One of the things I love to hear around Christmas time, is all of the new people who receive sewing machines under the Christmas tree. I think back to when I first started sewing, and what joy it has brought me in the many years to come. I also remember just how difficult everything seemed when I was starting out. Simply sewing a straight line would result in bunched up thread and tears. Since then, I have learned much – but there was a learning curve that I couldn’t have overcome without the help of others.
Be a Sewing Encourager.
There is no greater joy I receive now than when I get e-mails from old friends, like this one more than 2 years ago:
I’m so proud of myself (hee hee) it’s just some headbands and hairclips but it’s something to keep my mind working. I am also going to try to learn how to sew. You have really inspired me to be more creative. I was going to try to start with a teething guard for Lina’s crib but there are so many fabric choices out there I can’t decide! I’m telling you I have no idea how you do it with 3 kids though! You must be wonder woman or drink lots of coffee! I miss you. – Amy, Little Lina’s Luxuries
Amy is my old roommate back from living in NYC days, when 3 of us girls shared a 1 bedroom apartment above the famous Elaine’s Restaurant. Life couldn’t have been more thrifty and fun, and I am so thankful I got to share that experience with her. To know that she has since picked up sewing, and is now loving it…well, it makes my heart burst.
I also get the most awesome comments from readers sometimes, that absolutely make my day:
I made this today and it looks great! I am so happy I found this website, it is FILLED with simple projects, like this one, fit just perfect for a 12 year old! (like me). Thanks so much for taking the time to make this tutorial, Jess!!! – Eliana, in response to the Elsa Costume DIY
Somehow, some way through the miracle of the internet I helped a 12 year old girl sew her own Elsa Costume. That is just about the coolest thing I have ever done on this blog, in my humble opinion.
But you don’t need a blog to be a sewing encourager.
Picture this – you just received your very first sewing machine. You finally decide upon a sewing project that seems achievable, and screw up the courage to make your way into the fabric store. Now you are faced with bolts upon bolts of fabric you have never seen before. And the ladies who work there are backed up cutting fabric for a line that never ends. PANIC. It all starts to look the same, so you just grab something – anything – and make your way to the line.
As an experienced seamstresses, we all know how this probably ends. The wrong fabric can absolutely ruin your project, and often discourage you from ever sewing again.
The thing is, we have all seen this person at the fabric store.
He or she is usually the person staring at the same aisle for more than 10 minutes. She might even have a paper pattern clutched in her hands, and she is desperately trying to decipher the secret code on the back to determine what she needs. She looks a little lost. This is such a pivotal moment in a new seamstress’s life. A kind word or offer of help in this moment alone can be the difference in a future love for sewing or giving up.
We just need to take a moment to look up sometimes. To not be so busy ourselves, trying to make our own way through the fabric store, that we forget there are others there who might benefit from our knowledge.
Don’t feel confident enough to help someone with knowledge? How about a smile? Or sharing a coupon? Or even just asking someone what they are making. Little things like that can make a huge difference in someone’s life. The sewing world is small, yet oh so friendly. And you would be amazed at the friends you can make once you realize you share a common love for the same craft.
So go ahead – be an ENCOURAGER in the New Year.
I was lucky enough to have my Mom, who flew over to visit me in Germany, to be the difference in my sewing life. As well as the few sewing blogs that were around when I started, that helped me grow into the seamstress I am today. You never know when YOU will be that difference in somebody else’s life.
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…