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Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I have the impression from markets and observations that sewing may be a popular activity in Switzerland. At least it seems to be more so than I am used to.

In addition to many handmade children’s clothes, it seems as if there are numerous sewing shops and fabric stores. I also noticed numerous wool shops for knitters.

Is it my imagination or is this a thriving interest area?
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

yes, it is.
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I have the impression from markets and observations that sewing may be a popular activity in Switzerland. At least it seems to be more so than I am used to.

In addition to many handmade children’s clothes, it seems as if there are numerous sewing shops and fabric stores. I also noticed numerous wool shops for knitters.

Is it my imagination or is this a thriving interest area?
Yep. And not just in CH. Taking over, one skein at a time...
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

Sewing is still popular, but I have been disappointed with the fabric selection one finds here. A question of personal taste, obviously, but the range of the kind of prints and colours I prefer, especially natural fabrics, seems limited. For decorative fabrics I have found it best to look in France or Italy.

Interestingly, though, the Bluewin homepage recently highlighted the last fabric printing company in Switzerland - Mitloedi Textildruck in Mitlödi, Glarus:

http://www.mitloedi.com

I see they have a Fabrikladen, but it is only open limited hours. Before I schlep down there bright and early of a Saturday, have any of you visited? How are the prices, quality? I'd be very interested to hear of your experiences...
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I know people who buy second-hand clothing and home textiles and alter them, or use the fabric that appealed to them to make something complete different.
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I am a big up-cycler myself. To take clothes apart and redo completely is fun.

Otherwise, it is not as big here as it is back home but it is getting there.
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

https://www.stoffmarktholland.de/

I think they are also once a year in Weil am Rhein

I really do miss the "lapjesmarkt" from my home country (= market with only fabrics)
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I can't even thread a needle I'm happy to say!!!
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

But on the decline..... my godfather owns the Modesa fabric stores, they've to close down now.

Ikea et al sell cheaper if you're looking for fabric now, check their sales.
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I can't even thread a needle I'm happy to say!!!
I can't any more - I can just about see the needle but not the hole in it!

Having said that, I'm not embarrassed to say that my mum taught my brothers and I how to sew (along with cooking etc) and it's a bloody useful skill.

I've replaced a soft top for a convertible, made a trailer cover, repaired tents and even sewed up a rip in my paraglider in the middle of the Australian outback.
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But on the decline..... my godfather owns the Modesa fabric stores, they've to close down now.
That is such a shame. One of the few places that had some good quality home deco fabrics.


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Most of the fabric stores I liked are gone.

So where to all y'all go now in 2019 for good quality natural fabrics?

(As in, no neons or shiny polyesters, which is mostly what the local large-ish chain store seems to stock.)
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That is such a shame. One of the few places that had some good quality home deco fabrics.


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Most of the fabric stores I liked are gone.

So where to all y'all go now in 2019 for good quality natural fabrics?

(As in, no neons or shiny polyesters, which is mostly what the local large-ish chain store seems to stock.)
I go to France to Mondial Tissus, it’s probably a bit too far for you.

https://www.mondialtissus.fr/
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I am lucky, in my former home town is a 'Mercerie' with 2 shops and one more in Shoppyland Schönbühl (Hans Zbinden is the name, should you ever be in Biel) they cover my yarn, but now also my fabric needs
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So where to all y'all go now in 2019 for good quality natural fabrics?

(As in, no neons or shiny polyesters, which is mostly what the local large-ish chain store seems to stock.)

I go to Milan or the UK, either online or in person. Milan has some fantastic fabric shops - www.ladulsatina.com/fabric-shopping-in-milan.

In the UK, clothspot.co.uk, merchantandmills.com, raystitch.co.uk are all good.

Agree with you that the choice here is very limited and of course expensive.
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Having said that, I'm not embarrassed to say that my mum taught my brothers and I how to sew (along with cooking etc) and it's a bloody useful skill.

