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Date: 3/8/13 2:44 AM

Today my grand daughter who is in graduate school wrote on Facebook that she is thankful for her new sewing skills and my ex-sewing machine.My 30 yr old daughter who is a screenwriter posted that she was thrilled that she got a sewing machine.These are very trendy young ladies.Could it be that they've had it with endlessly shopping for good,well made clothes that don't exist?I started imagining how amazing it would be if all the 20 and 30 somethings in silent rebellion at the clothing industry,learned to sew.They would set a standard that value depends on quality not labels They would consider factory clothes shoddy imitations of style.That would be a real revolution and they would have acquired a skill their great grandmothers would be proud of.We hear a great deal these days about re-skilling, going local,self-sufficiency,going green.
Maybe this is what it looks like.I say Bravo.Have you noticed a new interest in sewing among the younger women you know?

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Date: 3/8/13 10:29 AM

:) Yes. There is interest. I sold my Babylock old mechanical to a friend who wanted it for her daughter, newly married and with a brand new little girl to sew for. The daughter is delighted - she is probably about 28. My DD in her mid thirties just learned to sew a few years back so she could make a Vogue designer pattern. She sure did a good job. My sons are interested as are many young people who use sewing for crafts, and various things out of sewing - like scrap-booking. Once you get a machine though you become addicted to using it, eh?

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Date: 3/8/13 12:48 PM

My daughter is 22. She is in grad school now but never showed an interest in sewing at all when she was young. She called me last week and asked me to teach her to sew over the summer when she is home. Too funny. If she is still interested by summer, I certainly will try. Maybe this is a trend now.

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Date: 3/8/13 1:20 PM

I think this is true-younger people are adding in sewing to the list of crafty things which are trendy right now. I also hope that it shows we are all getting tired of the same choices in stores across the world. Not only are all the clothes similar, but none are very well made.

we all love putting our own stamp on a particular pattern and I think younger people want that individuality in their clothing too.

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Date: 3/8/13 3:15 PM

I'm under 30 and sew. Although (rebel i know) i don't use a machine. I hand sew.

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Date: 3/8/13 6:45 PM

I'm 23 and have been sewing since high school, though I just recently started making clothes - prior, I focused on stuffed animals and handbags. Personally, I started making clothes when I didn't like what I was finding in stores. Either it didn't fit right (jeans - my current project/obsession) or it was to skimpy, tight, flashy, etc. I'm much happier knowing I can make almost whatever I want.

I've noticed a lot of friends (and friends of friends) say that they're going to learn to sew, or that they are sewing, but they get about as far as threading a machine, then lose interest. Or they lose interest as soon as their first project doesn't work quite right or isn't the 'perfect in an instant' experience they were expecting.

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Date: 3/8/13 7:48 PM

My daughter learned to trace patterns and cut for me when she was in high school - it was a bargain, she would cut what she wanted and I would sew. She got a good used machine in her mid 20s and decided to sew her way. With Sew Stylish magazine and some cool ideas she embarked on the journey to forge her sewing identity - hip, cool, trendy and not as meticulous as my work.

I didn't want to frustrate her with a bunch of sewing rules that would just be frustrating so I made a conscious effort to only offer advice when asked. The first dress she made was a knit summer shift with horizontal stripes, she figured out how to add a shelf bra and was thrilled with it. It had a raw edge instead of a hem, the stripes didn't match and it didn't matter.

So my advice to those of you with family members new to sewing - proceed with caution and let them explore, learn at their own pace and remember that there are no sewing police to write tickets for sewing sins.

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Date: 3/8/13 8:25 PM

Good for you, I appreciate your observations.Being patient with learning a new skill is hard for younger people I think .Everything has been so geared towards instant from pudding to credit cards.What is missing for your friends is the so called home skills tradition,where they grew up seeing the adults taking time to make something because it was worth it to them.Along with this was a kind of standardization of clothing,,though trendy and some what unpredictable,always important to socially conform to. So confidence in one's own take on fashion is also hard. Sewing circles and quilting bees were one way of supporting each other,making sewing less tedious and socializing.Learning from each other and sharing knowledge in a hands on way is so natural to people.Maybe there will be a move towards that,if everyone can just slow down a little.

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Date: 3/8/13 8:27 PM

I love the thought that a new generation will get the sewing passion! We could all learn so much from their fresh perspectives.

My daughter, 22, likes reaping the benefits of my sewing. While she did learn to sew PJs in school, it only took in that she repairs anything and knits and crochets. She keeps her hand in with basic projects that give her pleasure. My DD has simple tastes and is not as interested in clothes as I am. To each her own.

My grandmother was a whiz-bang pro of a sewer and made her living as a sample maker in NYC for pricey designers. She sewed most of my mom's clothes and she was voted best dressed in her class during the 1940s. She had perfection handed to her and my sense is why would she want to sew herself? My mom prefered to knit and quilt, things that didn't much interest my grandmother. For our family, it's nothing to do with trends, but appears to be alternating generations.

I teach 8th graders to sew and they love making PJs. They wear them a lot, but I don't sense that they are burning with desire to sew more right now. Maybe it will lie dormant for a while? When they get to their 20s or 30s, I'd be thrilled to have them sewing again with pleasure.

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Date: 3/8/13 9:10 PM

One of the local shops does classes on a number of different things but mainly quilting and machine embroidery. The owner said that she's been getting a fair number of younger people coming in saying that they want to learn to sew but NOT QUILTS!

Luckily she's primarily a garment sewer so if somebody wants a class on garment sewing she'll do one for as few as two, yes 2, people.

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