Sewer or Sewist?

Old 10-30-2019, 09:15 AM
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Default Sewer or Sewist?

Way back when, someone who did sewing was a sewer - not to be confused with the dirty water system.

Now, I am seeing someone that sews as a "sewist"?

Do you have preference for how what you want to be called?

I think of "sew" as a verb, whereas "quilt" can be a noun or a verb.

It seems like "-ist" or "-er" is added to indicate "one who does whatever"

But it does not seem to be consistent. Is there a rhyme or reason?
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:45 AM
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I like sewist because it won't get confused with dirty water..even by the Standells Just my opion though.
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Old 10-30-2019, 11:29 AM
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I also prefer sewist. But here's a good read
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Old 10-30-2019, 12:39 PM
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Since I now only make quilts I refer to myself as a quilter.
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Old 10-30-2019, 01:57 PM
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I too am "just" a quilter. I no longer mend, hem, cover, or otherwise deal with fabric except cottons and a 1/4" seam
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:10 PM
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i started to sew at three. my neighbor had a wonderful box of buttons. Remember Charles Chips tins?
well, I wanted those buttons, My neighbor, Aunt Betty, said i could have them, but i had t sew them down to fabric.
so, out came the big darning needle with some thick thread, and i learned how to sew a button down.
OMG, I was hooked. at 7, i started to sew squares together. Never made much of it, but it was a start.
by 12, i was sewing all my cloths. babysitting to make money to go to the fabric store to buy fabric for cloths.
in 7th grade, for my Confirmation, I made my own short sleeved dress. it was beautiful.
I quilt, a lot, and started very early, before quilting was a thing to do. I had to ouse fabric scraps and stuff in
the stores that were mainly calicos. The other day, a woman i sew with, told me i was a terrible sewer!!!
The only thing i could say to her was that i won 2nd and 3rd bet overall at the first quilt show i entered.
How dare she! I'm a sewer, quilter and I try to encourge anyone who wants to learn. I've also taught quilting.
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Old 10-30-2019, 04:19 PM
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Love your sewing story, lynnie! I have just started letting my three yr old daughter try sewing with plastic canvas and a blunt needle. I am trying to get her to sew smaller stitches, but she says "Oh, I can't do that!" Lol!
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Old 10-31-2019, 05:57 AM
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Did the term "seamstress" go out of fashion? I though that was what someone who knew how to sew was called? Maybe I'm just getting old.
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Lynnie- someone said that to you? Wow, how mean!!!

I don't care what people call me. Sewer, sewist, quilter, knitter etc. There are a lot of worse names to be called
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Old 10-31-2019, 06:13 AM
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Originally Posted by AZ Jane View Post
Did the term "seamstress" go out of fashion? I though that was what someone who knew how to sew was called? Maybe I'm just getting old.
I use the word seamstress, not sewer or sewist. Actually never heard of 'sewist' until this thread, and my auto correct doesn't like the word either. It keeps trying to replace the word with sexist! Oops!
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