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Saving Nine

As in: “A stitch in time saves nine.” This proverb means that it’s easier to take care of a problem as soon as it’s noticed rather than wait until it gets bigger and require much more effort. Taken literally, sewing up a tiny hole (one stitch) before it gets worse (in time) means you won’t have to repair a larger one later (nine stitches).

Everyone has a store that they can spend hours in. Gearheads like auto parts stores, outdoorsmen like sporting goods stores, craftsmen like hardware stores. For me, it’s a fabric store. There are always new patterns and prints to look through, new decorative pieces and hardware, and usually someone who can answer questions. Even if all of that wasn’t true, different projects require different fabrics. This tote should be canvas while that nightgown requires batiste. Those tablecloths need damask and these pillowcases are made from percale. In addition, you’ll need different threads and needles for each of those. You might even need a specialty foot for your machine to handle a tricky stitch.

Don’t even get me started on embroidering.

June 13 is Sewing Machine Day, so if you’re happiest with a needle and thread in your hands, take a break from sorting your fabric scraps and check out these sewing mugs!

1. Simplicity

It’s an easy schedule to keep. You may forget what day it is, though.

2. On Your Marks

In my opinion, the best innovation in the craft is machines that practically thread themselves.

3. Goals

The nicest difference between a hobby and a business is that you don’t have to please anyone but yourself.

4. Scalable Deliverables

Everything sounds better in corporate jargon, right? Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to initialize some cross-platform networking.

5. $#&%!

The pattern calls for a 1 ¼” seam allowance, so how did I end up with ¾”? This is why you buy more fabric than the project requires.

6. Zoom!

Sewing machine foot pedals are a lot like car clutches. Every one of them is different, and it takes a while to master the fine control you want.

7. Productive

You know who to call when you need your clothes repaired. I’ll be right here.

8. Sewsday

It has a nice ring to it, don’t you think? Any reason for another weekend day is a valid one.

9. Out of Office

No, I don't want to "talk it out." Just let me stab this fabric repeatedly until I’ve calmed down.

10. Group Project

You know what they say: the family that sews together goes together. (They don’t really say that.)

This is a short list of some of the sewing mugs we offer. (We haven’t forgotten you weavers, knitters, and quilters, either.) Have a whole sewing circle to buy for? Remember that U.S. orders of two or more mugs get free shipping. That saves you enough to get another spool or two of thread!