This is a great week to sew! I am finding that as the summer programming comes on TV, I am less interested, and seeking out more time to sew. Also, it could be that my hubby did a total clean-up of our sewing room/closet. He moved things around so I have much more space, so now I see that room "calling" me to come sew whenever I go by it.
The reason I am writing though, is because I was watching The Nate Show yesterday, and he was doing this segment on double-duty furniture for small living spaces. Basically, furniture that functions as more than one thing in the room in order to optimize the space. O.K., that sounds good. I don't really have many spacing issues here in my home, but I thought "hey, I may learn something new." The third piece of furniture he showed was a sewing cabinet that he re-purposed into a small desk for someone who needs home office space. For the section where the sewing machine would sit on and lower down, he attached a filing system that can now "hide" away. Nate commented that "people don't really use sewing cabinets anymore." He said he sees them at flea markets all over, and that most sewing machines nowadays come without a sewing cabinet.
Is this what we have come to??
Everytime the fact that I sew comes up in conversation, besides people asking me to sew for them, I often hear "Oh, you sew? Good for you! Sewing really is a lost art." To which I think, "A lost art? Why I know lots of people who sew, and lots of sewing communities and bloggers who sew." For some reason, the voice of seamstresses the world over is not yet being heard.
Now I am not mad at the Nate show for turning a sewing cabinet into something else more useful for a person living in a small space, but his comment made me think about sewing, in general. A lost art is only lost if people like us who sew do not pass it on! And I intend to pass it on! In fact, I am challenging myself to continue spreading my love for sewing, and I urge you to do the same. It was teaching my own niece how to sew her first pillow that inspired me to start this blog, and I want to always pay it forward.
So thank you Nate show for your ingenious idea, it prompted an idea of my own!