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  • Sewing


    Sewing Fisherman´s Wife by Anna Ancher, 1890.Sewing is the craft of fastening or attaching objects using stitches made with a needle and thread. Sewing is one of the oldest of the textile arts, arising in the Paleolithic era. Before the invention of spinning yarn or weaving fabric, archaeologists believe Stone Age people across Europe and Asia sewed fur and skin clothing using bone, antler or ivory needles and "thread" made of various animal body parts including sinew, catgut, and veins. For thousands of years, all sewing was done by hand. The invention of the sewing machine in the 19th century and the rise of computerization in the 20th century led to mass production and export of sewn objects, but hand sewing is still practiced around the world. Fine hand sewing is a characteristic of high-quality tailoring, haute couture fashion, and custom dressmaking, and is pursued by both textile artists and hobbyists as a means of creative expression. The first known use of the word "sewing" was in the 14th century.

  • Pattern (sewing)


    Cutting patterns in a sewing class. In sewing and fashion design, a pattern is the template from which the parts of a garment are traced onto fabric before being cut out and assembled. Patterns are usually made of paper, and are sometimes made of sturdier materials like paperboard or cardboard if they need to be more robust to withstand repeated use. The process of making or cutting patterns is sometimes condensed to the one-word Patternmaking, but it can also be written pattern(-)making or pattern cutting. A sloper pattern (home sewing) or block pattern (industrial production) is a custom-fitted, basic pattern from which patterns for many different styles can be developed. The process of changing the size of a finished pattern is called grading. Several companies specialize in selling pre-graded patterns directly to consumers who will sew the patterns at home. Commercial clothing manufacturers make their own patterns in-house as part of their design and production process, usually employing at least one specialized patternmaker.

  • Sew Fast Sew Easy


    Sew Fast Sew Easy was a corporation based in New York City, which held sewing classes, and sold sewing patterns and sewing books. It was founded in 1991 by Elissa K. Meyrich, a designer in New York City’s Garment District for over 26 years, an instructor at Parsons School of Design, author and contributing writer to sewing publications. The company created the city's first Stitch 'n Bitch group in 1997. The company started an internet guestbook, the Stitch and Bitch Cafe, in 1998. The company had a small retail store which stocked sewing and knitting items. Vice President and Partner Gregory Garvin left in September 2010. After 20 years of business, it closed. Brands marketed by Sew Fast/Sew Easy included the Sew Fast Sew Easy sewing classes, books, and patterns, and the "Stitch & Bitch" and "Stitch & Bitch Cafe" sewing and knitting products.

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