How many of you think that sewing is for women? Let’s not kid ourselves. We need to be completely honest here, if we are going to open our minds up to possibilities. Since we are being honest, if you feel that sewing is for women only, you MUST work hard to change your thinking.
In my home, I do more sewing than my wife. When I was in school, I took a Home Ec class thinking that I would get friendly with some of the thousands of girls in there.
Well, many other guys must have had the exact same idea as me, because there was almost no girls in there. It was a class full of dudes that didn’t care to cook or sew! I can’t even begin to tell you how many quiches we burned. I really have to say that the class ended up being a huge benefit later. When I was single, I could sew, cook, and other crafty things. Did I get really excited about it? No. But I had the skills needed to mend clothing, and do it to the point that it wasn’t really necessary.
It also helps that my parents required me to do chores, so that laundry, dishes, and proper cleaning was a piece of cake.
Ok, so I digress. Let’s get back on topic… Sewing.
If times get tough enough that you just can’t afford to go buy new threads from the local Target or Walmart. So you will have a choice. You can let your clothing get holes in them, and let the holes get larger and larger until they are so big, the clothes are considered unusable. Or you can place a stitch or patch on the clothing as soon as you see a hint of damage. This will prolong the clothes a lot. I would say that you could get 10 times more life out of anything you wear.
If you decide to get your threading on, and you get good at it, you can make your own clothes. You can choose the type of clothing you prefer to wear, made just for you, by you. You can also constantly adjust it to be extremely comfortable and fit properly. You could choose jeans, overalls, a loose robe, or even parachute pants if you wanted.
If you have some patterns already designed, you can keep them and cut all your fabrics to design quickly and easily. Then just sew each thing the way you always have.
This skill is an extremely valuable skill, whether you are male of female, so get the chauvinism out of your system and learn critical skills whether you think they are suited for you or not, because “critical” skills ARE suited for you.
Now that I have talked about sewing, we should consider something to sew with. I think everyone should have two types of sewing machines. An electric for ease and convenience and a manual geared model for “grid-down” sewing capabilities.
For the electric model of sewing machine, you can get any brand today. We have a Brother, but pretty much any decent name will make the same capable plastic cased electric sewing machine. Since we are typically prepping, let’s think of the facts. We want it to work consistently, and we want lower power demand. I suggest going with a model that reduces your electricity costs when used, for when on backup power.
Speaking of the backup power requirement, this is precisely why I recommend a model that is powered by you. The Singer model 66 Red Eye Treadle is a very robust personal sewing machine. It is an antique design and is powered by pedal power. I don’t have one of these yet, but have heard awesome things from owners. This is not an industrial design, so don’t expect to go through thick, tough leather, but I am sure that you could go through some softer, or thinner leather. You will obviously be able to go through almost any fabric. Did I mention that this machine looks really awesome? I cant believe that the antique designs have gone away. The ironwork and sewing machine really are a work of art.
I really like simple machines that are manual powered, because they have more reliability and sustainability than anything that relies on the burning of a fuel, which is the case even with photovoltaic panel production.
So, if you consider yourself a prepper, and you haven’t learned the skill of sewing, they you should try it a little. I almost never sew, except when I have some damage to my clothes, but I know how to and could make mine if I needed to. Sure after all time of not doing so, my clothing may look like crap, but it would be wearable and able to use daily, and that is what we are going for.
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