September is National Sewing Month! Hooray!
I don't sew as much as I used to, mostly because I like to keep all of my tools out until I finish a project. There's a lot of ironing, cutting, pinning, sewing, ironing, cutting some more, pinning again...you get the idea. With a small apartment, a busy schedule, and a very curious daughter, I just don't think this is my season for big quilt projects. That doesn't stop me from lusting after books like 50 States Quilt Blocks, though. GO LOOK AT THOSE BLOCKS RIGHT NOW! READ THAT DESCRIPTION!!! OH MAN! I'm sorry for the caps but OH MAN! So awesome.
But anyway! Whether you're one of those super involved quilters with a whole room of the house devoted to your craft, someone who can replace a button or re-hem some pants, or one of those somewhere-in-between sewers, you're going to need a sewing kit.
Enter Martha with her Tip-See Tuesday videos! Have you subscribed to the Leisure Arts YouTube channel? You should do that! There are tutorials and friendly people giving bits of advice just like this one:
Please note: Martha is not drunk, or even a little tipsy, in these videos. I just wanted to mention that in case you have objections to that sort of thing. But she has lots of tips! And I thought her recommendations for putting together a sewing kit were spot on. I especially loved the idea of using a travel soap dish to hold together some of your smaller items.
A lot of my sewing supplies have gotten a little scattered over time, and I usually wind up tearing up the house looking for a simple tool here or there. After I thought about the essentials listed in this video, I realized I really need to get my stuff together. This was a great reminder!
If I could add anything to my kit not mentioned in the video I would have to include a magnet. They're essential. You should definitely always keep your pins in a container or a pin cushion, but something's going to fall out sooner or later. And when it does, you do not want to find something sharp and pointy with your bare hands--or worse, with your bare feet a few hours later. Drag a magnet over your workspace after you've done a quick sewing project and you'll pull up any pins or needles that might have rolled away from you.
People are commenting on the video with their own sewing kit essentials and it's great! Feel free to chime in with your own ideas about what a sewing kit does or doesn't need. I'll just be over here thinking about quilts.
Happy sewing! (This month and always.)