Published: March 24, 2013
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
With indulgences to those of you who do not sew, many people have asked me to write about sewing. Here goes.
I initially learned to sew because I could not afford ready-to-wear clothes but sewing is anything but inexpensive these days.
Sewing retailers offer beginner machines at reasonable prices and getting “bitten” leads to a desire for more bells and whistles.
After the purchaser gets over shell shock at how much enhanced machines cost, they bite the bullet and don’t look back.
New machines are computerized, many with embroidery options (i.e., monograms) and buying a top-of-the-line machine can be compared to buying a car. One can spend from the mid- to upper-four figures on a machine alone; and that’s without any of the other tools required to complete a project.
Bargain fabrics can be found but cotton is an endangered crop (due to drought, rains and/or diminishing farmers) and good fabric for a child’s dress can cost $12 a yard; it is not for the faint of pocketbook.
We are fortunate to live in an area with very good resources.
Stitcher’s Playhouse on Enon Springs Road in Smyrna is one of my favorite hangouts.
Owner Ann Robb and her talented staff will teach you how to smock, quilt and/or construct wonderful clothes and accessories in this happy place and their forté is on children's clothing.
The quality of their fabric is superb and they make samples of new things to inspire you almost weekly. If you’re a “sew-er” and haven’t found this treasure you’re really missing out.
Mid South Sewing, on River Rock Boulevard close to the Verizon Call Center, carries machines (and vacuums) in every price range.
They also have reasonably priced fabrics and accessories.
Owners Karen and Fred Rouse and Karen’s son Matt offer friendly service and repair and they have everything the modern-day quilter and embroiderer needs at affordable prices.
A “new kid on the block” is Absolutely Fun Sewing and Embroidery on Old Fort Parkway in the shopping center just past Kohl’s and Regions Bank.
Owner Judith Winters sells a full line of Janome sewing machines and quilting fabrics and accessories and has products any embroidery enthusiast might need too.
She has been open for a little more than a year.
Each store has a website listing its class schedules so you may want to go online to see if any of them interest you.
Our Hancock Fabrics was one of the few in the state that remained when their company filed for reorganization bankruptcy and they just relocated to Stones River Mall this month to the site of the original Goody’s.
If you haven’t been there since it moved hold onto your hat – it’s BIG and organized and very well lit. My mouth was hanging open the whole time I walked through there.
JoAnn’s Fabrics and Crafts – just across Old Fort Parkway in the Target shopping center – has anything you might need for sewing and crafting.
Also in that area is Hobby Lobby, which carries fabrics and sewing and crafting supplies.
It honors coupons on your smart phone too.
Finally, 2/4/6/8 Fabrics is another newbie next door to Absolutely Fun.
Their focus is on drapery and upholstery fabric, all priced at under $8 a yard. They are only open Wednesday-Saturday so keep that in mind before you head there.
And if you’re looking for drapery or upholstery fabric, Old Time Pottery carries random remnants in varying lengths.
You have to dig to find anything and, if you do get a treasure you’ll be lucky, but you can run across a bargain from time to time.
I’d rather be sewing than just about anything else I do and feel fortunate that we have these resources so close by.
Check them out and if you buy something, please do tell them that I sent you!
‘Til next week.