This afternoon in the staff room a colleague asks the two other people present if they know of anyone who sews. Everyone I work with knows I sew. I have to admit I did have a inner chuckle at that silly little scenario.
My response was quick, "I sew but I don't sew for others." And wanting to be helpful and not dismissive, I added my recommendations for tailor shops in the neighbourhood. One of which I've heard good things about was known to the person asking. She agreed that it was a good tailor shop.
I have yet to meet an non-sewer who truly has an appreciation for the time, effort and expense that goes into sewing tasks.
That said, I don't have an aversion to teaching someone how to sew, suggesting books or sharing tips or suggestions to complete a task on their own.
My experience is that often people don't want to learn or do what they wrongly tend to perceive as simple tasks, let alone pay a fair rate charged by tailor shops.
Whenever someone asks about sewing it is because they are trying to cut costs.
I can't say that I'm surprised, I do live in Winnipeg with a reputation for being
Sew, I was taken aback when someone was looking for someone to sew a curtain. Yeah, a curtain! One that hangs on a curtain rod to cover a bookshelf. You can pick up a curtain in this town cheap at a number of places, why would you look for someone to sew one? And why hide books?
Sometimes people ask for the silliest things, don't they?
The silliest things.