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It’s National Sewing Month!

September is National Sewing Month. According the National Sewing Month website, this observance of sewing came about in 1982 when President Ronald Reagan declared September National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

I don’t know where you learned to sew, but I got my start at school in Home Economics and from watching my mother sew. The first thing I ever remember sewing was a simple apron. The girls in Home Ec. took a length of fabric, sewed a hem on two opposite sides. Then we ran a twill ribbon long enough to go around our waists into the hem opening. I chose a gold, solid fabric, which was probably from my mother’s quilt stash. It wasn’t very pretty, but it was serviceable. I can still see that project in my mind’s eye.

From there, I learned how to sew my own clothes and made many of my dresses as a teenager. As an adult I often sewed doll clothes and dresses for my daughter. I even made a couple of suit coats and pants for my husband. Nowadays most of my sewing projects are mending for my daughter and quilt tops

My first sewing machine was a gift from my husband on our first Christmas together. I remember the thrill of opening the box and finding a heavy, metal, yet portable Kenmore sewing machine, which I still have and use. Later, he made me a cabinet to hold the machine, which you can see below. The right side of the cabinet raises to hold the machine and the left side of the cabinet also raises, providing an additional flat area to lay your project on while stitching. When completely folded, the cabinet forms a cube with a tilt-out section at the back to hold the machine.

A few years ago I got a second, much lighter sewing machine to carry to quilting. The metal one weighs a ton! And I don’t have the muscles to tote that baby around anymore.

To celebrate national Sewing Month, why not stitch a project or two? Even better, since home economics is a thing of the past in schools, why not introduce your children to sewing? You’ve got the whole month, which is enough time to complete a simple project, like the apron I talked about earlier. The apron is an easy project you can do with a daughter or son who likes to cook. You can even add a square of fabric at the waist, sew on two straps on the front edges and make an apron that covers the chest as well as the lower part of the body. A great way to keep clean. Decorate the apron by stitching on your child’s name. Or let them paint a picture of food on the fabric using fabric markers. When children have their own aprons cooking with Mom is a lot more fun.

Are you a sewer? What was your first sewing project?

Don’t know where to start? Here are some links to free projects on the National Sewing Month website and the Sewing and Craft Alliance website.

When your sewing project is done, pick up a copy of A Groom for Mama and relax as you watch mother and daughter go head-to-head in this romantic comedy with a touch of drama.

A Groom for Mama

By Catherine Castle

Beverly Walters is dying, and before she goes she has one wish—to find a groom for her daughter. To get the deed done, Mama enlists the dating service of Jack Somerset, Allison’s former boyfriend.

The last thing corporate-climbing Allison wants is a husband. Furious with Mama’s meddling, and a bit more interested in Jack than she wants to admit, Allison agrees to the scheme as long as Mama promises to search for a cure for her terminal illness.

A cross-country trip from Nevada to Ohio ensues, with a string of disastrous dates along the way, as the trio hunts for treatment and A Groom For Mama.

About the Author:

Multi-award winning author Catherine Castle loves writing. Before beginning her career as a romance writer she worked part-time as a freelance writer. She has over 600 articles and photographs to her credit, under her real name, in the Christian and secular market. She also lays claim to over 300 internet articles written on a variety of subjects and several hundred poems. In addition to writing she loves reading, traveling, singing, theatre, quilting and gardening. She’s a passionate gardener whose garden won a “Best Hillside Garden” award from the local gardening club. She writes sweet and inspirational romances. You can find her award-winning Soul Mate books The Nun and the Narc and A Groom for Mama, on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

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