Welcome back to the Frugal Tuesday series! I started this last year as a way for me and the other readers to answer any questions that you might have that are frugal or at least semi- frugal-related. If you have a question to ask, just go HERE and fill out the form!
Do you sew to save money? ~ Marsha
My answer would be yes and no. There are things I sew because I can save money on that particular item, and then again there are things I can find cheaper at the store on clearance or at a rummage sale. I'll give you some examples.
I usually buy all my clothes from rummage sales and maybe the stray outfit here and there from a clearance rack. I rarely ever buy anything full price. There are some things I prefer to buy premade like shirts and jeans because I just am not that good a seamstress. However I like to wear sundresses in the summer and I have a hard time finding cheap sundresses that are a decent length. (I am not, by any means, a tall person and I still can't find dresses that hit my knees, is it just me or are they all made super short now?) So I like to sew myself simple sundresses to wear around the house.
Sewing can actually be an expensive venture. Sewing machines are expensive unless you find them used (check for them at a pawn shop or in your local classifieds!) and fabric can cost and arm and a leg. Right now, I've only been buying fabric that I find at thrift stores or rummage sales. Thrift stores are a great place to find fabric! I can usually get just about anything for $1 or less per yard. They are also a good place to find notions which can also be very expensive, and patterns. I was shocked a few months ago when I walked into Hancock Fabrics looking for a pattern and the cheapest one I could find was $7. I usually pay around $0.25 - $0.50 a pattern at the thrift store. Most of them are for older styles but it's not all that hard to change them up so they look great.
Thread is something I haven't been able to find at a rock bottom price, but it's not all that expensive to begin with. The biggest expenses are those that I mentioned above, the fabric, patterns and notions.
As far as household goods go, I haven't really sewn too many curtains or blankets for our home. I can usually find a great deal on clearance curtains. I have made a few no-sew items with clearance fleece that I've found for blankets and such. That's more of a hobby than anything though, not really a frugal activity.
What about you, do you sew? Do you think sewing can be more frugal?
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