In 1982, President Ronald Reagan declared September a month-long celebration of sewing, a fun craft enjoyed by many.
Sewing is one of the oldest textile arts, beginning in the Paleolithic period. For thousands of years, sewing was done by hand. It wasn't until the 19th century and the invention of the sewing machine that mass production of clothing and other sewn objects like furniture helped modernize sewing as an industry and hobby. Even with many advancements, hand sewing is still practiced and cherished around the world as a means of creative expression. A fun place to learn about vintage textiles is The Lace Museum Detroit in Northville.
To learn more about National Sewing Month, check out the official website presented by the Sewing and Craft Alliance and browse their collection of great sewing resources.
Want to learn how to sew?
- The library has a wonderful database, Creativebug, that has a series of lessons you can follow as well as projects to make
- These instructions for beginners start with the basics
- Don't have a machine? Try these basic hand sewing instructions.
For more inspiration, take a look at these resources: