When I was a teenager I learned to sew in home economics class in school. At that time (I am dating myself!) all girls had to take home economics, so we all learned to sew, to varying degrees. Now, most people don't learn to sew in school; that's why sewing DVDs are so useful.
If you know how to sew you can make your own clothes and do clothing alterations. With the availability of inexpensive clothes and the cost of fabric, you may not save a lot of money by sewing trousers, for example. The big advantage to sewing your own clothes is that you can let your creativity go wild, creating your own styles and fabric combinations. A learn-to-sew DVD can teach you how to make clothing that fits great and shows your individuality.
Where learning to sew will save you money is on alterations. If you have taken anything to a tailor or dressmaker lately, you know how expensive it is even to get a pair of trousers hemmed or take in a waistband. Knowing how to alter comes in really handy when you have growing children. With a clothing alternations DVD you can learn the skills to do the alterations yourself. Who knows, maybe you will start you own alterations business.
The other thing about sewing is that it is fun. It's great fun to wander through a fabric store, feeling all the textures, planning your next outfit. Laying out fabric on a pattern and cutting the fabric is very satisfying. There's nothing quite like the sound of the sewing machine as it stitches through the fabric. And nothing is more gratifying than proudly modeling your creations and saying, "I made this!"
Ever heard of a sewing bee or a sewing circle? That's where folks, women mainly, got together and worked on a communal project or on their own projects. Sewing can be a very social pastime-a great way to spend time with friends. In fact, you and your friends can watch a sewing tutorial DVD and learn to sew together.
These days there is a booming interest in learning to sew. A sewing DVD will teach you how to use a sewing machine and other tools of the trade. You'll learn the right way to use a tape measure and how to rip out stitches with a seam ripper (everyone makes mistakes!). A sewing DVD will show you the different types of needles and kinds of thread, and which to use when.
If you have kids knowing how to sew really comes in handy. First, you can easily make costumes and special outfits to your little ones' specifications. And, sewing is a great rainy day activity. You can teach your children the basics of hand sewing. They can make pillows and other simple crafts.
Sewing is definitely not an outdated skill. It's fun, creative, and practical. And it is so easy to learn. All you need to start is a sewing DVD; before you know it, you'll be having a ball and showing off your creations.
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