Do you fix your clothing when it rips? Do you resew a seam? Sew a button back in place? Fix a zipper?
Do you take pay someone else to make those repairs?
Or like my daughter Tory, do you figure you’ll just throw the clothes out?
I found a largish pile of clothing in Tory’s room a couple of years ago. When I asked her why the clothes were in the pile is, she told me, “Those things have to be thrown out; they’re broken.” I went through the pile and ‘resurrected’ most of the clothes using my trusty needle and thread. And I explained that small rips and missing buttons are pretty easily repaired; and I offered to show her how.
Tory blinked her blue eyes at me and replied, “I don’t do that.”
No, child, but I do. And I suspect Tory will when she’s purchasing her own clothing. Just a hunch.
I have to say, though, that I dislike hand sewing! Give me a machine-done repair any day of the week and I’m on it pretty fast. But a hand-sewn repair? Not so much. My husband will be thrilled that today was the day I resewed buttons on two pairs of his pants. Given that they are his work pants, I figured they needed to get back in his clothing rotation pretty quickly. I don’t think they were sitting on my sewing machine for more than a week or so before I noticed them! I sat down, threaded my needle and sewed on two perfect, sturdy, go-the-distance buttons. The pants will wear out before those buttons fall off!