Although my sewing projects aren’t as frequent or as prevalent as they used to be, I still have respect for National Sewing Month this September. Because of my costuming work, I’m aware of how much work sewing is and I continue to advocate for artisans all over the world, no matter their medium. This belief is what makes National Sewing Month resonate with me even more. And, as a supporter of sustainability, I believe everyone should learn to sew. Like most people, you are probably very apprehensive to pick up a sewing needle and thread. To inspire you to pursue your inner sewing creativity, consider a few of these unique quotes to discover what possibilities may be in store for you (even if that means you only attempt to replace buttons on a shirt instead of taking it to a tailor).
“I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more.” ― Margaret Atwood, Alias Grace
“I am reminded that every day I have the chance to pick up a needle and some thread and add to the story. To stitch together something beautiful and unique, to patch a small scrap of fabric to the story, to the Story of God, that will be retold again and again for all of eternity.” ― Jerusalem Jackson Greer, A Homemade Year: The Blessings of Cooking, Crafting and Coming Together
“A good use for me is to let me go away with my sewing machine and come back with some really new stuff.” –Betsey Johnson
“Mama sewed the rags together, sewing every piece with love. She made my coat of many colors that I was proud of.”– Dolly Parton
From these quotes, I hope you’ve seen the beautiful inspiration and creations behind sewing. This craft has much more to it than you may realize, and these quotes perfectly illustrate how sewing and other crafts can resonate with our everyday lives. I hope from here, you’ll see clothing and sewing in a different light when you pick up thread and a hand-sewing needle.