It was 1982 when President Ronald Reagan set a proclamation in motion that made September the month to celebrate and recognize the importance of home sewing throughout the Nation. What better time to explore a new craft or challenge your talents than by celebrating National Sewing Month? From indulging in free sewing projects on the Sewing & Craft Alliance (SCA) website to joining the American Sewing Guild, there are plenty of ways to sharpen your skills or discover a newfound love for sewing.
Ideas for Celebrating National Sewing Month
Pay a visit to your local craft store. To celebrate National Sewing Month, craft stores often hold special discounts, events, and classes. Encourage your tween to take a sewing class with you. Learn new techniques at a free demonstration or tutorial. For example, Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores has many fun activities and offers planned for the month of September, such as free class supplies for anyone that signs up for Sewing 101 at participating stores.
Gift crafts to family and friends. Alert loved ones that a month-long celebration regarding your craft is in full swing by making gifts. Create a pair of booties or a blanket for your expecting relative. Handmade dresses and skirts are perfect for best friends. Get ready for the wintertime with customized scarves. Perhaps a fashionable purse or handbag will put a smile on someone’s face.
Enter a sewing contest. To commemorate National Sewing Month, a handful of online and offline contests are held. Submit one of your creations for a chance to win prizes and recognition.
Spring for a new sewing machine. Advancements in technology have incorporated computerization into the latest sewing machines. If it’s time for an upgrade, why don’t you treat yourself to a new machine to celebrate National Sewing Month? You may consider a heavy-duty model, such as the Brother SE400 Computerized Embroidery and Sewing Machine, which comes with 70 built-in embroidery designs, 5 monogramming fonts, 67 built-in sewing stitches, and 120 frame pattern combinations.
Explore social media opportunities. Connecting with others is a good way to enhance your love and talent for sewing. Social media provides an ideal outlet for keeping in touch with other crafters. Consider ‘liking’ the National Sewing Month Facebook page. Locate other like-minded sewing enthusiasts on Twitter to share ideas, browse creative projects, and learn new techniques.