Slack Economy brings Sewing Enthusiasts Back to the Fold

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I was reading an article in the Tampa Bay News that talks about the influx of young women taking an interest in sewing and crafting due to the slow economy.

Carol Stricker refuses to shell out hard-earned cash to stay fashionable.
If she sees something she wants to wear, she makes it. "I was going to buy this scarf in a designer store, then I saw the price and said, 'Oh, no, I can make this for a lot less." ---and she did just that.

Stricker, who lives in Tampa, bought three yards of silk organza and made three scarves for about $20, a fraction of the cost of one designer scarf.

According to figures released in 2007 by Home Sewing Association (which is now out of business), 35 million people in the United States sew. And while the number of sewers is no longer being tracked, there's little doubt more sewing enthusiasts are coming into the fold.

Many younger sewers, like Carol Sticker, are turning to Needle and Thread."They are very green, and very concerned with their footprints, so to speak," Melissa Helms (Keep Me In Stitches owner) says. "It's the whole reduce, reuse, recycle mentality."

And then, Yes, says Helms, there's the economy. "Once upon a time, (sewing) was a necessity, something you kind of had to do. Somewhere along the way, it kind of became a hobby. And now it's trending backward where people are doing it again to save money."

Another reason for sewing came from Sandra Valdes. She said she loves to jazz up thrift store finds with colorful embroidery. She also makes fabric handbags. "I paid three dollars for this blouse," she says proudly of a designer linen blouse she decorated with embroidered purses and shoes. "People are always asking me where I got it, and I love saying, 'I made it!'"

Sarah Boyd started sewing as a way to save money on clothes for her daughter, Clara. Smocked dresses can cost $50 and up for toddler sizes. Boyd says she can buy nice fabric, sew and smock a dress for around $30. She also makes less-dressy clothes for her daughter for about $10 to $15 an outfit. "It's empowering to take a piece of fabric and turn it into something useful," says Boyd, 30, of Tampa.

Some great ideas from these ladies!  You can also follow my path, if you have even more time to sew. Create a business and sale your wares--

Open an Ebay Store, an Ecrater Store, and then there's Etsy, Bonanza, and many more--


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