So Friday my mom ask me why I keep calling myself a sewer. A sewer? What the heck was she talking talking about?
And then I saw on our blog “The best giveaway ever (at least for sewers it is)” Ahhhhh….when I am saying in my brain sew-er (as in one who sews) it is written out as sewer (like the collection of tubes through which waste is moved).
So it got me to thinking…what do you call a person who sews?
Recently I’ve seen this word a lot:
and there’s nothing wrong with that word…except that I don’t think it’s a real word. Which shouldn’t really bug me because I use words all the time that aren’t really words like ginormica or ascared (a mix between afraid and scared) and I act like that is perfectly normal.
But the other problem is that I just don’t really like it. No good reason—it’s just that every time I read it it sounds to me like a snooty person is saying it through their nose and emphasizing the s sounds.—Try saying it that way, and wrinkle your nose when you do it—annoying!
(Ok—that was a terrifying look into my crazy thought processes…let’s just move on)
There are whole lists of words for people who sew specific items like:
tailor (or “sartor” if you perfer the latin term)
couturier (a person involved in the fashion industry who makes original garments to order for private clients)
but we sew more than dresses, aren’t really tailors, and I’m not sure that my children count as “private clients”.
Which leads me to turn to the lists of other commonly used titles which include:
but again, I make more than garments, am not always that enthusiastic, and technically it’s my machine that is working the needle and not me.
So now I’m left with the lists of more creative titles:
However, with three kids I’m never alone while working, I’m hardly exact enough at anything to qualify me as an “ologist”, and as much as I’d like to roll with my fellow sewin’ hommies I’m not packing any threaded heat (although if you mess with my seam ripper I’m liable to bust a cap in you foo).
So what do we do?
What do we call ourselves?
I think for now I’m just going to call myself a “sew-er” with the hyphen.
And I guess at least I won’t be a sewer anymore.
What do you think?
Do you have a favorite term? Sewist? Stitcher? Seamster?
Master and Commander of the Sewing Machine?
Come on—there has to be something.
What do you prefer?