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National Sewing Machine Day

National Sewing Machine Day

Do the names Elias Howe or Isaac Singer mean anything to you? If you’ve ever taken a Home Ec course (or even worn clothes, for that matter) they should — those two gentlemen are credited with the invention of the modern sewing machine. While the wheel, telephone, and personal computer get a lot of the glory for changing how humans live, the sewing machine is somewhat of an unsung hero. Without it, however, we’d still be squinting to thread needles and stitching together our shirts and suits by hand. Whether you want a simple set of curtains to block out the bright sun, or just aren’t satisfied by shopping off the rack, sewing machines are handy appliances that deserve accolades. Dream up some custom couture and celebrate National Sewing Machine Day this June 13.

1.Sew something for charity
There are people who don’t have enough clothes to wear, shelter animals who need warm snuggly blankets for their crates, and children who would love a handmade stuffed animal to cuddle at night. So why not put your skills to good use and sew something that will be truly appreciated?

2.Connect with your fellow crafters
One of the best parts of practicing a hobby like sewing is the camaraderie that can result. If your sewing machine is portable, head to a local fabric store or a friend’s house and stitch with others. Or you can swap ideas, solicit solutions, and show off your handiwork on one of the many websites or forums dedicated to crafting.

3.Get inspired by your television
Give your sewing machine an evening off and tune in to the “Great British Sewing Bee,” a spinoff of the wildly popular “Great British Bake-Off,” which aired between 2013 – 2016. Featuring a pattern challenge, an alteration challenge, and a made-to-measure challenge, the reality program is sure to stoke your creativity. Like a smidgen more snark in your shows? There’s also “Project Runway,” which has been strutting its stuff for over a decade now! That’s a lot of chances to “make it work,” in the words of star Tim Gunn.


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