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Speak English Online with Sindee May 19 2016

This session was of some things that I grew up with, as my mother was a seamstress who accidentally started a business, entirely by "word of mouth". She made some dresses (for little girls) with lots of ruffles and lace, which were popular at the time, and donated them for sale at a church bazaar. People liked them so much that they made orders with her for more dresses and eventually, she was running a full scale business out of her home. This business later moved into a store front which taught sewing classes and carried fabrics, notions (another word for accessory sewing supplies, like the items featured in this video) and different types of sewing machines. I grew up with bolts of fabric stored under the bed, in closets and in other places in the home as my mother's business grew. Her friendly nature and willingness to assist and help others, without gouging them on price, made her business grow and thrive. It also gave me the chance to learn a skill that not enough people respect these days or even bother to learn. In this country, ready-made clothes have become so cheap to buy, that it is actually considerably more expensive to make your own clothes than it is to buy them, so most people have no need to know how to sew. If something needs repair, it is simply thrown out, used as a rag to clean up in the garage, etc. or donated to places that sell second hand items. Due to the volume of donated clothes, if something isn't in usable condition, i.e. it is torn, stained, has worn spots, etc., then it is thrown into the trash by the donation centers since it is viewed as not worth fixing. Personally, I buy my clothes from overseas now, but I suspect that is where much of our clothes come from anyway.


Sindeewas born and raised in southern California, lived in Arizona almost 20 years and currently lives in New York, U.S.A.
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