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So Is It Sewer, Seamstress, Or Sewist? How A Group of Makers Have Run Into An Identity Crisis

Posted by Alicia Lewis on December 27, 2017 at 3:12 PM

Makers who sew have a problem as of late — or maybe they've always had it. Nothing catastrophic or life changing, but a problem to be sure. These makers have struggled for years to come up with a name that fully encompasses everything they do. Let's call it a slight identity crisis.

Most maker subgroups have found their niche name. Furniture makers, woodcarvers, and turners all have "woodcrafter." Makers working with cars have "auto DIYer." Beer makers have "brewer." But where do people who sew, or people who make beautiful goods out of fabric or thread, fit within the diverse crafter segment? It's a question that has been asked by plenty of makers, including the ladies at Simple Simon & Company and Marcy Harriell at oonaballoona.

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Topics: Crafters, Makers, designers