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The Many Benefits of Sewing Your Own Clothes

Aug 17, 2007
Learning to sew can have a great many benefits. Not only is sewing an old time craft with a rich heritage, but it also has many applications today. Developing a skill for sewing can be helpful in your life, and can provide many benefits. Learning to sew your own clothes can save you money, as well as help you develop a sense of pride and accomplishment.

Sewing is an ancient art. It was used thousands and thousands of years ago to stitch together blankets, and it was used to create coverings for the human body. With the advent of the sewing machine, sewing became much easier and efficient. Clothing could be mass produced in factories, keeping the costs down. But it was also easier for individual persons to make their own clothing with sewing machines. In the early days of our country, and among the frontier people of the mid 1800s through the Depression, it was not uncommon for most of the clothing worn to be sewn at home.

You can sew your own clothing as well. With a few lessons on a sewing machine, you will be proficient enough to make simple things like skirts, pants, and shirts. With a lot of practice, it is even possible to make more beautiful clothing like wedding dresses. Sewing your own clothes can be less expensive than buying them at the store, in many cases. Although this may not be true when you purchase at a discount or thrift store, it is almost always true when you decide to sew a fancy dress or gown.

Even if you do not save money by sewing your own clothes, there are still other benefits to sewing clothing. First of all, it does provide one with a sense of pride. It is nice to be able to take care of your own needs, and there is a sense of accomplishment that comes with being able to make something of your own. The feelings of self accomplishment are very nice. Additionally, it makes a good hobby. You can sew your own clothes to take up time and fill idle hours. Plus, if you sew your own clothes, you can get what you want in color, size, and style.

One of the biggest benefits to learning to sew your own clothes is the fact that it helps you become more self reliant. Rather than having to rely on the store, you can make your own coverings. If a catastrophe were to strike, and you were unable to get to a store, being able to make your own clothing would be a benefit. Even without electricity, you can still use many sewing machines. Most of them today have some sort of manual options that does not require electricity.

So, no matter why you do it, there are plenty of benefits associated with sewing your own clothes. Whether you do it to save money, for fun, for the self fulfillment, or to be prepared in case of an emergency, sewing your own clothes can be a good idea.
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