I've been sewing for years (ok...decades . . lol!), and it's always bugged me that the word for what we enjoy doing . . .
. . . looks like the word for a particularly nasty part of the city's plumbing system!
I remember my grandmother referring to herself as a seamstress. It seemed to fit her perfectly because (a) the garments she produced were intricate and beautifully finished to a height of sewing perfection I could never seem to achieve myself, and (b) it seemed like a charmingly old-fashioned term, like spinster. And she was old-fashioned. (Something I didn't want to be!)
According to Threads magazine, we might call ourselves sewists:
". . . a relatively new term, combining the words "sew" and "artist," to describe someone who creates sewn works of art, which can include clothing or other items made with sewn elements." (October 11, 2012)
I don't know about you, but very little of what I sew is what I'd consider a work of art! So sewist seems a bit pretentious. Or boastful. Plus, a made-up word like that just seems artificially forced and politically correct.
Somewhere I read that some people who sew call themselves makers. That term strikes me as unclear -- wouldn't you next have to explain what you make?
So I'm stuck. What's your preference? Do you care? Do you have a better term?
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