WHAT’S YOUR SEWING SIGN?

I found this great article from Threads Magazine and decided would be great to share with you !

If you were to turn one of your handmade garments inside out, what would your sewing style reveal about you? Do perfectly straight seamlines indicate a fastidious temperament? Or do loose threads suggest an individual who might wear a T-shirt that says “DONE IS GOOD ENOUGH.” Take a look at these 12 sewing personalities and see if you recognize yourself.

NOTIONS NERD
Profile: Do your notions have notions? Do you scan the notions department of your sewing store looking for something, anything that you do not already have? If you have a drawer or sewing kit with more than two items still in their original packaging, chances are you are a NN. With twenty different pairs of scissors designated for cutting ONLY the fabric specified by the special “scissor marking labels,” you are the go-to person for all of your sewing friends. In fact, more than one of those friends has asked you if you ever plan to open your own store. You have THAT many sewing toys.

FABRIC FIEND
Profile: Does your pulse quicken whenever you enter a fabric store? Can you identify a fabric’s fiber content by touch and smell alone? Are you mentally creating dresses, skirts, and pants for yourself, your friends, or mere acquaintances to justify the purchase of the dreamiest fabric you’ve seen today? You are a dreamer, and have yards and yards of potential “whatevers” piled high all over the place.

FAST & FURIOUS
Profile: “Speed demon” should be your middle name. You cut, fit, and sew as if you are in a reality-show race. In fact, you often give yourself “Project Runway” challenges: a skirt, top, and jacket in two hours; an evening gown in an evening! You love nothing better than seams racing through the sewing machine, scissors slicing every which way, and fabric whipping about ferociously. All with a wild gleam in your eyes.

MICHELANGELO-ITE
Profile: You thrive on challenge, perfect fit is your personal Mount Everest, and you have the amazing ability to turn the simplest of projects into a sewable Sistine Chapel. A Vogue beginner pattern with an eight-hour maximum can easily take 1,500 man-hours once you get your hands on it. Think: Taj Mahal. There is no project too simple to complicate.

EMBELLISHMENT EMPRESS
Profile: Do you find Faberge eggs to be dull? Did your whole life change when, at age 10, you got a Be-dazzler for Christmas? You never saw a piece of fabric that didn’t beg for a little gussying up. A big plus for an EE? The local bead shop sells you beads and sequins at wholesale prices. On the down side, you can hear family members jangling 15 feet away.

FOREVER FRUGAL
Profile: You only visit fabric stores with coupons in hand. You think patches are appropriate for office attire. If a pattern says to buy three yards of fabric, you figure that you can lay out all of the pieces in one yard. And, hey, if you cut the buttons off of some old clothes and rip out a zipper you won’t have to buy notions. Come to think of it, maybe you don’t need to buy any new fabric. Your husband never wears his black wool coat, and there’s plenty of fabric there for a skirt. Sound familiar, FF?

NEVERENDING NOVICE
Profile: How many dinner napkins can a beginner make before advancing to the next level of expertise? Never enough, according to you. You love to learn, and buy every sewing book, magazine, and video on the market. If pressed, however, you’ll admit to a lack of sewing confidence and of being slightly afraid of your sewing machine. What in heck are all those hieroglyphic markings on the stitch dial?!!

COMMUNITY-MINDED
Profile: You log so much time at your computer visiting sewing chat rooms that you decided to just move your laptop next to your sewing machine. You take three different sewing classes a week, started a stitch club on Saturdays, and drive to any, and every, sewing show within a three-state radius. December 26th finds you busy blocking out the pattern for next year’s holiday quilt to be raffled off at the local crafts fair. And, you long to find some women to form an old-fashioned sewing bee.

COMPLETELY INCOMPLETE
Profile: You are just winding up a major project. All that is left to do are the finishing touches when—uh, oh—a new idea pops into your head. Suddenly you are off buying new fabric while yesterday’s effort lies in an unhemmed, buttonless pile. Not to worry, the garment will make good friends with the unfinished coat from 1996 and the half-finished pajamas that were supposed to be a gift two Christmases ago. You get the picture.

METICULOUS MANIAC
Profile: All of your pins are organized by color and type—and you rue the day a bent pin finds its home there! When other sewers look inside one of your creations, they wonder how can human hands make a garment with that kind of precision. Every seam and every stitch is aligned with such mind-blowing perfection that even Martha Stewart would shake her perfectly coiffed head in wonder.

MIDNIGHT STITCHER
Profile: Scene: 11:45 p.m. You’ve long tucked your family into bed, you’ve quietly pulled out your fabric, and spread your sewing paraphernalia all over the dining room table. It’s just you and the purr of your machine. Just like Cinderella’s mice, you sew as if by magic. Your best work is done at 3 a.m. and by dawn’s early light, a new, beautiful garment is usually hanging in the closet.

DECONSTRUCTION DIVA
Profile: You fearlessly wear seam allowances on the outside of your clothing. Frayed edges and long, swinging thread ends make your heart sing. You see yourself as an artiste, a misunderstood visionary: Why do only pants have legs? Why can’t a dress have legs? Can a jacket look like a building?

how about you?

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  • I see a little of myself in all of these except for embelishing empress lol! This was really funny.

  • (Smile) Happy to share.

  • I am totally NEVERENDING NOVICE and MICHELANGELO-ITE at the moment, with a touch of FABRIC FIEND 🙂