|3 of my 5 sewing machines. 4 of them have to hit the road, Jack and don't come back.... no more, no more|
Sewing machines may go out of vogue but women still love to dress in style. Me thinks women will always like to dress in a classy mode. Soooo I got to thinking, "Who designs, sews and works in the fashion industry?" Answer..... people who know how to sew. If I had a child who had an interest in clothes design, I would encourage them to learn to sew and suggest fashion school. I bet there are more jobs waiting in the fashion industry than there are for a graduate in "woman's studies." Ha It's a tough economy today.... steer kids where the jobs are.
It seems like I always knew how to sew but then I taught myself tailoring. I would try on the most expensive, exclusive clothes in the swank shops in Minneapolis and produce a pad from my purse so I could sketch/copy the clothes in detail. This included type of stitches, gussets, kind of shoulder pads and any little detail. I'd go home and sew it. I sewed all my dance costumes, all my girls clothes and sport jackets for the boys. I had no desire to pursue it as a profession BUT if it had been in todays economy, I probably would have.
My son's friend, Andy, started sewing ski clothes for his friends because the commercial clothes were a bad fit. He expanded to all sport clothes and has a successful business called Outa Wear .
My favorite sport jacket is his design and I use his kayaking vest that is sooo snug that not a bit of breeze gets in when I'm on the water.
So.... I have to thread and try each machine to decide which one I'll keep and the others can take a trip to the thrift store. I was thinking of a "donation to charity yard sale" but even that sounds like too much work right now. Adios sewing machines.
Any of my bloggie friends own a sewing machine these days?