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Notions are items required for finishing a garment in addition to the fabric and pattern, e.g. pins and buttons, but not pin cushions. The article needs to be rearranged accordingly. Mr. Jones 12:40, 30 April 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yarn and threadEdit

Hi Andre,

noted your amendment. Unfortunately, there is a big difference between yarn and thread. Thread is used for sewing, and yarn for knitting/crochet.

User:Renata 1/10/2002

what about other stitches, anyone helps us to add some explanationsEdit

explanations pls

There are many, many different stitches, used in different contexts (depending on the application). There is a big -and still very incomplete- basic list on the page and a bit on stitch. There are so many different stitches that it is going to need its own page. I will be personally undertaking this in the next month, including posting example photos of my own work. --Kat 07:34, 18 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much. I have been working so hard on the Islam-related articles that I haven't had time to work on clothing/textile/sewing stuff and I really appreciate the good work you and PKM are doing. Zora 07:59, 18 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Kat, great! Saw a couple of your edits and was delighted to have you on the (unofficial) team. I have put stuff on zig-zag stitch under zig-zag, but perhaps it should be moved and cross-referenced. Paula Kate (PKM) 18:39, 18 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]


anyone know of a quick and dirty guide of mending little rips and tears of clothing? Please link.

Sewing terminology?Edit

Do we want/need a separate article on sewing terminology, to include things like dart, bias, grainline, princess seam, Hong Kong finish, french seam, lining, interlining, etc.? Or does that belong here, or with sewing patterns? PKM 21:17, 12 Jun 2005 (UTC)

I think that's a great idea! Pcvjamaica (talk) 23:47, 7 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Plastic canvas"Edit

I found a napkin holder that was made out of some yarn and a weird green plastic with holes in it, and a friend told me that this was "plastic canvas", and used as a structural material for sewing and such. Does anyone know anything about it? Would someone be able to create a stub or redirect for plastic canvas? --Creidieki 00:34, 6 November 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I did; thought I posted a comment here. PKM 17:17, 17 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sure, you can buy it at AC more. It can be used for tons of stuff and is a great tool to use to teach needlepoint or bargello. The plastic canvas actually comes in a variety of colors.


Redirects here. There's no mention of it in the article, and it's not just a synonym for 'sewing' after all. Someone kindly fix this! (ie write a bit)

Done. See Darning. PKM did a lot of good work on it. Zora 21:13, 17 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tacking and BastingEdit

I've started Tack (sewing) - there's a cleanup effort on to break apart the various senses of tack - could use more information. Like an illustration of how to make a tailor's tack.

Also, basting now covers both the cooking and sewing senses - if someone does basting stitch we should split those apart, and link from tack (sewing) - I have temporarily linked basting stitch here to tack (sewing)

Oh, and could someone form the UK confirm whether "tack" is the standard UK term for US "baste"? - PKM 18:09, 20 December 2005 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Someone added some books by Barbara Deckert that are not sewing classics. I removed them. I suspect intent to boost sales, but I could be wrong; it could be that those were just the books that someone had handy, and thought were useful. I will add some more books later -- Therese de Dilmont, for one thing. A classic, and it's still available. The Vogue and Reader's Digest books aren't bad either. Zora 14:05, 7 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I found several sentences in the section of "20th century and today," describing the popularization and development of sewing patterns, and these sentences appear to be plagiarized by Podcast. The following link <ref> is where I found it. Please refer to it and share your thoughts or comments.JRABBIT18 (talk) 04:43, 18 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Any teachers out there?Edit

I am interested in knowing what your curriculum covers for a first and second year sewing course.

Please let me know!!

Anyone interested in another project?Edit

I have just started a new wiki at It runs on the same software as wikipedia, but the goal is a little different.

I am working to make it a central resource for all things related to crafts. A central, on-line repositiory of patterns, techniques, tutorials, tip & tricks, etc that people can use as a resource. It will be a place that encourages opinions. I'm (obviously) just getting started, but I'm reaching out to crafters to ask them if they'd be willing to contribute some of their expertise or help me get the word out.

I appreciate any help that you can lend. It's going to take a lot more people than just myself to get this baby up to its full potential.

Also, please let me know if this comment is unwelcome. It's my understanding from reading wikipedia's rule/terms of use that this would be an appropriate place for a post like this. Thanks!


