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Why everyone needs a sewing buddy

April 26, 2007

Because a sewing buddy:

  • Reminds you to prewash your fabric
  • Encourages you to get something cut out while prewashing fabric
  • Challenges you to sew more clothes for yourself than you do for others  (including doggie dresses)
  • Understands and doesn’t judge you for your love of fabric and need for more even though you haven’t sewn up what you already bought 
  • Teaches you tricks for figuring out how much your fabric shrinks
  • Shares her fitting books with you
  • Helps you to understand that sometimes it’s okay to (and that you should) pay for alterations because even though you can do it better yourself, you never will
  • Surprises you with a pattern she picked up for you because she knew you wanted it
  • Gives you someone to surprise with fabric in return because you know it’s the fabric that is “totally her”
  • Comes up with creative ideas for your projects that you wouldn’t have though of on your own
  • Is just a great friend to have because she’s a lot like you, yet different in so many other ways

For everyone that has a sewing buddy, either virtual (via blogs, sewing forums, or other online forum) or in person (neighbor, sewing association friend, relative), what makes them special for you? What would you add to this list?

  1. April 27, 2007 6:02 am

    I just lost a long post!!! UGH! Let’s see if I can remember all of it!

    Encourages you to work on the white t-shirts, but says if you’re sitting and knitting it’s still creative and probably just as good.

    Encourages you to work on something out of your comfort zone – either a lined jacket or a try a new type of fabric.

    Helps you match pattern to fabric and pick fabulous styles for your body type.

    Encourages you to finish a project that you’ve stalemated on. And then doesn’t say “I told you so!” when you either love or hate it!! g

  2. April 28, 2007 7:04 am

    Somehow manages to tell you honestly but lovingly that you’re on the wrong track with something.

    Appreciates the french seams that no one sees.

    Ooo’s and Ahh’s profusely over your creations (that your husband and kids take for granted. )

    Is an enabler in times of excess and reminds you of what’s in your stash when you’re struggling with money.

    Always thinks you can do it.

    Asks your sewing advice even though she probably doesn’t need it.

  3. April 30, 2007 5:56 am

    Motivates you and helps you to keep on track and finish what you started by expecting to see your latest project at your next get together.

    Enrolls in the same night class (sewing) with you which keeps you from missing a class because you can think of every excuse in the book but you don’t want to let her down.

    Shares your passion for sewing and loves to talk about it with you.

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