Why You Should Be Taught How to Sew


In middle school, taking a sewing class was required.

It was a part of a family and consumer science class where we learned basic house skills – predominantly cooking and sewing. It was surprisingly enjoyable for a required class. I definitely preferred getting crafty over working out algebra problems in sixth period.

Plus, sewing is useful. It’s probably one of the oldest skills known to humankind. Without sewing, we wouldn’t have clothes, nor would we be able to create quilts, cloths, and other basic necessities.

When I was in middle school, I didn’t fully comprehend the utility of what I was learning. Buying clothes was easier. Nobody needs to know how to sew when you can just buy what you want to wear.

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Today, I’m extraordinarily grateful that I was taught how to sew in school and later by my grandmother. While it seems an ancient, pointless skill to master, it’s saved me money and given me freedom to get creative.

When it comes to saving money, I’ve been able to redeem certain outfits that may have previously been thrown in the trash if not for sewing. Specifically, tights, leggings, and cotton shirts may get holes in them for a variety of reasons. There is a point of no return for some of these items. But, if it’s just a minor issue in the fabric, it’s a waste to throw it away. Instead, if you know how to sew, you can take out a needle and thread and fix up the tear. This is especially useful for clothes that you particularly like and can’t just put in the garbage.

I’ve been able to save money in other ways, too. I recently went shopping at Forever 21 where they were hosting a great deal in their clearance section. Essentially, you could get awesome clothes for as little as a dollar a piece. Obviously, I was ecstatic about that. The only issue was that many of these outfits had small tears or buttons missing that led to them being put on clearance in the first place.

I found a shirt that I absolutely adored. It was dark red with flowing sleeves. It looked like it should cost twenty to thirty dollars, but with the deal, it was only three. Its sole problem? It wasn’t perfect. A couple of the buttons were missing, and a bit of the elastic had been ripped. Since I knew how to sew, it wasn’t an issue for me. I bought it immediately, fixed it up, and now wear it whenever I want a cute top to complement my outfit.

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Lastly, you can save money by taking care of work that you would have had to hire a tailor for. Of course, if you don’t trust yourself enough, it’s reasonable to go to an expert. But if you’re willing to try tailoring your formal wear yourself, you can save whatever money you would’ve spent.

It’s more than just a money saver. It’s a great outlet for creativity, especially for those interested in fashion. I actually created an entire dress from scratch just because I knew how to sew. My grandma helped me a ton with it, likely doing more work than I, but it was still an unforgettable experience. It’s one thing to wear a cute dress, it’s another to get compliments and know that they’re on your handiwork.

There are other aspects to getting creative that don’t involve starting from scratch. If you have an idea for a fashionable addition to an outfit, with sewing, you can fix it up yourself.

I’m still very grateful to have learned sewing in school. It’s really not a difficult skill to acquire. We spend a lot of time in school learning about human anatomy or how to write. Learning how to take care of yourself and your surroundings is just as important. Household skills are necessary for whenever you end up in an apartment of your own.

If you attended a school where you weren’t taught such things, I recommend self-teaching. Once you’ve got the hang of it, fixing tears in your clothes becomes much simpler. Sewing is an underrated and necessary skill. Technological advancements have diminished the need for learning how to sew. In our new world, most of our possessions come to us already made. Despite how easy it is to obtain clothes, we shouldn’t shy away from learning to do things ourselves.

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