When I went into the local sewing shops in search of a sewing box, I experienced what could kindly be called disappointment. Actually, what I really felt was an extreme case of the eye rolls. Before me lay an ocean of options. All. In. Pink.
I understand the majority of people that sew are female. What I don’t get, is why every single option was either trimmed, bespeckled, or highlighted in pink? There are ladies that don’t like this right?
My daughter, for example, would prefer Hulk’s grimace plastered all over her Easter dress instead of pretty flowers. My wife is happy to have a nice Red Sox hat in place of a lacy bow. There are others like them right? Am I living in some Bizzaro world that doesn’t match reality?
And what about the guys that do sew? What are they supposed to use? There were no sports themed sewing boxes, no stripes of green or blue. There wasn’t even a single, solid black box to tuck away you pinking shears when your buddies come round to watch the Big Game. “HEY! Use those coasters. I didn’t spend three hours learning how to zig-zag stitch for nothing, you big oaf!”
The fact is, there really should be more options.
Even my online search didn’t turn up an abundance of gender-neutral color schemes. Sure, there were a handful, but they make sure you pay full price for that non-standard (non-PINK) encasement. I was also disappointed that the boxes I found had set sizes for the storage areas. If you wanted a kit with adjustable spacing, get ready to drop more cash. If you came looking for a reasonable price, it was ‘One Size Fits All’.
I found a lot of men AND women had turned to tackle boxes to store their wares. This is actually a pretty good idea, and considering the similarities between fishing line and thread, it makes good horse sense. I still wasn’t thrilled with my options however. Tackle boxes quickly crawl up in price once you need a certain size, and I wanted a box big enough to throw a few yards of fabric into.
All in all, it’s a box I’d be tickled PINK to carry. —–> I had to do it.