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Celebrate National Sewing Month


September is National Sewing Month.

September is National Sewing Month.

Photo: NationalSewingMonth.org

National Sewing Month
The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” Much has changed in the world of home and professional sewing over the years, and I believe the reasons we sew change as our lives evolve. At different times we may sew to save money, or to make one-of-a-kind garments, or perhaps to express our creative side, or a host of other reasons. For me the reasons changed as I got older and my life's situation changed (single, married, mother, etc.).

Threads 25th Anniversary
In conjunction with the Threads 25th anniversary, our editor, Deana Tierney May, asked our readers to write about why they sew. Many of you did just that, and the stories were heartfelt. You can read some of them in the "Letters" department of our current issue (No. 151, November 2010). Deana will share additional letters in future issues throughout the rest of our anniversary year. Most of the letters were quite lengthly and filled with nostalgic comments about the writer's personal growth as a sewer. Each shared a different perspective about the many reasons we sewers sew.

The Same Question With a Twist
I'm asking the same question Deana asked--with a twist. Please tell us IN FIFTEEN WORDS OR LESS why you sew. I'm not asking about how you got to where you are today as a sewer. I'm asking why you sew today. What motivates you? What inspires you? What pleases you? What excites you? You get the idea. I had to think about this for a long time before being able to condense the reasons I sew into a mere 15 words. It's not as easy as it seems, but it's an interesting exercise that I think is worth doing. For me the introspective thinking helped me appreciate my sewing moments even more than before. Try it, and share with us.

Why I Sew
Here are my 15 words to get you started:
Sewing releases my mind from life's daily demands and stresses while providing personal creative expression.

In FIFTEEN words or less, please tell us why you sew.

amm April M. Mohr, contributor
Posted on Sep 7th, 2010 in sewing

Comments (17)

AUniqueDesigns2010 AUniqueDesigns2010 writes: I sew because it gives my life purpose and a feeling of accomplishment.
Posted: 9:39 am on September 22nd

EQOnlineFabricStore EQOnlineFabricStore writes: I sew to make a great garment that fits me well or fits someone else in my family well.
Posted: 6:30 pm on September 14th

jlynn jlynn writes: I sew, sew I am.
Posted: 8:12 pm on September 13th

1MexicanStew 1MexicanStew writes: I sew in order not to kill! lol
Posted: 4:28 pm on September 12th

threadymade threadymade writes: Sewing is the only thing in my life that *stays* done after I do it.
Posted: 9:40 pm on September 10th

sewingkmulkey sewingkmulkey writes: Sewing takes me to a different place where I am both in charge and creative.
Posted: 10:44 am on September 10th

pcurr pcurr writes: Sewing is like taking a long winters nap, it is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Posted: 1:07 pm on September 9th

pcurr pcurr writes: Sewing is like taking a long winters nap, it is very relaxing and enjoyable.
Posted: 1:07 pm on September 9th

bakertoo bakertoo writes: I sew, inspired by beautiful, fun fabrics, to try creating wearable, well fitting, unique garments.
Posted: 12:12 pm on September 9th

GinnyLynn GinnyLynn writes: I sew to challenge my personal creative vision and "just do it" methodology.
Posted: 11:56 am on September 9th

Luxiraj Luxiraj writes: Sewing is Therapy for me, liberates me, soothes me and pampers me for more!
Posted: 11:41 am on September 9th

Cherlyn Cherlyn writes: I sew because I love to create my vision from a piece of fabric. I love to alter patterns so a little of my personality is reflected in the finished garment.
Posted: 9:08 pm on September 8th

Kate_W Kate_W writes: Creation, surprise! The process, the tools, fabric, texture, pattern, technique ... be it great or forgettable!
Posted: 8:11 pm on September 8th

jessdr jessdr writes: I sew because clothes should fit people's bodies, not vice-versa.
Posted: 3:28 pm on September 8th

TxMouse TxMouse writes: Sewing is sensual, creative, methodical and productive. I get all that in one project!
Posted: 12:44 pm on September 8th

Skycarl Skycarl writes: Let's me be creative with something I can use or share with others.
Posted: 6:52 am on September 8th

cloudyhn cloudyhn writes: I sew ... simply that I love to and upgrade my skills ... better and better everyday!!!
Posted: 3:10 pm on September 7th

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