Back to Basics: Hand-Stitched Garments
Hand stitching. Argh! Many garment makers will do anything to avoid the dreaded “H-word.” Stitching by hand, for some of us, is reserved for reluctantly basting something together or sewing on buttons. So the idea of making hand-stitched garments may have only been a passing thought.
Hand sewing alternative
Our beloved machines give us myriad options to create garments without ever picking up a needle and thread. We can thank Elias Howe for helping us avoid hand stitching since 1846. Mr. Howe is credited with receiving the first U.S. patent for a sewing machine in 1846. Although there were other similar inventions before that, notably Thomas Saint in 1790, Howe’s “lockstitch” version is the Grandma of what we use today.
It is difficult to imagine a time when all clothing was made by hand. Today, we rarely encounter entirely hand-stitched garments. Now, there is a mystique around any hand-stitched couture dress…
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