Slap-dash Sewing- Just My Opinion

There is no doubt that the bloggy world is full of tons of talent. Most of it is eye popping with it's total creative energy and product. I love seeing the unending parade of fantastic ideas that flow onto my computer screen each day.

It is with concern that I notice one trend that does baffles me and it has to do with the acceptance of slap-dash technique when it comes to some of the projects out there. I see this most when it comes to sewing and home dec but I am sure that it creeps into other parts of the bloggy craft world.

Now don't get me wrong, I am the mother of many and like a good short-cut when it's possible or does not interfere with the quality of the project outcome. But when did it become ~cool~ to do less than the best possible in any given situation?

The acceptance of the glue gun sewing and not taking the time to learn simple techniques such as making button holes or learning to insert a zipper simply does not make sense in my head. On one hand I applaud the  creative thinking that has one mom hot-gluing her daughter's prom dress. Or the slipcover maker who resorted to using a stapler to close up her sofa cushions.  But why? Why not learn something new or strive for that higher level of attention to detail. Workmanship that you are proud to show off not that you tuck and hide. I mean if you went to the trouble to sew a slipcover take the time to learn how to insert a zipper for heavens sake!

I meander down this thought path as I am setting up classes for my new studio and am reflecting on the feedback I have gotten so far as to what people know, what they want to learn ( or not learn..which might be more interesting in the long run but not as effective for my $$bottom line$$)

Why is it that capable grown women ( and men)  today feel that they are unable to learn skills that the average Victorian youngster was expected to learn by age 12 ( if not younger)?

So I ask you, if you don't sew but are trying to achieve projects around the house my other means ( staples, hot glue, ties...etc)  What's holding you back from learning to sew?  Or if you know how to sew, why rely on less adequate techniques?  I would love to know and it will help me develop classes for the studio.

If you do sew and strive to learn new techniques and live by the adage that~ the inside should be as pretty as the out~, what inspires you to do so?.. Please share!

Want to read more on this topic?.. check out what Robyn at Coffee&Cotton has to say on the subject! She does a great job of giving voice to some of the things I did not say .. not to mention she is a better speller!


Robyn of Coffee and Cotton said...

Here here! Bravo!
I so agree. I thought I was being a sewing prude. Granted, I can let perfectionism get the best of me...but geez! Some items I see on blogs and EVEN on ETSY are sloppy. I only expect someone to do the best they know how but not throw something together knowing it is substandard. I don't want to sound like the old hag home-ec teacher who tore apart my sewing project apron...oops...sorry...old wound :-)...But lets teach and promote and learn the WHOLE process;art, technique and design.
I am daily inspired by my grandmother who never produced a textile piece that wasn't a work of art. Slap-dash is what gives a negative view of handmade. We, our time and our craft are worth more than slap-dash.
The End of my rampage.
Thank you for this excellent post!

fairyrocks said...

Thank Yoy Thank You.
I sew...not sew much lately, but I have made everything from Wedding dresses to tent patches.
I hate the 'slap dash' as you call it. I can see immediately what kind of stitcher did a project.
I too clip and finish seams turn and press.....
I had wonderful teachers. I think it is about instant gratification that is pervasive in our society.
Those that 'slap' are fooling themselves if they think it is as good as the crafter who takes the time to make to last and to fit properly. Make the seam straight !!!
I see alot of slap dash in the scrapbooking/crafting world too. LOL thank you for letting me rant too LOL

Sherry said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I was just thinking this other day. Those kind of glue gun/stapler applications bug the crap out me. I'm not sure why but it make me involentarily say "uckkkkk" and roll my eyes. The only thing worse than the act are the people who think it is brillant. I know it sounds sew snobby but geesh, teach yourself a simple skill. I know one thing, when I make cushions for my sofa, MY family wont get poked in the butt with

Anonymous said...

Cannot really say the 'why' of why I do what I do.....never thought about the reason I make the "inside" as presentable as the "outside" but the adage: "Anything worth doing is worth doing well" is always unspoken and in the back of my head without any conscious awareness. Such a shame, waste of time in some cases, to do the project at all. Just sayin'.

Emma's Mimi said...

I agree wholeheartedly with what you are saying! I had the best home economics teacher in the world and a wonderful mother at home. Both taught me that you do not cut corners if you want something to stay together and fit correctly.
I was incensed recently when I purchased a pattern online to find the directions shoddy and without substance. The "pattern" was measure and cut and don't worry; no one will ever know.
I don't mind people who want to make money, but I do wish they at least knew something of the craft they are utilizing as a means to do so. Understitching, topstitching, and grading are just a few of the terms I would like to see explained and used in our new sewists' vocabulary. Rant, Rant! I'm an old, old, fogey who learned to piece quilts before I started school.
Your blog makes me happy!

Dina said...

That's a good one.
I also think that it gives "handmade" a kind of bad taste more than ever if a product is getting sold. Certain results just have to be achieved with certain techniques (in my opinion) and I think it's sad that projects that have to be sewed are getting glued... it's just not an adequate standard.
If it's just for fun or if it's for personal use it is ok to glue or what ever :)
Even if I'm rather the lazy type of crafter I'll go for the "original" techniques.

Anonymous said...

Why am I finicky about workmanship?
Well for one, because it's the right way to do it...and it's nice to be able to take pride in your work. And because we all know that anyone who appreciates the fact that an item is handmade is going to flip up that hem, check that binding or take a peek at that bag lining! I don't want to be embarrassed by shoddy work.

The exception, of course, is Halloween costumes. Many a year I've had to tell myself, "It's only a costume."

Mary said...

I am very late to this party because I just found your blog. I agree with you and I would say this about cooking, too.

I don't know that the inside is as pretty as the outside but I do a fair job. I want my projects to be exquisite "handmade" not so-so "homemade".

With the web at our fingertips it is so easy to get a tutorial on most any technique. I have certainly learned easier ways to do things I have always done.