What I Hated the Least Today 130/365: Sewing

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Coat surgery
Coat surgery

I was quite enraged when I contemplated the condition of my Promod coat after its first season. I suspected the knit fabric wouldn’t be too long-lasting, but given that I paid for it half my rent money, I put my trust in the brand’s hands and hoped to be surprised. I was to be surprised for sure, but not very pleasantly. Besides a bad-looking wear to the fabric, the lining of the coat got torn all over the place, as I noticed when the damage was already done.

I considered submitting a warranty claim, but I imagined I’d be told the usual: the coat is a fashion item designed for decoration and is not intended to be worn on a regular basis. (I’m not inventing this, it’s a legitimate excuse one gets often.) With much disgust, I decided to fix the gashes in the lining on my own. There were eight gaping wounds of different sizes and I sewed them as best as I could (which is poorly). The operation took about two hours and the patient is currently recuperating while on life support.

I used to darn socks when I was young and didn’t know any better, and I achieved some degree of proficiency in this useless task. While I don’t mind attempting to do things with my hands, I regularly fail pathetically. One has to owe to me that my stitches, however nasty looking, will last forever (and so far nothing I stitched together fell apart again). The first gap in the coat was sewn particularly terribly, but the final eighth gap already showed some signs of improvement in technique, as illustrated below.

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29 comments on “What I Hated the Least Today 130/365: Sewing”

    1. Sewing is a great skill – that I don’t posses. It doesn’t prevent me from attempting though, if the only other option is to throw out my new-ish coat. I wish they made things properly so one wouldn’t have to turn to the needle.

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      1. Companies here send their business overseas to have things manufactured.

        My take on this is that the damned unions here have over time wrenched their employee pay up so high that the companies are forced to seek cost cutting measures.

        Hence, American workers lose jobs. Sickening.

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        1. I’ve noticed that almost everything you can buy here is made in China or another Asian country – even my Ikea glasses, even clothes from European designer brands. I don’t quite trust that the poor overworked and underpaid Chinese kids do a good job in making quality things, and I don’t blame them.

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  1. I am sorry that your clothing ripped and that you then had to repair it. I am with you regarding sewing. My sewing skills are entirely self-taught and, therefore, woeful. Like you, I grew up darning socks, repairing holes rent in knees and taking up hems, all by hand with needle and thread. None of that experience has improved my ability nor my attitude towards the chore. I have a corner of my bedroom the kids refer to as the sewing hospital as it contains all the cuddly toys I have yet to repair. I get around to taking up hems and repairing tears in clothing out of pragmatism but I let the cuddly toy pile mount up. Part of the problem is finding the time since I cannot sew around the kids because I swear a like a trooper when I am sewing.

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    1. Thank you for commiserating! I must apologise for giggling a little at your description of your sewing experiences 😮 You’re far more skilled than me though, I can’t hem in trouser legs – which is a skill I badly need. Apparently my legs are too short, or tousers are made too long. Cuddly toys for repair? I don’t think I’d go so far… I don’t swear while sewing though, I just bite my lip and endure…

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        1. Haha 😀 I swear in English because my mother tongue’s swearwords don’t satisfy me, which makes it a bit awkward when I swear in public. Which I do all the time because I clearly can’t walk in the street without constantly stumbling or crashing into things and people.

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  2. I applaud you for your effort. As you know, I sew for a living. I almost never repair my own clothes (0r anyone else’s). I hate repairing clothes. I had a hole in the lining of my winter coat pocket for two years now (it appeared right after I got it). I have no plans to fix it anytime soon. Nobody will ever see it. 😉 Also, if I buy pants that are too long, I don’t hem them, I just throw on a pair of high healed shoes when I wear them. How sad am I?

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    1. I was wondering whether this post will upset you, as a professional in the field 😉 Well, maybe you’re more into creative sewing? Though I admit I am a bit surprised that you don’t repair your own clothes. The high heals are a grea tip though. I have a bunch of trousers with legs too long – I thought I needed to have the hems taken in, but now I see all I need is a pair of high heels 😉

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      1. Yes, I am into more “creative” sewing. My work is almost entirely home decor stuff. I like to sew things from scratch. Fixing stuff almost always makes me want to end my life. Your post certainly did not upset me. You wouldn’t believe how many people tell me they can’t sew before even bothering to try. The fact that you even tried is impressive. And hey… you got the job done. Bonus points!

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        1. Ah, home decor! I’d love to see your work. I don’t really do home decorations – for practical purposes, I live in a rented place and don’t want to have any impractical things – but I love looking at them.

          Thanks for your encouragement. Not knowing how to do something has never prevented me from trying 🙂

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          1. Often “just doing” is the best way to learn a new skill. 🙂

            I may post some of my home decor projects on my snapshots, snippets and scribbles blog sometime. I really should start getting back to posting more than photos of my cat there. Maybe I’ll share a photo of the upholstered headboard and the massive mound of coordinating pillows I made for my bed. 🙂

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  3. I hate sewing – of any kind, and will put it off as long as I can. I tend to stab my finger with the needle. If desperate, I am lucky to have a neighbour who does the more major repairs for me if I ask her nicely. She’s meticulous with her sewing.

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    1. How funny is it that we all seem to hate sewing! I wish I had a neighbour like yours. It would come in handy because I have usually a lot of these small repairs to do. Nothing lasts these days, especially not clothes. I feel quite accomplished though that I managed to fix my coat. Its structural integrity was severely compromised, it really needed to be fixed or it would fall apart completely.

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  4. As a person of similar sewing ability I was impressed with your sewing skills and yes after eight tears one might expect some improvement even if by then you were thoroughly pissed off by the whole process. Its sad though isn’t that the quality of the coat comes into question when you have spent your hard earned money on it. Maybe your favourite English class could help by throwing in for you to buy a new one after all I doubt they want you to be cold on your way to work??

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    1. Thank you for your support! You said it. I was thoroughly pissed off by the whole thing. I’m glad to have it done though. I don’t think my students take much interest in my welfare, why should they, after all. I found that the poor things are completely delusional – they seem to believe that I live on my work and that because I am educated, I have no trouble getting work and supporting myself. I tried not to mess with their misconceptions (too much) to allow them to enjoy their blissful ignorance for a bit longer.

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  5. Hat’s off to you! You have my admiration — I HATE sewing. Or rather, I don’t sew at all. I used to hem trousers, when necessary in my younger days. It was painful.

    I used to buy all those brand clothes. Not anymore, I have no reason to buy fancy clothes, I wouldn’t know when to wear them, so now I buy them in WalMart 🙂

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    1. Thank you!! I hate lots of things that I do regularly 😮 This one at least led to some practical results – I can wear my coat for another season now before it falls apart completely. I like fancy clothes, since I work with people when teaching, and since I found that the better dressed you are, the better will people treat you. At least here. I don’t buy brands for brands’ sake – it’s rather that I hope some brands will last longer than others or than WalMart clothes, but it’s hard to tell.

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      1. To no longer go to work very day, makes all the difference. You’re so right about how you get differently treated, depending on what you wear … and it DOES make one helluva difference. Now I go to the grocery store at the most, and see no point anymore. Walmart T-shirts and some jeans … that’s me now 🙂

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