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is an ancient craft involving the stitching of cloth, animal skins, furs, or other materials, using needle and thread. Its use is nearly universal among human populations and dates back to Paleolithic times (30,000 BC). Sewing predates the weaving of cloth.

Sewing is used primarily to produce clothing and household furnishings as curtains, bedclothes, upholstery, and table linens. It is also used for sails, bellows, skin boats, and other items shaped out of flexible materials such as canvas and leather.

Most sewing in the industrial world is done by machines. Pieces of a garment or the edge of a cloth are firstly tacked together. Some people sew clothes for themselves and their families. More often home sewers sew to repair clothes, such as mending a torn seam or replacing a loose button. A person who sews for a living is known as a seamstress, dressmaker, tailor, or garment worker.

"Plain" sewing is done for functional reasons: making or mending clothing or household linens. "Fancy" sewing is primarily decorative, including techniques such as shirring, embroidery, or quilting.

Sewing is the foundation for many needle arts and crafts, such as applique, canvas work, and patchwork.

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Seam ripper



Notions (Objects Sewn Into Garments or Soft Goods)









List of stitches

back tack

backstitch - for imitating machine stitches

basting stitch (or tacking) - for temporary fixing

blanket stitch

blind stitch (or hem stitch)

buttonhole stitch

chain stitch


feather stitch

hemming stitch



padding stitch

running stitch - for seams and gathering

slip stitch - for fastening a folded edge to a flat piece of fabric, or to another folded edge

straight stitch


whipstitch (or oversewing stitch) - for protecting edges

zig-zag stitch

Sewing Machinery Definition

Stitching Definitions

Tack Stitch

The above article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia ( Modified by Apparel Search 10/19/04.
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