Friends, in your opinion, what turns a man on to sewing?
I ask because it has dawned on me, nearly five years after I purchased my very first sewing machine, that most home sewers out there are women. Seriously, it's the truth.
So I've started to ask myself what makes a man want to sew. What's the main attraction and is it different for men than for women?
For me, at the very start (five years ago next month) it was a desire to do my own basic alterations. I'd bought a pair of thrift store jeans at Goodwill and it was going to cost more to get them shortened than I'd paid for the jeans. For the price of a used sewing machine, I figured, I could shorten my pants from then on, and the machine would pay for itself in no time.
I had absolutely no plan to sew my entire wardrobe -- and then some!
It seems like many women are initially drawn to sewing so that they can have better-fitting clothes. Others want to make clothes for their kids. Still others just enjoy the creativity of it.
Is this the case for men as well?
I think a man who wants to get into sewing still faces a few obstacles that women don't, things like social censure (or lack of encouragement), a dearth of male-focused sewing-related resources, and a lack of contemporary-looking men's patterns.
So, guys out there, here's my question: What first drew you to sewing?
- Were you looking for better-fitting clothes?
- Did you want more style options than you could find in stores?
- Were you into old sewing machines and figured you might as well learn to use one?
- Other reasons?
- Do you think men sew for reasons that are different from women's?
- In your opinion (or experience), do men approach sewing differently than women do (and if so, how and why)?
And now for today's Daily Ditch:
I never know when to get rid of old sneakers, but these looked ready to go. And so they did.
Have a great day, everybody!