Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Here's The Thing About Sewing

You waste a LOT of fabric.  I mean, I am a little bit of a fabric hoarder.  Neat and tidy and organized by color and fabric type.  But I tend to save a lot more than I really should.  But this giant pile didn't even make me blink.  It all had to be pitched.  Too tiny and skinny and just not worth saving.  Honestly, nothing in this pile can be re-used.

You also spend twice as much.  Not always.  There are the rare moments when sewing things yourself does save you $.  But in general, when you make something yourself that is readily available for purchase elsewhere, you are going to spend more than if you just bought it the first time you saw it.  Materials are not cheap.  And see above about how much is wasted. 

It takes a LOT of time.  Even if you are an experienced sewer, everything takes at least twice as long as you think it will.  I can go months without having an issue with my machine.  And then poof...in one night I can break a dozen needles and end up in a puddle of tears because none of my machines will work correctly.  The beeping of my Singer is like nails on a chalkboard.  Shrill and usually for an unknown reason.

Don't get me wrong, I love to sew and create things.  I find a lot of joy in making something that began as a random idea and results in a fun, tangible gift.  But it's not exactly easy peasy lemon squeezy all the time either.  It's cheaper and faster to just buy something at the mall.  Homemade gifts are about the love. 

Ugh...but the fabric waste does irk me.  I wish I could think of something to do with the piles the end up in the trash.


Kirstin @ Hello Kirsti said...

amen to all of the above sister!
Now that I'm learning my new serger (Turned out my grandmother never uses the one my mom got her like 7 years ago so I got that from her for xmas, score!) I find these super tiny pieces are good for serger testing since it's chopping off the edge each run. But other than that yeah it's tough you only need so much test fabric.

A.D. said...

Didn't you make a fabric wreath out of scraps once before? I remember thinking it was really cute!
Another sewing blog I read puts her scraps in one of those suet cage things and the birds use them for their nests. She probably has the prettiest bird nests around :)!

Just Add Walter said...

I waste a lot of fabric but I think it is because I don't know what I'm doing.

Molly said...

I use fabric scraps shredded into tiny pieces for stuffing little toys and sachets and decorative pillows. You can mix it in with some cotton/fiberfill for better texture.

caknitter said...

Girl, you are playing my tune when it comes to sewing. I go through the same thing of not knowing what to do with the scraps. Saving them takes up room, but then I convince myself I'll use them to make decorative flowers on t-shirts.
In the end, it's all about the joy of sewing.


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