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(Independent)   Why don't more men sew? Anyone have any darn ideas?   (independent.co.uk) divider line
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2022-06-30 7:35:03 AM  
My Grandma taught me to sew when I was young, and my Dad was in the military so it was sort of a survival skill.

Sewing in general is a less common skill all around. Men or women. I was a theater kid, so I got a chance to use it more-the costume shop, and eventually being a costumer for a couple of repertory companies-but I don't consider myself particularly skilled. I can alter, do repairs, give me a pattern and I'll assemble it, but likewise don't expect me to come up with something entirely from scratch. And I can think of only two women I've dated who were more skilled sewing than I am.

With the ease of getting new clothes, and a fall off wearing suits, men don't need but get one or two suits altered all that often. Clothes are disposed of instead of repaired. Same for coats or pants.

We taught my daughter to sew, but really, that's where it starts. At home.
 
2022-06-30 7:47:49 AM  
Oh boy. A thread about sewing!
 
2022-06-30 7:50:13 AM  
Male.  I learned to sew at 10.

My mother was the laziest person on Earth.  Any time we tore a garment, we were told to "put it on the sewing pile."  The pile was on top of the ironing board, of course, and rose foot by foot over the years.

So one time I asked her to sew something.  With a huge sigh, she offered to teach me how to sew.  She did, I learned.  At 10.

You think you have a normal childhood...
 
2022-06-30 7:51:11 AM  
Mrs McSordid enjoys sewing and knitting, and our eldest daughter inherited the sewing interest, which is great.  She makes some lovely outfits for herself and for her sister's infant son.
Of course, you can just go to Target and that shiat's cheap, and not half bad. But home made clothes == love.
 
2022-06-30 7:57:36 AM  
Everyone should know how to sew on a button, do small repairs, even darn a sock. I've salvaged shirts, pants, bags, aprons, socks, etc, lots of things that were still usable with a little maintenance and a small amount of effort expended.

They're not that difficult skills to learn or even teach yourself. There's probably a YouTube video or three you can watch if you don't know where to start
 
2022-06-30 8:30:45 AM  
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2022-06-30 9:06:30 AM  
Stop needling me. I don't like where this thread is going.
 
2022-06-30 9:16:03 AM  
I really enjoy sewing and making my own clothes. But the expense and time invested doesn't justify it. Not as long as we've got child labour in south Asia doing it for pennies.
 
2022-06-30 9:33:42 AM  
My school required everyone to take sewing in 6th grade.  I made a Hawaiian print apron.  It was a terrible apron, but it looked like the kind of apron Crocket might wear on Miami Vice if he ever needed to wear an apron.
 
2022-06-30 9:34:22 AM  
My parents' first sewing machine was my dad's. He needed it to make tents and sleeping bags in the 60s, when lightweight backpacking stuff wasn't easily available. In the tradition of making some things that just don't turn out, he made the most interesting breathable waterproof shirt-thing. It was coated nylon with very evenly spaced holes cut in it, and each hole had a piece of fabric bowed over it, like little awnings. I don't know how well it worked, but it looked like a dark green chicken suit.

Now that I think about it, he would absolutely have worn it if it worked. Looking hilarious was never an issue for my dad as long as whatever it was worked.
 
2022-06-30 9:38:03 AM  
I've known how to sew a button since I was a teen. When the kids were little my wife bought a sewing machine. made two Halloween costumes with it and put it on the shelf. One year I was bored, took it down and figured out how to use it. I mended a few things that needed more than my best 2" of hand sewing, did a few simple projects and stuck it back on the shelf. I think I've used it more than she has at this point.
 
2022-06-30 9:54:20 AM  
My wife handles the carpentry projects and electrical work. I do the sewing and tough laundry stuff (especially with a potty-training toddler).

It annoys me that gender "norms" make that amusing.
 
2022-06-30 10:01:05 AM  
Male here.  I have sewn things when there were no other choices.  As kid, I sewed clothes for my GI Joe.  As an adult, sewing buttons on and darning socks has been a necessity.  And then there was that time when my first wife requested a fur coat for C'mas.  Sure, she eventually got to unwrap a very nice full-size coat but I made darn sure that she first opened a full-length Barbie-sized fur coat that I designed and sewed by hand. I fitted it around my daughter's Barbie so that it wouldn't go completely to waste.
 
