In light of recent developments, and due to the fact that so many of us here at the SM Forums have acquired multiple skills over the years, and sewing being one of them, I thought it would be nice to start off with a discussion about sewing. Feel free to discuss how you started sewing and why it is important for you. Any ideas you may have along the way will always be appreciated --your projects and troubles, if any are welcome. This is my sewing machine. It's tough enough to handle most tasks, and relatively easy to use. The Singer 44S is not one of the most expensive machines you can buy, and I do prefer an old Singer with a treadle, being in favor of off-grid self sufficiency. Perhaps one day I can acquire one of these wonderful machines. This is a small carrier I made for my seam rippers and to test out some thread patterns. You can see that I have tested a button loop and attachment, which is one feature I like about this sewing machine. Various materials can be acquired to assist in helping you make excellent garments and utility items. In this photo, I have Heat-Bond (iron on) adhesive for a quick way to cheat and make those important projects hold tight, especially on high wear edges where you do not want any separation, or to simply fasten two pieces of fabric smoothly before sewing. The green fabric you see is a canvas waterproof fabric used for lawn furniture --it's excellent for making light weight outer shells for your winter kit. There are plenty of sewing patterns you can buy online or locally, and they are very inexpensive. In fact, most materials for sewing are not costly at all. I tossed a couple of zippers in the photo to show you one example of an affordable item, each ran me less than $3.00 and can be easily sewn onto my projects. I first started sewing as a child, having several sisters does help facilitate the process, but sewing was also a standard course in my elementary education. I also took sewing electives in college, and I wasn't afraid at all for doing this, even if I was the only male in the classroom. I find sewing to be one of the necessary skills in the realm of self-sufficiency, and encourage anybody to take it up. Another idea, is to carry a small sewing kit in your get home bag or bug out kit, or any field kit. You can make repairs outdoors and keep your clothing and equipment in top condition. It's all good practice!