Repaired Things

Sewing Rebellion
October 17, 2011, 8:06 pm
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At Barter Town, I met Maya of the NYC chapter of Sewing Rebellion. She was giving out these little mending kits and teaching folks to sew buttons and disguise stains with embroidery.

From their mission statement:

Sewing Rebellion meetings are a way for people to help each other reclaim basic sewing skills, mending skills, tailoring, and so on.  SR meetings are FREE, because sewing should be a right, not a privilege. As a former coordinator (and current “traveling correspondent”) said, “people buy something at Kmart and it gets a hole in it and they go and buy another one. That’s problematic for a number of reasons. It’s supporting the worldwide garment industry, which is extremely exploitative, so that we can have cheap stuff that breaks. It’s also contributing to everyone looking the same. You spend a lot of money and you look like everybody else, and you’re helpless when things break or don’t work. This is just a simple way that you can be more self-sufficient.” Well said Amelia. Hence, the SR tagline “Stop Shopping, Start Sewing!”

Hell yeah!! Sewing=Rebellion. Repair=Revolution.

Also check out their simple PDF guides to simple repairs and a Mending Circle every first Thursday at the Textile Arts Center.


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