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sewing vocabulary

October 23, 2009

At a sewing class last night, it struck me that there are a lot of cool sewing words. 

Some have alternate definitions in other contexts:

  • baste
  • batting
  • bias
  • bolt
  • dart
  • notions
  • right side
  • wrong side

Others just sound neat:

  • bobbin
  • pinking shears
  • rick rack
  • selvage
  • thimble

That’s all, folks. Since sew many fabric and craft shops out there have punny names, my trying to think up new puns would be an unseamly waist of time.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    October 23, 2009 9:53 am

    You could probably say “bobbin'” for apples…

  2. October 23, 2009 10:20 am

    Sew what?

    I know. Lame.

  3. Stephanie G. permalink
    October 23, 2009 10:59 pm

    I love pinking shears, both for their distinctive cutting style and the super funness of saying the word.

  4. Amanda permalink
    October 27, 2009 6:02 pm

    I heard a poem read on the radio during Poetry Month about 10-15 years ago that incorporated many such terms, and I have never forgotten it. The then-poet laureate Robert Pinsky was unfamiliar to me at the time, but his poem left such a haunting impression on me that I went out and bought a collection of his poems with “Shirt” in it (back in the days before googling). Here it is:

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