Digital Stash Management

I am a late baby-boomer, but I am an information specialist working in a progressive academic library.  So I’m more “millennial” than many others my age.  I get that. I am also an avid sewist, manic knitter and occasional crocheter.  If it involves a needle, I’m there.  I am tired of living in two completely separate worlds!  When is the sewing industry going to get a clue?  

There seems to be a huge sewing revival among the younger generations – the generations that do not go anywhere without their smartphone and know all the free wifi spots along their route.  They are blogging and posting to all forms of their social media about their sewing adventures.  So do you mean to tell me that they have fabric scraps taped to index cards  and photocopies of their favorite patterns in their purses when they go shopping?

I long for a means to create a digital stash……..something where I can have the patterns I own and the fabrics I own all managed in a website or better yet, a smartphone app.  I’ve been researching this.  I can’t seem to find that anyone uses anything.  The couple of apps that I have looked out are very problematic and don’t get the job done.  I’m currently testing one idea……more to come.


Generation We and Working With Their Hands

While scanning my Twitter feed, I ran across this article re-tweeted by HootSuite concerning Millennials and the social media skills they lack. I had not heard the Millennials referred to as Generation We or Generation Me but I find that it is an accurate description. Those born between 1980 and 2000 have:

predispositions of Generation Me – idealism, entitlement, a need for instant gratification, and recognition

I find that many have no desire or need to work with their hands.  I wonder if that is a result of needing instant gratification. I’m sure there is no large media splash of recognition for having completed a hand-knit scarf or sewing an adorable baby bib or quilting a lap-quilt.  In addition to social media skills, my informal research has found that they do not know how to thread a needle, replace a button, or hem their pants.

I have stumbled upon several of this generation who have discovered they lack these skills and are interested in acquiring them.  I was a tad surprised, thinking this generation born of YouTube would simply Google anything they wanted to learn and be fine.  But they don’t want to do that.  They want a real, live person to instruct them, be in the room with them and lead them from beginning to end in a project.  The sad thing is there are not many of my generation (late Baby-Boomers) who learned the skills themselves and all home economics programs were eliminated in public schools long ago.

Thus, I am in the middle of planning a (Very) Basic Alterations class that is not my true definition of an alterations class.  This class is a combination of beginning sewing-threading a needle, tying a knot, sewing on a button; hemming-shortening or lengthening pants, shorts, dresses, skirts, tops; and shopping for the correct size clothing online.


Should be interesting.  Maybe they will come.