As we’re living in times where style is what you make it, and where looking different and unique is considered interesting, we see a rise of many new ”fashion designers”. That’s what I like to call anyone with a flair for design, sewing, or altering clothes for making them look unique, original and your own.
I came across an interesting article about a recent sewing machine boom, and I became intrigued to find out more. According to various sources, sales of sewing machines in countries like the UK have seen an increase of 200 per cent as compared to this time last year. Many stores which sell cheaper models have seen an increase in sales by 500 per cent, while slightly more expensive models, like Singer and Brother, are up by 50 per cent. Although I knew more and more people were getting into sewing, the figures did come as a surprise. A pleasant surprise.
How much do we know about sewing machines?
I grew up with sewing. I learnt sewing in school and our household always had a sewing machine.But while I might have received an education in sewing as part of my secondary schooling, it’s not commonplace to know how to sew or how to use a sewing machine.
Although not the first person to bring sewing machines to the masses, Isaac Singer (1811-1875) is one of the most well-know sewing machine makers of all time. The reason why his sewing machine became more popular than others of that time, is that it was more practical, and could be adapted to home use. And here we are now, almost two centuries later, sewing away with a Singer machine. Many other famous sewing machine brands existed alongside Singer and these too are manufactured to this date.
With today’s flimsy economy, more and more people have started paying attention to their expenditure, and with it we’ve seen a reduction in buying and an increase in making. Also, with programs like Project Runway, where contestants compete with each other to create the best looks, we’re able to get clearer picture of what sewing is all about and how anyone can start making their own clothes. I find the likes of Project Runway inspiring, and I think it can bring a spark to even the most disbelieving of home-sewing.
Making your own clothes is a great way to create your style. What could be better than being able to design and create your own look from the exact fabrics and materials you want? In addition, sewing machines can prove genious, when you want to tune and alter an existing piece by giving it your personal touch.
People tend to think that sewing is difficult, but when you get into it, it’s actually fairly easy, and a great way to spend your pass time. The best way to get started is to buy a few sewing magazines, such as Burda, which can provide you with the necessary guidance on how and where to start. And even though you are working with a peddle, this type of ”driving” does not require licence. So it really couldn’t be any simpler. Personally, I love sewing. It’s enjoyable and rewarding. So put your creativity on top gear and become a fashion designer of your own life.