Home economics (what a misnomer!) wasn’t one of my favorite courses in high school. Do they still teach it?
Nonetheless, I can wield a needle for basic repairs as well as anyone.
The dry cleaner had finally destroyed buttons on a 15-year old Flax brand linen blouse that was otherwise indestructable, so it was time to get replace them.
Sure, I could have had the dry cleaner do it, but why pay someone when I could do it myself?
After a visit to the notions store for the right size buttons, I got out my ancient sewing kit.
That’s right. My mother kept her sewing things in one of these, and when I got married back in the day, she gave me one. Do you know what it is?
It’s an old fruit cake tin. Here’s the funny thing: in all these years, I’d never turned it over, so this was the first time I’d seen the embossing. Who knew that Hostess once offered fruit cakes? Or that they still do, only not in a tin? Or that these are called “vintage” and go for up to $25 on Ebay? Yep.
|But mine holds needles, threads and notions.
So one night, I reclined on the bed to make repairs with a good TV show in the background.
i was surprised at how relaxing it was. Remove the old button. Place the new. But first, thread the needle, which, at this age, was the most stressful part of the activity.
Stitch, pull….stitch, pull…the repetitive motions were soothing and peaceful.
I’m sure this would not be the case if I were working with patterns, measuring, cutting and worrying about fit and look. But this simple, repeated action seemed as calming as meditation. Here’s something I hadn’t considered before:
And in some cases, it may be just as effective.
By the way, Flax brand linen lasts forever, it seems, at least the heavier weight style. I just found an online purveyor and bought a bunch of the gauzier styles for India. They’ll be cool and airy and I hope I’ll look like Judi Dench in the Hotel Marigold movie.
Hey, don’t harsh my fantasy, ok?