I have spent a good bit of time browsing around here wallowing in the wonderful world of sewing, and have come upon a puzzle. Nowhere else have I encountered the word “sewist”. On this board I have seen it used to mean “sewer”, “newbie” and “person who does not sew”. Yup, I’m puzzled. I cannot find it in any dictionaries in print or online.
The suffix “-ist” usually describes a negative thing. Take for example, the words “racist” or “sexist”. Both suggest that the person described is against the prefix of the word. (Edited to add – the only positive example I can think of off the top of my head is “hobbyist”.)
So I am confused. I have sewn for 35 years and love it. I was always so happy as a sewer. Is the new word for sewer, “sewist”?
Edited 8/16/2006 7:30 pm by Ckbklady