”dig” out my sewing machine or choose manual labor with a needle & thread?
I absolutely love our full-time RVing lifestyle and living in a 429 square feet space. There very few aspects of living in a house that I miss but I do dearly miss my sewing room! My precious 1969 Elna sewing machine was always ready and waiting for me to do large and small projects, like replacing buttons.
Replacing a button with the sewing machine is so quick and easy EXCEPT when it comes to digging into the back of my closet to retrieve the Elna and then making room for it somewhere in our rig, most likely in the way.
So I’ll do it by hand! Do you know how to replace a button using a needle and thread? I do!
Buttons all selected so I’m ready to go.
Thread needle and knot at the end. Bring thread and needle up through the back of the garment and back down through a hole to the back, then back up through a third hole and back down keeping the thread loose. Slide a straight pin through the two threads and continue to sew the button. The straight pin is serving to add space between the button and the garment, making it easier to fasten.
Knot the thread and clip it off with scissors.
And I did it two more times: my silk Chico’s pants and GET’s favorite cargo shorts:
After replacing three buttons by hand I thought about how much time this had taken and then about how long it would have taken to simply set up my sewing machine and quickly use a zigzag stitch to replace the three buttons.
Ummm…the machine route may have been faster in the long run! But, digging into my closet and then getting the Elna wedged back into the corner afterward…maybe it really is too much hassle?
Life in a small space=compromise.