When you are already months into sewing, that's when it hits you: "this is in no way a cheap hobby!" I bet I am not alone in initially thinking that by pursuing sewing, I will be able to save on clothing cost, but eventually realized that this is not exactly the case. Once you get hooked, you end up buying more than what you need (because that’s what hobbies are for, in the first place). Also, another inevitable development along the way is starting to explore other sewing projects aside from clothing.
So far, I’ve done curtains, table runners, tote bags, among others. Each sewing project may require different kinds of threads, needles, and fabric. It’s all fun until you start to sit down with yourself for inventory and financial tracking.
So, if you are planning to hop into the sewing world like me, here are the costs that you should anticipate:
Sewing Machine - $100-150
Portable sewing machine - $30-50
Fabric - $30-50 per type
Tools - $40-50
I still did not include the other stuff in my sewing area and the expenses for patterns. These expenses are what I consider a ’starter pack’. I am pretty sure other sewing hobbyists like me are also spending more than this, yet we seem to not mind. Why? Because a hobby is a hobby, it re-energizes, it helps you keep in touch with your creativity.
It does not necessarily affect my spending for clothes to be honest, but I get to create personalized gifts for almost any occasion. And that’s really a rewarding feeling, as well. These costs are also mostly not recurring fees. So it will only take you a one time spending, and the rest can last for years, already. Even spare fabrics can still be used to create brand new sewing projects in the futre.