I'm thinking about starting a WikiProject for Textile Arts that would include all the usual crafts (sewing, knitting, weaving, crochet, lace, etc.) plus clothing and fashion design. We basically need to find 5 editors who are interested in contributing. A WikiProject would allow us to use tags to monitor the progress of our field, using the [[Mathbot assessments. We could also make common templates, info-boxes and whatnot, and it might draw other textile-enthusiasts to us. (More knitters, yeay!) I'd be willing to get it off the ground, programming-wise; are people here interested in joining? Thanks! :) Willow 10:13, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm interested, but I'm also watching 700 articles and I'm chronically short on time. I dunno if it would be fair for me to sign up if I'm always going to be busy with articles relating to Islam, Indian cinema, and the South Pacific. Zora 23:58, 5 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Zora, it's great to talk with you again! :) It's true, we're all busy, but the commitment might not be too bad; maybe an article a month or so? I think assessing and organizing our articles would be good and help to attract other editors; if we all pitch in a little, we might make something really good.

PS. I noticed the Vandal Sonnet in German on your Barnstar page — it's really good. You probably already have a translation of it, but I'd be happy to make you one, albeit inexpertly; it should be appreciated. ;) Willow 10:31, 6 February 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I think that surgeons should be removed from the list of occupations that require sewing since surgeons really perform sutures, not sew skin together. A rather small, but important, difference I think. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 17:50, 16 February 2007 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Agree. - PKM 18:41, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seam allowanceEdit

I don't think seam allowance should be merged here; rather, this should be a Main Article on this essential craft and the section on seam allowance here should be merged into seam allowance. - PKM 18:41, 10 March 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I agree. Seam Allowance should be searchable on its own.


How about a section on the alternatives to sewing, such as welded seams (for appropriate materials) and any other methods that exist? EdX20 (talk) 17:27, 26 November 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Smocking, Heirloom EmbroideryEdit

Hi everyone! Just wanted to let you know has a blog with informational videos on how to do hand embroidery stitches. They also offer several high end laces, fabrics and notions. Check it out! Jennifer Jones —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:32, 4 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

sewing toolsEdit

-- (talk) 07:54, 10 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Free advertising !Edit

There is free advertising for Bernina in this page ?! I work with Singer and Brother ! -   - --Bernard Piette (talk) 14:01, 20 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Blocked URL?Edit

After finding the Wiki sites unhelpful in teaching some basic stitches, I found some great vids at http://www.monkeysee(dot)com/play/2144-how-to-sew-by-hand When I tried to add this URL to the external references, it was rejected by the spam blocker (or some such). I really think that its inclusion should be considered (and if the other vids at the site are as helpful as these were to me, others as well). —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:17, 24 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Major restructure proposedEdit

This article needs a lot of work. I propose to move the lists into their own "list" articles (linked from here), with wikilinks as appropriate, and then add properly cited history and some world-wide perspective.

Any objections or other thoughts? - PKM (talk) 17:49, 31 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

  • I have removed the list of notions as they are all now included the {{sewing}} Navbox. I also rewrote Notions (sewing). - PKM (talk) 03:03, 2 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • By the way, I am not sure which reference supports "seamstress (from seams-mistress) or seamster (from seams-master)", but it is completely wrong. Both terms originally meant sewing-woman, from Old English sēamestre with the same female-agent suffix found in the name "Brewster". See - PKM (talk) 01:16, 7 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have completely rewritten what was here. Everything after the Lead needs further work and expansion. Specific notes:
  • The list of tools is in the navbox.
  • The list of occupations is in List of sewing occupations (new article) and linked from "See also".
  • Seamstress now redirects to Dressmaker which already had a discussion of the distinction (which I have expanded to include historical perspective).
  • I intend to write List of sewing terminology. Soon.
  • Spam removed.
  • "Globalize" tag removed - the focus on (Western) home sewing that (I think) triggered that flag is now gone, and as I expand this I will add more world-wide perspective.
Lots more to come. - PKM (talk) 03:03, 8 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

To-do listEdit

  • On futher thought, we still need Glossary of sewing terminology.
  •   Done Stitch (textile arts) needs its own article.
  •   Done The list of stitches that was here is now reorganized a bit as List of sewing stitches.
  •   DoneCreate separate article on Seam (sewing). - PKM (talk) 03:30, 18 July 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Update Seam disambiguation page to match.
  • Add history section to this article - touch on invention of steel sewing needle, darning/embroidery, rise of British tailoring, sewing machine, overlock machine, traditions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, maybe haute couture.
Social implications? (putting-out system, industrialization, sweatshops, unionization). I don't really have the background to add this aspect.

- PKM (talk) 19:20, 13 June 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how amazig to a sewing pero ang hirap i search —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:19, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

maganda na pero walang pictures with ames —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:22, 12 August 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Garment ConstructionEdit

Working on expanding the Garment Construction section. Planning to expand it scrap by scrap as I find appropriate specific references to tie the new content to.

--RamblingChicken (talk) 06:26, 27 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Sewing and Tailoring" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Sewing and Tailoring. Please participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. Steel1943 (talk) 22:32, 23 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Garment worker" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Garment worker. Please participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. Steel1943 (talk) 22:33, 23 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]