Hi friends! Do you live in a remote place? (I’m open to various interpretations of the word “remote”– it’s all relative, after all.) I’m really interested to hear about the challenges you face when you don’t have fabric and pattern stores within a short trip nearby. Where I live, in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, there’s an embarrassment of riches when it comes to places to purchase fabric, sewing machines, specialty notions, and patterns. There must be at least a dozen fabric stores just in the Queen Street / Spadina Ave area alone. (Real talk: this doesn’t seem to prevent me from getting crotchety when I can’t find *just* *the right* *fabric* among the thousands of options on offer. #firstworldproblem) There are also plenty of sewing studios that offer lessons and rental access to machines in this city. Now that I’m thinking of it, I really need to start a damn gratitude journal, possibly entitled “gratitude for the crotchety type”.
So what about you? What’s the situation where you live? Is it hard or even impossible to get the patterns, fabrics, and supplies you need? Are shipping costs prohibitive for ordering what you need online? Is there a strong sewing community where you live or do you feel like a lone wolf sewist? If you experience any or all of these challenges, how do you cope?
Please leave a comment. I’d love to hear what “life as a sewist” is like in your corner of the world.
Oh, and when I googled “sewing in remote places” just to see what was out there, I got a giant boatload of links to tutorials for sewing a remote control holder for your couch. Lol. Here’s a good one from Sewing Rabbit: http://mesewcrazy.com/2016/02/how-to-make-a-remote-caddy.html
Thanks for stopping by!