I’ve been reading this book Overdressed about the so-called “fast fashion” industry and I’m really getting a lot out of it. There’s a chapter on sewing, mending, and altering your own clothing, and one of the women interviewed talks about how, in just one generation, we’ve all but lost the skill. She says that sewing with a machine is not something easily picked up from a book but is much better suited to learning from a person, which is why it’s a skill that’s been handed down over the generations. Reading this made me think of this lovely guy, Julius Christopher, whose slow, patient Youtube tutorials are the reason I’m now able to thread my machine without crying and stomping my feet in frustration. I’ve probably watched this one five times. Without him I wouldn’t have been able to make my jeans extra skinny or fix my tunic with the weird gapping under the armpits. Thank you, sir!