2022-06-30 10:13:47 AM  
I'm a rigger. My job WAS sewing basically. Sewing is fine, production line sewing is hell. Worst job I ever had was making parachutes for Buckeyes. Sport canopies aren't as bad, but it's still boring as hell.
 
2022-06-30 10:17:35 AM  
There's a hell of a lot of sewing in Rev War reenacting.  You spend all winter sewing to be clothed in  the spring. I sewed this coat and cut-and-resewed the vest.  All those buttonholes!

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2022-06-30 10:19:54 AM  
I learned to sew for a school project when I was in grade school, plus my dad always emphasized that boys needed to do stuff like that.  Came in handy when I was older (and broke) and needed to make my clothing last as long as possible.  I wasn't great at it, not by any stretch of the imagination, but my clothes could at least be worn.
 
2022-06-30 10:24:17 AM  
I just sewed the button on my pants. My wife said to leave the pants where she could get them and she'd do it. She didn't. (And what part of the house couldn't she get to?) So, I did.
 
2022-06-30 10:27:41 AM  
I sometimes take things to an alteration shop.   Miss Nyugen runs the place.  I went in once because my favorite jeans had started to fall apart around the zipper.  She pointed at the crotch and said "You too big in front."

She definitely earned my business then.
 
2022-06-30 10:36:38 AM  
I sew when required. I couldn't do anything complex but I can sew on a button, stich a rip, or sew on a patch or badge when needed. When I was in Cubs our troop leader made us sew our own badges on. Kind of a basic life skill IMO.
 
2022-06-30 10:45:16 AM  

Rapmaster2000: My school required everyone to take sewing in 6th grade.  I made a Hawaiian print apron.  It was a terrible apron, but it looked like the kind of apron Crocket might wear on Miami Vice if he ever needed to wear an apron.


Home ec in 6th grade. ( Roughly 30 years ago)
Ms. Hunt.
I can sew better than any girl I've dated until my current gf.

I still have the pillows I put together and there was a  pair of those horrible zuba (or whatever they were called) pants, but those are long gone.
 
2022-06-30 10:51:51 AM  
 I do buttons and small repairs, but I swear, over the years they've gotten cheaper and they're making the eyes of the needles smaller.
 
2022-06-30 10:54:30 AM  
Probably because you cannot make much money doing it.  I make pottery and wonder why there aren't more men.  (You can make money doing it, but it won't be easy)  Men are really talented at the wheel because of their strength.  Some of the best potters I have met have been men.  But the majority are female.
 
2022-06-30 10:54:53 AM  
This will catch on any day now

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2022-06-30 10:55:06 AM  

Billy Liar: I do buttons and small repairs, but I swear, over the years they've gotten cheaper and they're making the eyes of the needles smaller.


Luckily my eyes haven't yet gone to shiat, but the hand shaking ( my mom also has it, but much worse than me) is more pronounced in my 40s than it was in my 20s, so I've started to use the little needle eye threader thing.
 
2022-06-30 10:57:30 AM  
I am competent enough to replace a button and fix a seam that's come unstitched.  So light repair.  It's not something I particularly enjoy, but I can.

My nephew, however, has been getting into cosplay and does seem to enjoy it.
 
2022-06-30 11:05:31 AM  
I can sew.  Not that I particularly enjoy it, but it's a basic life skill.  It's no different than cooking.  If you want to be self-sufficient, it's important to know how to do things.
 
2022-06-30 12:02:00 PM  
I can sew but generally don't (I did see up a rip in my book bag yesterday for a funny bit of timing). Mainly light repairs but could do more complicated things.

Back when our boys joined cub scouts they were informed that 'they' would be sewing any badges that they earned onto their uniforms.  Early attempts looked like crap, but by the time they got to boy scouts, each was reasonably accomplished.  Both have since thanked us for making them do that as it gave them a useful life skill
 
2022-06-30 12:13:12 PM  
I can mend a bit, sew patches on, crudely repair a leather briefcase. If you want a suit you better hope there's a sale at Penney's.
 
