When I first started sewing, I stared out of a desire to get a custom look for not a lot of money. I started sewing never imagining I would sew my own clothes one day. I mean that sounded old fashioned right? It didn’t seem like it was worth it to sew your own clothes. Many people I talked to that sewed all said, it’s just not worth it. I believed them then because it didn’t seem worth it. It did seem worth it however, to make curtains, pillow covers, wallets, purses, etc. They seemed like manageable projects. Sewing clothes? No way, not worth it!
That is until I had my little girl. Sewing clothes seemed a lot more worth it for a tiny little human. I could make cute things for a fraction of the price it was to buy it. That is what introduced me to the garment world. Once I began, I became addicted and all thoughts of was this worth it flew out of my head.
I think the “is it worth it” is different for everyone. Is it worth it to learn to sew? A resounding YES!! Now from there, I think the answer is different for everyone. You see, sewing isn’t this big scary hard thing. Yes it takes a whole lot of patience and practice, but once you learn, it become fun! I say it is worth it to learn to sew, for the mere idea that you can fix things instead of throwing them away. It takes hardly anything to mend a hole in some work jeans. Or restitch a seam that ripped. It takes hardly any skill and effort, yet being able to fix something, you would have otherwise thrown out, saves you tons of money. From there, in my opinion, it is worth it to go ever farther. True many times when you buy fabric for a project you spend close to, if not more, than what you would on a ready made item depending on the project. The difference however, is that you can make it custom to your liking. Custom to your body. The key there is CUSTOM. When you go to pay for a custom piece of clothing or home decor, you are going to pay way more than if you simply sewed it yourself even after buying the fabric. So yes, by the time I buy the fabric it may be cheaper to go to Target and buy that shirt that doesn’t fit right. But to me, it doesn’t make it worth it. It is worth it for me to put my time into sewing a shirt that I know fits good. The thing is, until I learned to sew my own clothes, I didn’t realize the fit I was missing out on. Now that I sew my clothes, I have no desire to buy ready made clothing because the fit is that much better. So I say yes, it is worth it. I look at it like am I spending the time shopping for that perfect garment, or spending the time sewing it. I choose sewing!
Is sewing worth it for you?:
- You want to learn a new skill or find a new hobby. Just learning how to sew out of the fun of it can be totally worth it if you want to try something new!
- Altering/Mending. Maybe you arn’t ready to jump into the full blown sewing clothes but you want your clothes to fit better. Maybe you are like me and your hips and bust are completely different making it hard to find clothes that fit nice. A simple straight line of stitches can fix your problem! It can be super easy to learn to take in areas of your clothes that don’t fit right giving you a much better fit. Mending is another really handy skill to have. A simple hole in the armpit or side seam can be easily fixed giving new life once again to a garment!
- Gift Giving. Gift giving can become expensive depending on what you are planning to give! I love making handmade gifts because you can usually give a lot more for less, plus it is custom made! You can do a simple burp rag all the way to a handmade shirt! The sky is the limit when you know how to sew a straight line!
- Saving Money: Now it totally depends on what you are planning to sew and what kind of fabric you buy if it saves you money. A pair of underwear or toddler garment most likely will save you money. Something big like curtains in expensive fabric probably will cost you money. There are plenty of ways however to save money when sewing. Like gift giving, or upcycling clothes found at thrift stores, or buying garments in larger sizes and using the fabric for kids clothes. The list goes on and on for ways to save money.
- Sewing for your style or body: Maybe you have a body type that is hard to shop for. Or maybe its hard to find clothes you like. I love sewing because I can sew fashionable things that fit inside my modesty convictions. It’s so frustrating to go to the store and fall in love with a garment only to try it on and it is way too short. Being able to sew clothes to EXACTLY my liking makes it totally worth it for me!
- Sanity Saver: Creating and sewing are my happy place. With the demands of life and being a stay at home mom, I find my “therapy” is sewing. Creating something with my own two hands brings a pride that makes it all so worth it!!
What about you?! If you already sew, I would love to hear what makes it worth it to you!! Add to my list!!