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It’s nice to walk into sewing class and see familiar faces. It’s the night before my last day interning for Anastasia Chatzka and my last assignment is the same as my very first assignment: cover a sewing class. The music is the same, Iris is the same, the gentle whirring of sewing machines is the same… Not much in the...

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The Circle Skirt was officially born in the 1950s, evolving from the emerging post-war styles, starting with Christian Dior’s New Look. In particular, it was inspired by the Bar Suit, which consisted of an A-line skirt and a very structured suit jacket (pictured below). After government-imposed fabric rationing during World War II ended, Dior was interested in freeing women from...

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Whether you’re a sewing beginner or seasoned pro, choosing the right sewing machine needle for your project can be difficult, especially since the number of different types of needles is quite overwhelming. But this guide will help you figure out exactly which machine needle is right for your sewing, quilting, or embroidery project, as well as why. Bonus information includes...

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People’s attitudes and thoughts towards sewing have fluctuated a lot over time, but something that has stayed consistent is its attachment to femininity and, ultimately, the “role of women”. This relationship is complicated, but overall, it’s critical to examine it in all its mess.Ever since sewing was invented, it’s been mostly a woman’s job. Sewing, as a sedentary and tedious...

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In 1850, American inventor Allen B. Wilson began coming up with ideas for new sewing machine parts that had not been present in previous machines, including a double-pointed, reciprocating shuttle, a rotary hook to replace the shuttle, and a four-motion feed. Each of these inventions became very important in the machine’s design and significantly altered the designs of future machines....

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