Sewing
By: Serenity D.

Introduction:

The meaning of sewing is that the action or activity to do for fun. There are thousands of people that sew in the world . Have you ever thought that you might want to sew. If you want to learn more sewing here’s some tips on how to get started.w

Safety:

Sewing is safer than a lot of things-- operating a motor vehicle, engaging in contact sports, taking a beekeeping class. However, sewing machines do involve electricity, moving parts and sharp needles, so safety is still a concern. Read on for some sewing machine safety tips.Keep your fingers away from the needle. The last thing you want is to sew through your finger! Experienced sewist's might even be more apt to do this than beginners. You can purchase finger guards from your sewing machine manufacturer, which will help keep your fingers away from the danger area.About 60% of the sewing machine related injuries treated in a hospital each year are puncture wounds from needles.Most needles have a groove above the eye. I use scissors to trim thread neat, slide it into the groove and it goes right into the eye.Most needles have a groove above the eye. I use scissors to trim thread neat, slide it into the groove and it goes right into the eye.


History:

Sewing has an ancient history estimated to begin during the Paleolithic Age. Sewing was used to stitch together animal hides for clothing and for shelter. The Inuit, for example, used sinew from caribou for thread and needles made of bone; the indigenous peoples of the American Plains and Canadian Prairies used sophisticated sewing methods to assemble tipi shelters. Sewing was combined with the weaving of plant leaves in Africa to create baskets, such as those made by Zulu weavers, who used thin strips of palm leaf as "thread" to stitch wider strips of palm leaf that had been woven into a coil. The weaving of cloth from natural fibres originated in the Middle East around 4000 BCE, and perhaps earlier during the Neolithic Age, and the sewing of cloth accompanied this development.The first machine to combine all the disparate elements of the previous half-century of innovation into the modern sewing machine, was the device built by English inventor John Fisher in 1844, built by Isaac Merritt Singer and Elias Howe in the following years.


Threading:

When you are threading you want to make sure to be careful when you do it. Here are some steps to how to thread a needle there will be 10 steps of how to do it .

  1. Put the White behind the Needle
  2. Put white behind the sewing machine needle
  3. Cut the thread with sharp scissors
  4. Cut the thread at an angle
  5. Stiffen the thread
  6. Use a needle threader
  7. Sewing a machine with built in needle threader
  8. Solving clumsy Hands
  9. Use Moisture
  10. Use an eye that matches the thread size

Materials:

Materials are when the matter from which a thing is or could be made. For materials you would need just a couple things for when you sew. Here are some listed materials for sewing.

  1. Straight Pins
  2. Needle Threader
  3. Shears
  4. Seam Ripper
  5. Tape Measure
  6. Clear Gridded Ruler
  7. Seam Gauge
  8. Fabric Marking Pens/ Pencils
  9. Thread
  10. Thimble
  11. Scissors
  12. Bobbins
  13. Fabric
  14. Pincushion
  15. Pins
  16. Iron
  17. Ironing Board

Conclusion:

Sewing is a good thing to do when you want to relax . Sewing is like when you stitch something together. Sewing is the action or activity of sewing and work that is to be or is being sewn. When something is ripped , you can go back and sew it back together.

Fun Facts:

1. The first patent of all for a sewing machine was given to Thomas Saint of England in 1790; Elias Howe gave us the first modern sewing machine.

2. Howe’s innovations included a needle threaded at its point, a shuttle to form a lock stitch and an automatic feed.

3. In 1851, Howe also patented his “Automatic, Continuous Clothing Closure” seen by many as the first zip, but he did not try to market it.

4. The earliest sewing needles were made of bone between 25,000 and 30,000 years ago.

5. Howe’s invention enabled machinists to sew in an hour what had previously taken 14.5 hours.

6. In 1863, during the American Civil War, Howe prided himself on the facts that more than a million soldiers were “clothed, kitted and covered by fabric sewn on machines using my inventions”.

7. Queen’s College, Oxford, has an old tradition of presenting scholars with a needle and thread, telling them to “Take these and be thrifty”.

8. The ceremony is called a “Needle and Thread Gaudy” and takes place early in the new year.

9. Electric sewing machines were invented in 1899.

10. A survey in the USA has reported that 51 per cent of machinists own three sewing machines.

Steps:

If you have never sewn before and want to learn to sew this is where you will want to begin. These pages are step by step directions in which I give to all my new students when they come to class. Sewing takes patience! So take your time and start at the first step and work your way through it. Learning to sew is best if you can find an instructor somewhere. Sewing is a hands on experience, so take a look around. Check in fabric shops, quilt shops, sewing studios, and try and find a place. If not, then here are some basic directions and suggestions to follow.

You may have the desire to learn how to sew and create new things. You might just love looking at different colors and textures of fabrics, and you can only dream of making things, and that sewing machine sitting in the box in the corner might scare you a little bit. And rightly so, after all, it is a machine. But just remember that you control the machine, it doesn't control you. And I promise you...sewing is easy and once you learn, you will be hooked. So let's talk take the cover off the machine or take it out of it's box and get started.