I see this term “Selfish Sewing” all over the sewing community, it is a hashtag with 41,862 posts on Instagram alone. When I first read it, I loved the idea, the bluntness of sewing for yourself-with such joy-as various bloggers and seamstresses seemed to show. It resonated deeply with me.
Then as the term use progressed, I read about the fallout. The not so positive reactions of family, friends and acquaintances over the seamstresses use of “Selfish” in relation to their sewing. Not everyone had a bad reaction of course, not even most. But it got me to thinking, is what we are doing selfish at it’s core? I don’t think so. In other areas and subjects they have adopted “Self Care” so it is clear it is healthy and positive and even necessary to our mental and emotional health. So why not sewing? Can we replace “Selfish” with “Self Care”? Which do you prefer? As a side note, does your sewing machine view look as messy as mine? Let me know in the comments below.