5 Of The Dumbest Things To Ask Someone Who Sews
by on July 11, 2016 in

Do you want to learn how to sew? That would be a smarter bet than asking anyone who sews these 5 dumb questions.

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5 Of The Dumbest Things You Can Ask A Person Who Sews

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67 Responses to 5 Of The Dumbest Things To Ask Someone Who Sews

  1. Jill Keefer says:

    It’s your hobby, right? Since you enjoy sewing so much, it would be an insult to offer you money for something that you love to do.

  2. Melissa DK says:

    My childs first birthday is coming up and I am getting photos done. I need this *insert really cute and elaborate outfit here* sewn. Can you make this for me and I will be sure to give you all the credit in the photos for the outfit? It’s like free advertising for you!

    I have had this happen twice -_-

  3. Kat says:

    It’s easy, the machine just does it all right?

    How did you make that? I don’t want to pay for it, it will be cheaper for me to do it myself (sure, all my machines are free!)

  4. Amber says:

    Its not really a question but a comment I get anytime someone hears I sew. “I could never make that.” Well no, not if you never try learning to sew. I am talking about the most basic things I have made like baby wipes and t&t napkins. I bought a machine and those were some f my first projects so, yes, you could make that! It isn’t extreme talent (some people who sew have talent but I am not one of them). You will never see anyone if you won’t even try threading the machine! Lol.

  5. Lynn Owen says:

    How about, how long does it take you to make that? As the are looking at an item you have for sale.

  6. Karen Danner says:

    This is SO true. I’ve been asked ALL of those questions, and more. You nailed it.

  7. Dawn says:

    Can I borrow your super sharp fabric scissors to open this package?

  8. Candy says:

    Hey, you sew right??!! I have this gorgeous jacket for my three year old grandson and the zipper doesn’t work. Can you replace it, today?

  9. Julia Bush says:

    Oh !! You sew?? Great I need a quilt for my bed …

    I’m not a quilter !!! I’m a seamstress !!!

  10. Penny says:

    Do you really need a pattern?

  11. Funny and right on! I would add “what kind of sewing machine do you have”? (coming from someone who wouldn’t know the dif. between a BabyLock and a stroller) because, of course, the machine does all the work, you just throw fabric at it. So the machine must be awesome (not me).

    Also, I’ve decided to sew and I’m going to buy a machine. Is a $200. machine good?

  12. Suzanne Hege says:

    My favorite is, “Hey Suzanne, Do you know anyone who could do some costumes for our school/church/group/fill in the blank’s next program?”

  13. Sherry Poole says:

    “I want to start a business and sell these items. You can make them for me can’t you? Oh and I can only pay $xx because the going cost of these are $xx and I need to make a profit.” Ummm no I need to make a profit and sewing for $1 per hour is not my idea of profit.

  14. Rachel says:

    My favorite so far has been: “You remember that picture I showed you of the fancy Prom dress right? I’ll pay for the fabric and could you make it? It only had 15 yards of tulle for the skirt and a beaded corset top, a week and a half should be long enough for you to make it, right?!”

  15. Nicola says:

    ………..I love your top, oh you made it yourself!……will you make me one?
    ………..you made that quilt yourself?! …….will you make me one?
    yes, ill guess your size, buy fabric and make your top then buy more fabric wadding etc and spend weeks making you a huge quilt! Like I have nothing else to do and loads of money! Breathe…….

  16. Rae says:

    I’ve had people come into my sewing room and say something about my fabric stash. Or when people think “Well you have a lot of fabric so you MUST have this just lying around so you could make this in 2 days.” Your list spoke to me on a spiritual level.

  17. Rhia says:

    “Nobody will EVER pay (insert cost) for that (insert item). You should really only expect about (insert ridiculously low estimate), because that’s what I’d pay at (insert store that cuts costs by having merchandise made in sweat shops in China).”
    Really. Someone should let Coach, Prada, and Gucci know that! Maybe then they’d make some money!

  18. Carmen Kraus says:

    Oh that is gorgeous! If I buy the fabric at (we shall not name the discount superstore with cheap fabric that is terrible), can you make me 3 of them for me in time for (whatever event)?
    OR….. I love that quilt, can you make one in a king size for me in brown and yellow, I’m changing the color of my room this weekend and I’d love to show it off on Sunday to the family.

    That’s just the tip of the iceberg for dumb questions I’ve been asked.