I've replaced a soft top for a convertible, made a trailer cover, repaired tents and even sewed up a rip in my paraglider in the middle of the Australian outback.
Now that you mention it, the sewing make/female stereotype is also interesting to me. Is there anywhere it’s not associated mainly with females? I thought it might be popular here because many mothers stay home all day and have time to sew.

Of the many do-it-yourself areas, sewing seems as if it has the potential to be one of the most cost effective. Is that true?
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

Ikea isn't bad when I need new linen, I don't mind turning it into a dress or PJs. I have actually turned a Swedish handwoven table cloth into a chic A-skirt before I even started consider Ikea utility fabrics for clothes, so..fantastic canvas.

Can teach anyone how to not kill oneself with sewing or knitting needles. But it is true, that some folks just need better reading glasses and a bit of patience. You tube has great tutorials, t-shirt skate socks were popular with the youth I know.

Thrift stores are the best for fabric for me, when I have the time. I teach my students to start on re-doing a garment, they are less afraid to cut into it instead of a new and expensive material for sewing. And that it is better to create something that looks hand-made as opposed to home-made.
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Now that you mention it, the sewing make/female stereotype is also interesting to me. Is there anywhere it’s not associated mainly with females? I thought it might be popular here because many mothers stay home all day and have time to sew.

Of the many do-it-yourself areas, sewing seems as if it has the potential to be one of the most cost effective. Is that true?

Wow. It is only attributed to women in our Western society. Everywhere else it is a shared skill, to my knowledge. Or, women made, men sold on the market, that kinda labor division (but not really skill attribution). But I don't see it as a girl thing to know at all.
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Now that you mention it, the sewing male/female stereotype is also interesting to me. Is there anywhere it’s not associated mainly with females? I thought it might be popular here because many mothers stay home all day and have time to sew.

Of the many do-it-yourself areas, sewing seems as if it has the potential to be one of the most cost effective. Is that true?
You learn to sew in scouts to a certain extent so you can do minor repairs and sew on interest badges. Boys as well as girls had to do it.

My dad was better at sewing than my mum because he learned to do it in the army and his stitching was always military-neat.

I can do essentials when I absolutely have to but I'm not interested in it as a hobby.
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Now that you mention it, the sewing make/female stereotype is also interesting to me. Is there anywhere it’s not associated mainly with females? I thought it might be popular here because many mothers stay home all day and have time to sew.
Tailoring is still mostly male and all the people I know of who commercially repair classic car seats and soft tops are make too.
Lots of sail makers are male.

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Of the many do-it-yourself areas, sewing seems as if it has the potential to be one of the most cost effective. Is that true?
Judging by the cost of curtains etc, probably. Making repairs to other things is usually cheaper than replacing the whole item - especially tents etc.

We've got a massive canvas window blind that needs replacing - I'm going to do that next winter (when it's not needed) but I may get a quote from the manufacturer first to see whether it's worth doing myself.
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Re: Is sewing particularly popular in Switzerland?

I learned to sew from my mother, who learned it from her mother, who learned it from her mother, and so on and so forth.

(Cue the embarrassing 1960s family photo where we - children and parents alike - are all dressed in outfits made from the same fabric, Family von Trapp style. My mother, ever the bargain hunter, got a discount on the whole bolt.)

And yet the professional sewer in the family was an uncle who was a master tailor.

Sewing was simply one of the skills needed on the way towards adulthood. That, and knowing how to mow the lawn, change a tire, paint a room. Back in the day, it was DIY or it didn't get done.

I loved to sew; it's a hobby both useful and contemplative. Nowadays I'm rusty, I haven't done any real tailoring in years, but occasionally when the mutts decide that a new slipcover is needed I break out the ol' Singer.

As to savings potential...

The price of good fabric has skyrocketed, especially in Switzerland, so the savings are probably not what they used to be. These days I sew mostly because I cannot find the things I want ready made in the stores. But that assumes I can find the fabric I want...
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