Archive for Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

October 25, 2006

I so often hear "Oh I wish I could sew."

Well, any time is a good time to start; one is never too old to begin and it is such a wonderful hobby to have, especially as one grows older. With the family gone and time on your hands, there are endless uses for sewing talents. Groups of ladies have for years and years -- probably since the beginning of time -- gotten together in their little groups, their little sewing circles to sew, to weave and to create. First they even had to make their cloth.

I sometimes ask, "When did you learn to sew?"

I've gotten some very interesting reasons as to when but also as to why. The cutest, I think, was the young lady who had married a farm boy for whom she had sewn buttons to clothing and that was all.

His mom had offered to "patch those jeans for you son."

He answered his mom with "No, Mary can do that now. Thanks anyway mom."

"To make a long story short, I just 'fessed up. We all laughed. His mom offered to teach me. At first I was so clumsy, even shed some tears. Soon just loved to sew."

Another said, "The kids were all in school. My Grandmother offered me her machine, even taught me. Now as I think of the garments I used to pitch for torn button holes, etc., that I now can fix. What I save on mending alone is a bundle.

Another: "Here we were, my cousin and I all grown up out in the business world, and how shocked I was to learn she was making all of her classy cute outfits for a fraction of what I was paying for mine. Oh yes, I soon learned to sew, with her help.

A good way to start: just re-sew those seams when the thread breaks, sew buttons back on. If you don't have a sewing machine, get one even at a garage sale, very few sewing machines ever wear out. And those older ones, many times, are better than newer ones.

So stop saying "I wish" and just "do it."

Cut your thread on a slant, and wear a thimble. And have fun.

Bye now and God bless.

-- Aunt Norse, P.O. Box 265, Tonganoxie 66086,

auntnorie@bdc.net.

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