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What stitching title do you use for yourself?

Sewist, sewer, stitcher, seamstress, quilter, tailor… These are few of the many words that the world uses to describe people who sew. Each term differs in meaning and elicits certain meaning to different people. So, what do you call yourself?


A woman who sews, especially one who earns her living by sewing.Many women call themselves seamstress, which is defined as a “woman whose occupation is sewing.” But for those who are gender conscious, prefer to be called another term because this word tends to be “sexist” or “gendered.” For some, seamstress implies a factory worker who seams. Seamstress is more appropriate for women who specifically make clothes professionally. As per various job descriptions - A seamstress may be either a factory worker who repeatedly sews the same pattern or an artisan in an independent shop who repairs customers clothing or creates entirely new designs to sell.


This is the oldest, most dominant term used for describing people who sew. Many people use this word because its meaning is always clear from the context. But let’s face it, sewer often does not sound or read right. Sewer is great when you’re talking out loud. Yet on paper, it can look like we’re talking about a way to carry off drainage water and waste matter.

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“Sewist,” on the other hand is also popular. It is a non-word term that is a combination of the words “sew” and “artist.” This term is a new, modern term used to describe people who create sewn works of art. Which could include clothes, wall hangings etc. A lot of people prefer this word because it’s gender neutral and the meaning it implies is appealing. Many see it as trendy and contemporary. But there are some people who dislike it because it simply does not exist in the dictionary.


A tailor is “a person whose occupation is the making, mending, or altering of clothes, “In the past, the term ‘Tailor’ was used to refer to men who made tailored items of clothing. It is now acceptable for women who work in tailoring to also be called a tailor.


Those who don’t want to be confused with someone who makes clothes or does alteration prefer to be called a quilter which is defined as “a person whose hobby or profession is making quilts.”

Other Sewing terms

Some people want to be called terms like textile or fabric artist, quilt artist, maker, crafter, or sewing enthusiast.Whatever term we use to identify ourselves, the most important thing is the fact that we all love to create beautiful things through sewing.

Do let us know in the comment section about which term describes you the best!

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Third generation seamstress here. Degree in costuming and clothing, have sewn at a competition level, worked as a theater costumer and in purchasing in the garment industry, now sewing for self, home, and family for over 35 years.

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