As a rule we take things for granted. We wear clothes everyday (a good thing for some of us), when we need new ones we go and buy them. But if you were in a situation where there where no stores, what would you do? I always claim little fairies come while the family sleeps and takes care of us. Well, that is not the case, so we have to think of the things we will need in an emergency. Life is full of uncertainties, so let’s get with the program.
Have you thought of sewing items and material to make or repair clothes? I have been sewing since high school. Not well, but the clothes stay sewn and don’t look to bad. I am making a list of some things you would need. With no electricity what would you use? I have two peddle sewing machines that will be handy to use, but make sure you have extra belts for the machine to operate and needles that fit, plus 3 in one oil (Or any machine oil).
- Buttons: lots of different sizes and shapes (I have a tackle box full & then some,
- Thread: you do not need many colors, black, white, dark blue, but a lot of it.
- Straight pins:
- Measuring tape: can be either cloth or metal.
- Materials for making and repairing all types of clothing. Different weights and types of materials depending on the climate where you live.
- Patterns: your choice of patterns will depend upon your families, size, age and sex
- Scissors: two pair, small and a large heavy weight one. I recommend spares for both.
- Needles for hand sewing.
- Needles for machine sewing.
- I stock jean and canvas cloth, so I have heavy duty needles also.
- Some paper to make patterns, you can use plain or newspaper
- Seam bindings
There are so many items that we can pack in a box, for instance, do you make quilts, crochet, needle point, knitting and etc. Don’t forget you will need thread to darn socks.
If you do not have any experience sewing you may want to start practicing now and maybe even take a few night classes.