women to sew. I was blessed to have had sewing machines donated, so no one had to wait for an empty machine, and I also had friends who donated fabric! It has been more of a blessing to me than I can say! I hope to continue doing this even after I retire and we move to our property up north (we are in AZ).

  4. This summer I have taught three of my grandchildren to sew…8 year old twin boys and 10 year old Anna…..and they were so excited and dedicated that the first sitting was 4 hours long! The boys started with patchwork pillows which gave them lots of straight line sewing practice. Choosing their own fabrics from my extensive stash was definitely part of their fun. Anna started with a patchwork quilt, lap size, and is now choosing fabrics for a bed quilt. We just might have some life long seamstresses like their grandma.

  5. I am Mercedes in Portland Oregon. As all of our children and grandchildren live so far away we adopted a young family with two daughters and a son. Two years ago I gave each of the girls a beginner sewing machine and they have taken it to heart from doll clothes to now doing their own clothes. Last Christmas one of each of the girls Christmas presents were substantial gift cards to JoAnn Fabric. Oh the smiles when they opened up those gifts. I paint on silk and teaching then to do neat things with the fabric and how to do other neat embellishments as well.
    Love your articles.

  6. When you mentioned your mother doing the alphabet cross stitch quilt she began 36 years ago, I did a quick calculation – aha! 1978. I made two of these in 1978 for daughters of two friends born in 1978 (daughters, not friends). They were on assorted coloured gingham squares and the pattern may have been from a McCall’s Needlework book (not positive). They looked great but now, I don’t know where I got the motivation and energy to do them. Then I made them each a Holly Hobby wall hanging!

    Kathryn

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