Why Having a Sewing Machine Is Still Worthwhile
As years roll on and tech changes there are a lot of gadgets and pieces of tea which we have in the home that quickly become outdated. At one stage, the changing face of the world threatened the humble sewing machine and low cost clothing and a throwaway culture meant that this was something which no longer existed. In fact a number of sewing machine shops near me actually closed its doors some years ago in response to this. Thankfully however, besting machines and the use of them are making a big comeback and here is exactly why it is still worthwhile having a sewing machine at home.
When the world changed from a make-do and mend attitude to one which provided low cost clothes and textiles, we began to have a very damaging impact on the planet. We began to increase the number of miles which clothing traveled thus increasing carbon emissions, we have also got enormous factories around the world creating textiles and causing great problems to water supplies through its waste. All of this has had a damaging impact on the planet and it has created a culture whereby we throw clothing away with ease, creating even more unnecessary waste. With your sewing machine however you can repair clothes and make your own clothes which reduces this negative impact on the environment.
If you have skills when it comes to using the sewing machine then you can help others out or even turn this into a little side hustle. For example you could make curtains for people, make clothing adjustments for people or perhaps even make clothes from scratch. This year has shown us more than ever just how important it is to be able to change focus with regards to where you make your money and those who have some skills on the sewing machine have discovered that this is a great lane to work in, where you can make some nice cash on the side.
There are all manner of situations where we need to tweak a piece of fabric to fit, be it fabric for the home or for clothes. Perhaps you have lost weight but you don’t want to throw that dress away, or perhaps you have found a real bargain pair of jeans but they are just that little bit too long. Instead of paying to have these items fixed and changed, you will be able to alter them on your own. This may not seem like it will save you much money but the reality is that over time you will find that those little bits of cash which you would usually have spent on this will have been saved, and it’ll add up to quite a bit.
Don’t be hasty with that sewing machine, this is a gadget which your home can count on needing for a great number of years to come.
Gareth Willmot is a serial weird festival collector, coffee snob and a neurotic last-minute traveller who is passionate about marketing, ultramarathons and yoga.