2022-06-30 12:19:12 PM  
I just sewed a button on my pants and asked my wife if she had suggestions on making it look clean, she had just a shrug as an answer. My wife makes quilts and other things but not clothing. I have been married for over 20 years and have often engaged in what I have euphemistically called poor man's sewing. I usually end up tearing clothes away from home and a couple of times have either stapled to prevent further tearing (sharp side out) or several times used fishing line to sew. Somehow I had only a needle but no thread.
 
2022-06-30 12:46:48 PM  
My Jr High "home ec" class had cooking, but not sewing. I dont know why.
 
2022-06-30 1:30:05 PM  
Taught myself rudimentary sewing using my mother's sewing machine. Threading a bobbin without instructions is tough. Use quality thread and pay attention to whether or not the thread is actually going in. Was stitching some makeshift curtains to hide the cables behind the TV stand and didn't realize partway through that the bobbin thread had snapped about 3 inches back.

Oh, and remember to put your foot down. If you don't, you're gonna have a bad time.
 
2022-06-30 2:05:50 PM  
My mother sewed a lot of our clothes as kids. I'm self-taught, but I mostly sew my own outdoor gear (hammocks, tarps, backpacks, etc). I'm good enough for that, but not good enough for clothing. Not even close.
 
2022-06-30 2:07:27 PM  
Oh, and I have my grandmother's 1930s vintage Singer. Never used it, but I have it.
 
2022-06-30 2:17:49 PM  

clborgia: Somehow I had only a needle but no thread.


After a buddy of mine mentioned it like a decade ago, I keep a needle in my wallet.....
maybe you get a splinter somewhere and there no tweezers....
Maybe you only have fishing line to fix a tear.......
Maybe you really need a tooth pick....
Maybe you need to pop some thing......

But it's really useful to have around when you suddenly need something. And here is the best part....I think over that decade or so I've been through over 130 TSA screenings and it's never been brought up.
 
2022-06-30 2:33:06 PM  

Russ1642: This will catch on any day now

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I'd wear that now what are you talking about. Looks cozy.
 
2022-06-30 2:44:39 PM  
Oh, great.
I'm surrounded by a bunch of farking knitters

/ got nothing
// maybe one day I'll learn how to tailor a shirt
 
2022-06-30 2:59:40 PM  
Will trade--I fix your computer, you sew on this button.  And then next few buttons, your computer is a mess.
 
2022-06-30 4:46:54 PM  
because there are fun things to do and other than reattaching a button i don't need to and i really don't want to.
 
2022-06-30 5:03:50 PM  
Maternal grandmother, who had a whim of iron, was determined that none of her grandsons would be reliant on girls/women for cooking, cleaning, sewing, ironing & starching, or whatever.  As for sewing she started us off doing hand stitching for repairs, buttons, etc.  Got that down?  Time for the Singer with foot rocker.  Have good habits with the Singer go to electric machine.  She had a heavy hand and wasn't afraid of anything on this planet.  Sopping wet and preggers with her son she weighed, topping out, maybe 115 lbs.
 
2022-06-30 5:11:51 PM  

ar393: clborgia: Somehow I had only a needle but no thread.

After a buddy of mine mentioned it like a decade ago, I keep a needle in my wallet.....
maybe you get a splinter somewhere and there no tweezers....
Maybe you only have fishing line to fix a tear.......
Maybe you really need a tooth pick....
Maybe you need to pop some thing......

But it's really useful to have around when you suddenly need something. And here is the best part....I think over that decade or so I've been through over 130 TSA screenings and it's never been brought up.


When I was a kid I carried a little "emergency" sewing kit around in my wallet. A matchbook with a couple different sized needles jammed in where the matches would go, and a couple different colors of thread wrapped around the back.
 
2022-06-30 5:43:36 PM  
One of my (many) problems is that once I get onto it, I make it worthwhile.  I may be just sewing the bottom button on my shirt, but BY GOD THIS BUTTON WILL STAY ON A THOUSAND YEARS!  And I may not even wear it much, but hell if I'm going to donate it anywhere - now it's an investment.
 
2022-07-01 9:21:20 PM  
Ihave tried minor sewing jobs like mending a loose button,or closing up a hole and let me tell you:

I have not got the temper for this. Mind you, I don't know how to use a sewing machine, which makes simple sewing a snap or else a trap from which you may need assitance to extricate yourself.
 
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