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Is Handcrafted Sewing a Dying Art?

Here at Stocks Sewing we specialise in industrial sewing machines, but we love sewing in all forms. But, at the turn of the twenty-first century, it seems that sewing has developed from an everyday necessity to a relaxing ‘hobby.’ In a world where we own so much clothing, it seems strange that sewing is not still an essential part of our daily skillsets.

So, why was handcrafted sewing so essential in the past and why is it dying out now?

An Essential Skill

Sewing, mending, and darning were skills that were commonplace in the home pre-twenty-first century. Patched trousers, re-done seams and mismatching buttons were once a common sight as people chose to fix their clothes rather than buying brand new ones when clothes ripped.

People also made of habit of creating new clothes from the old. A father’s jacket could be cut down to create a new one for the son, for example. However, in today’s mass market this has become less and less common.

Many women also operated a ‘Cottage Industry’ from their home. This was often a case of women producing cotton or other sewed goods in their home, then selling them on to larger shops or factories. This would have been a supplementary income to their husbands and one that a family would rely upon; especially in a time when even children were expected to work in order to support the family. These skills were not simply a ‘hobby’, but the lifeblood of the family home.


Since then, the clothing industry has rapidly developed beyond this need for self-sufficiency. People no longer see sewing their own clothes as an everyday necessity. Find a rip in your jeans? Simply buy a new pair. But, there is also the issue of schooling no longer focusing on these life skills in educational environments.

Cooking, sewing, and other life skills have taken a backseat to more scholastic classes in modern education. This seems a misstep in an economy that continually requests you to budget, buy goods ethically and still maintain a household. These have become skills that are learnt by going out of the way, choosing to watch sewing videos on YouTube or other such modern methods of learning.

However, if more importance was placed on teaching valuable life skills then perhaps these things would come more naturally. Learning to do such things at home can help reduce costs across the board. In turn, this may turn people to more careers in the industrial sewing industry, creating more skilled workers that can use such machinery with the knowledge of someone skilled in the craft in every sense.


Are you looking for a more industrial solution to your sewing or embroidery needs? If you would like to find out more about our embroidery machines or any of our other products, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with a member of our expert team who will be happy to advise you further.

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