  19. Jacquetta says:

    “I don’t know why you don’t replace zippers or hems???” Simply because I said that I don’t do alterations! “But you sew…” And? “You are losing so much money.” Well, you take up the trade. Bye, Felicia!!!

    • Dana says:

      I sew as a profession and finally had to start telling people that I DON’T DO ALTERATIONS! I hated every minute of every alteration….

  20. Misty says:

    So true, all of it. I especially love #5. I had to open up my own online fabric store just to justify my fabric habit. Haha

  21. auschick says:

    Hehe. #5 is the devil and angel in my head *every day*.

  22. Flo says:

    Total stranger posting an ISO on a Tuesday. My daughter’s birthday is coming up and need a “character” dress and need it by Sunday. Then, I respond with a quote..She then says, aw I can’t afford that! It’s only $20 at Ross! Yes,pls.go ahead and go to Ross!😂😂😂

  23. April says:

    So, my favorite things I get are these, and there are 2:
    #1 “so, we are friends, so like, I can get a discount for that right?”
    #2 (this one is all about the wording and usually comes from my “best friends”) “Hey I saw this adorable pattern and was wondering if you could make it for me?” (notice the lack of, hey if you could make this I would love to PAY you for it.)

  24. April says:

    OOOOOO wait! I forgot one! There is another fantastic one! “oh so you have a small business? Can you sell my stuff that I make for me? I will totally give you a small percentage for doing all the inventory, shipping and sales!” -_- no. people. just no.

  25. Christine says:

    yeah I get ” I found this on Etsy but it is so expensive you can do this cheaper right? ” NO! I can not and why would I? I have the skills and have to buy the materials. No!

  26. Janice Amrani says:

    Ain’t it the truth? (These are great!) I’d add one though: I’ve been asked to make someone a quilt for X-number of dollars (about one tenth of reasonable) because “That’s what they sell for at Walmart.” And then the person had the nerve to act all huffy when I didn’t jump at the chance!

  27. Diane S says:

    I figured out #2 years ago, when someone asks me to make/mend them something, I tell them to come over and I will teach them how to do it themselves. I have only had 1 person take me up on that in 25 years.

  28. The Bag Lady says:

    You’re charging $70 for that bag? What a ripoff! It’s not like it’s a designer bag.
    Ummm… The fabric alone is $20, and let’s not even discuss hardware, stabilizers, and the time to put this bad boy together. If I priced it like I should, I would be charging $130.

    My other favorite is when they want something highly customized by tomorrow and 1) The project takes a day to cut. 2) Because you are not a fabric store, you don’t have what they want on hand and you have to shop and coordinate said fabrics. 3) Let me stop and drop everything I’m doing to start this project for you because I have nothing better to do.

    When people want a “minor change” that is really major.

  29. Kris says:

    When you are at a fabric store with someone who doesn’t sew and whatever you pick up they ask “What are you going to do with that? “.

  30. Heidi says:

    You sew? Oh great, I need new curtains! <<>>>>

  31. Megan T. says:

    My family is going to disney next week can you make us matching outfits for each of the 5 days will be there?

    My Thoughts: If you can afford disney then you can afford outfits. Plus the people in the costumes don’t care, they really really don’t care. (we live not that far from disney and have friend that work there and even they think its dumb). Yes I realize some do it just for fun.

  32. I found this dress online for $15, but I know you can sew, how much would you charge?

    Can I get a family/friend discount?

    Why do you charge so much? I thought you would be cheaper. I’ll just go to walmart.

    Where did you get your pattern/ how did you make that so I can make this myself and sell them too.

  33. emily says:

    See the reason your item costs so much is you use expensive fabric. I saw the same thing at the Wal-Mart fabric dept for $2/yd. Why would you pay $9/yd for the same thing?
    Yeah, it’s like comparing cheap Wal-Mart sheets to Egyptian cotton high thread count sheets! Same person comes back complaining the fabric shredded (duh, it’s crappy fabric!). Or the colors bled. You get what you pay for! If you want a cheap outfit, that’s what you will get!

  34. Pemk says:

    I put my hand up to sew all this for charity but I don’t know how to sew it. Can you do it for me?!!!! This has happened. Oh, and I did because I am too nice or stupid.

  35. Betsy says:

    If I buy the fabric, will you make me something?

  36. Kv2 says:

    My favorite question is…(two days after they order something custom made) …. hows my order coming? Did u finish it yet??

    No the fabric didnt magically fly here and i havent sat here for 5 hrs yet to make a million ruffles lol

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