Every home needs an emergency sewing kit for frugal living. In these uncertain times of higher prices, it may be critical to be able to mend a sock or replace a button. These tasks are doable for even the most non-creative person. You can sew or mend to save money! Frugal living will pay off in the near future.
A worldwide crisis is looming, a threat unlike any we have seen before. The food crisis that is upon us, and the oil prices rising, looks to send all goods higher in the near future. Natural disasters have not helped matters either. It takes time to overcome weather related food shortages, which translate into “food & goods” shortages such as cotton, and other commodities being severely effected. Although the rise in prices is only starting to effect the U.S., it is important to note that this has been going on around the world for over a year. America is strong, but cannot hold this off forever. This is why it is time to prepare yourself for whatever is coming, to the best of your ability!
Here is a list of basic items to include in your emergency sewing kit.
- Sharp pair of sewing scissors
- Thread in white and black for starters. From there purchase some heavy duty threads in the same colors and perhaps include the blue jean yellow/orange. Be smart in this area. If most of your clothes are blue, then buy blue thread. If white then buy white and so on. If no one wears red in the family, don’t be tempted to buy that beautiful spool of Christmas red that you will never use. The idea is to have light and dark colors that will blend with most of your clothes including socks and undergarments.
- Bag of loose buttons. Try to purchase a bag with matches in it and stay towards neutral colors, including black.
- Package of assorted sewing needles.
- Thimble to protect your fingers, if you are not used to sewing.
- Elastic in widths that match your clothing. Note: You can always go smaller on the width of elastic but never bigger.
- Patches for blue jeans. This is a practical thing to do if you have active people in your family who love their jeans. You may never have though to buy those iron on patches, and I do recommend you sew them down as well., so, you can have fun with it. If you are patching a say a girls jeans, have her decorate the patch to give her jeans a designer flair. This helps the idea go over much easier. You can always go with the worn out jeans look, unless the hole is in a bad location. Then you need a patch or ditch the jeans for rags.
How to store your items:
You can buy one of those fancy sewing kits or save the money and just buy these items individually and store them in a jar or shoe box. Again, the idea is to be prepared for hard times, and be frugal about it. The jar idea is really cool because, you can place a small amount of scraps of fabric or pillow stuffing on top of the lid, then place a piece of cloth over that. If you have a hot glue gun, glue it all down, then place your ring over that on your mason or ball jar. Now you have a pin cushion and a jar for all of your supplies. Save over sized jars from when you buy pickles at the supermarket, and you just saved yourself from having to buy a box of canning jars.
Tip: Don’t let your clothes go tattered for too long. Mend them right away to catch a hole in a shirt before it becomes a complete tear down the shirt. This is very important! It may require examining your clothes more closely after they are washed and dried.
Where can I find sewing items at low prices or discount in Knoxville?
Some unusual places you may not ever think to buy sewing supplies are your local drug store, grocery store, dollar or other discount stores. These places usually have mending products on sale for you. So if you tear that most important garment at after hours of your favorite fabric store, you can get what you need at one of these types of stores as well.
Hancock Fabrics has several locations in Knoxville. They boast of new and discounted fabrics. They carry a full range of supplies. You can find them at:
202 North Seven Oaks Drive, Knoxville, TN 37922
4916 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37919
For more places to shop, check out Cylex Business Directory online.
Being prepared for higher prices on everything is crucial at this time. The U.S. Is now feeling the pinch that the rest of the world has been feeling for months as the result of a food crisis. With cotton at all time highs, gas rising daily because of the unrest in the middle east, and the natural disasters effecting our food supply; we are in for tough times. Preparing can save you money in the end. Having an emergency sewing kit, is a good practice of frugal living even in peaceful times. Be smart and save money!
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