Jam-packed with feeling

 I dusted off my sewing machine to construct a pair of jammies for my husband and was struck by the lessons sewing can teach us.

For me and most of my pals, time is a true commodity, and one that companies like Amazon recognize fully.

Rather than spending your precious time searching at the mall for the right Instant-Pot, Amazon can deliver one straight to your door.

Same for pajamas.

Why toil over cutting, stitching and ironing a pair of PJs when you can find your size with a few strokes on your electronic wizard?

One reason I decided to make my own jammies is because I could choose a flannel fabric with just the right colors, and make small adjustments you won’t find in a factory-made pair.

Adjustments like just-the-right-size elastic for his girth and the custom-made hem.

I see the hours spent in labor as a gift of love.

Every stitch in is infused with meaning, even if we can’t see it.

But I know it is there.
















About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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