Knowing how to sew has become a lost art. So much so, that whenever someone hears for the first time that you indeed have this talent the responses are pretty awesome. It often starts with the look of disbelief or awe, and then is followed up with a comment that leaves me (or the average seamstress) scrambling for a response. After polling some of my seamstress friends for their favorite responses, I have come up with the 8 most often heard comments from our non-sewing peers.
1. You MADE that?!!
Ok, this has got to be my number 1 response. It usually comes with that look of disbelief that I mentioned earlier. No, I am not lying…yes – I actually did MAKE this. (Not that they are insinuating a lie – but is it really so impossible to believe that someone would sew up a shirt or dress?). Once again…lost art. But the following responses are what often comes AFTER this initial reaction.
2. If only I had the time…
This is assuming that I have too much time on my hands, or perhaps you lead a busier life than I do. NOT. We all lead busy lives, we simply MAKE the time for what is important to us. Yours might be shopping / exercise / or learning a new language, my favorite hobby happens to be sewing.
3. I have this pair of pants I need hemmed…
(Face Palm). Really? It costs $10 at your local dry cleaners more often than not. I can point you in their direction.
4. A couple of days later I get an email with photos of clothes they love but are more money than they want to spend. How much would it cost for you to make them?
People, people, people. The average non-sewist has NO IDEA how much time, money and effort goes into making clothes. It is often MUCH cheaper to just buy it. And that is not even including our wage per hour if we were to make it – fabric alone is $$$. We do it for the love, not to save money. But still, this is a super tricky one to answer and can sometimes result in friendships being lost if not handled appropriately. The way I handle it??? I’m sorry, I don’t do custom orders. End of sentence. Want a laugh? See this funny article by Alida Makes on how to lose a friend who sews in 5 steps.
Actually, this one I usually say a resounding YES to!!! You know the saying, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.” – Maimonides
Yeah, I just made that one up. I am a genius. Lol
6. My grandmother used to sew.
I love her already.
This is often followed up with a Facebook message a week later asking for a baby quilt in a couple of days for a baby shower they have coming up. Because it only takes a couple of hours to make one right?
7. Can you make one for me?
Sure. do you have $2 meeeeellion dollars? Lol
8. I saw these curtains in Anthropologie…
I hate sewing curtains. They quite honestly are the most detestable things I ever make. I would rather spend boatloads of money on the things then sew them myself. But hey – to each their own! My response? Fabric is actually way more expensive than one would think. Those curtains for $30 per panel is actually a pretty awesome deal. I say go for it. ($30 curtains at anthro – yeah right. Ok, that is probably more of a Target response).
In all fairness, most people are pretty impressed with your sewing machine prowess.
So take it in stride, know that you are pretty much the coolest person at the playground, and laugh the rest away. Now it’s your turn. I would love to hear some of the jaw-dropping responses YOU have gotten in the past. Lay ’em on me in the comments, give us all a good laugh today.