I’ve had to quit sewing. It grieves me to say this, because I learned to sew at an early age and always enjoyed designing and making my own clothes, albeit not perfectly. I love fabric……the feel, the drape, the tactile comfort and beauty of it. And that is exactly why I’ve had to quit sewing. There is none to be found anymore.
I live in the suburbs of a fairly large city. I grew up here, moved away, came back. There were always a multitude of good fabric stores, it was the fabrics themselves that inspired me. Now there is only one good fabric store left……and though there is quality material to be found there, my taste simply differs, so I rarely buy there. The only time I sew now is the occasional Dharma Trading Company undyed linen or silk, or by gleaning used garments from Goodwill and dismantling them. I don’t buy from online fabric websites because it is impossible to tell the drape from a little 4×4 inch fabric swatch, and it’s the drape of fabric that attracts me.
The only fabric stores left around here carry just junk, I mean, hideous cheap fabrics like you imagine in a 3rd world country. Hancock Fabrics makes me nauseous…..I don’t even dare check out a JoAnn’s,. It is bad enough having to go into such places for notions now and then. All you can find around here is Dritz, and Dritz is crap! Take a look at the photo of the safety pin. That is typical Dritz. Apparently they know they can make notions cheaper and junkier all the time because they have NO competition! Anywhere you go, all you find is Dritz. If Dritz doesn’t make cotton twill tape, well, forget it, you’re screwed.
Sorry about this rant! But I am broken-hearted to realize the enjoyment I had from sewing will probably never happen again in my lifetime, and just needed to vent to someone out there who might understand. If you want to do me a favor, please write to Hancock Fabrics and tell them they need to carry better fabrics. And decent notions……not just Dritz!!!!