Where have all the sewing machines gone?

We are moving with professional movers for most of our shipment this time.  One of our movers commented to me that up until about 10 years ago, he used to move a sewing machine in every shipment.  Now he rarely sees any at all.  I made up for a couple of shipments with mine, but I thought it was a sad observation.  I hope that DIY, Project Runway, and other such shows will inspire a new generation of home sewers.  I know that the number of quality fabric stores has declined dramatically in the last 10 years as well.  How many of us try to create unique, well-fitting clothing ourselves? We are becoming slaves to and dependent on the Walmart “Made in China” label and “No Sew” projects.

I am probably preaching to the choir here, but it does tell us how important it is that we continue to try to pass these skills on to the next generation.  We need to wrestle or entice our youth away from their socially networked computers and show them how to use a different computer – a sewing machine, which can be used for creativity as well as productivity.  Let us keep developing our own skills, and reaching out to others as well.

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