Long ago, when mankind started working with fibers to produce clothes, things were long and arduous. The fiber had to be laboriously broken down and spun into yarn and yarn, then into yarn woven into fabric. This fabric would then be cut and sewn using a needle and thread, with someone painstakingly selecting each stitch by hand. Then something extraordinary happened, the sewing machine was invented, and with it the process of making clothes became more and more efficient. Sewing Machine Day celebrates the invention of this amazing device.
Grandma probably had one, and she probably learned how to use them at a very young age, too. Remember how it was always Grandma, with a pair that was the only one that effectively threaded a needle and how she could take that new pair of pants you needed for the school play? This is because sewing machines have long been a staple in fashion and back in the days when most young women worked in garment factories. Today, this traditional tool is still used in some industries and, of course, also makes a wonderful statement piece in a home.
Well first, if you are an experienced seamstress or tailor, take the time to work with a piece of fabric without the benefit of a sewing machine. It might seem like an odd way to celebrate a device that made this method unnecessary, but when you’re done you will no doubt realize how important the sewing machine is in your daily life. Alternatively, if you’ve never sewed a stitch in your life, now is the time to finally pick a craft that will serve you well for the rest of your life. Make it an opportunity to ask your grandma for patterns and designs to work on, or ask her if the old sewing machine she put in her closet still works, chances are it does and it will give you the chance to learn how to be a real seamstress and give you the opportunity to tell you all the stories of her past and how she came to own one of these lovely machines.