If you’ve just bought one of our refurbished sewing machines, why not join in with National Sewing Month?
The celebration of all things needle and thread is an American initiative promoted by the Sewing & Craft Alliance in partnership with the American Sewing Guild. It began in 1982 when the then President Ronald Reagan declared September as the sewing month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our nation”.
The organisers say it presents the perfect opportunity to indulge a passion for sewing or introduce yourself to the craft if you’re a newbie – or the recent purchaser of one of our refurbished sewing machines! Free sewing projects and guidelines for sewing, craft and applique and embroidery articles are available on the Sewing & Craft Alliance website (www.sewing.org)
Sewing, the organisers reckon, is creative, therapeutic and calming, and its effects can be celebrated all year.
Ways to get involved include:
- Teaching a member of your family or a friend to sew
- Volunteering your time at a voluntary organisation to teach sewing
- Sew more often – find a new project, start making your own clothes or do some repairs that you have been putting off
- Sign up for some sewing classes
- Create your own sewing group or circle – it’s much easier to learn (and fun to do) if you have company.
You can’t accuse sewing of not moving with the time, as free projects for September include a sew your own Kindle cover and a 1 in a Minion quilt.
Themes for past years have included Go Green, Sew Green, which encouraged people to use organically-grown fabrics and to re-use, re-make and restyle. Here at Sewing4Everyone, we definitely encourage reusing and refurbished sewing machines, so fabric scraps used for contrasting pockets or applique work well here, as does snipping buttons from old jackets to use on a new suit.
Sewing isn’t just fun, though. It can be a terrific way to save money. Hemming skirts and trousers, replacing buttons or zips, and repairing rips and tears are a better way to budget than buying new items (and then adding to landfill). And it’s always wonderful to create or recreate something through sewing. The results can be dramatic, and that can be with just a few hours spent on your refurbished sewing machine.
We hope you find some way to celebrate National Sewing Month!