written by
Balázs Nagy

National Sewing Month

2 min read, September 9, 2020

I recently wanted to see what monthly observances are in September. I know I sometimes have rather unconventional interests to satisfy, and this was no exception. Fortunately, my curiosity was well-met with a fascinating finding: Did you know that September as a whole is the National Sewing Month in the U.S.? I did not, so I became all the more excited by it. And by excitement, I mean going to and finding out more about the topic. So, if you’re like me, read on. Even if you’re not, this article is still worth your time. So, National Sewing Month, here you go!

National Sewing Month
National Sewing Month - Photo by Gabriel Manlake

How it started:

In 1982, president Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month, after being it requested by the American Home Sewing & Craft Association. Several other proclamations came, naming this month what it is now between 1983 and 1988, stating: “Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.” But there’s a catch, as there is no available documentation on how it was celebrated back then.

“Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”

The spirit of renewal:

Between 2005 and 2007 the former American Home Sewing & Craft Association (now renamed as Home Sewing Association), wanted to renew the spirit through interesting marketing campaigns, thus trying to make this activity more popular (and of course with an additional boost to the ones in this particular economy), with slogans like:

“Sewing… the alternative yoga”
“Sewing… Express Your Creative Spirit”
“As a form of self-expression, sewing is fun, fashionable and rewarding. Create your own signature style!”
“Sewing…it’s what you make of it”

In 2008, the Home Sewing Association closed, and the rights of its digital properties were bought, and came underuse of the Sewing & Craft Alliance, continuing the promotion of the National Sewing Month with materials on the matter, and supporting or participating in activities.
From there, the www.NationalSewingMonth.org was launched, bringing a new slogan with it: Go green! Sew green!

National Sewing Month - Photo by Morning Brew

Nowadays

In late 2019, sewing as a hobby gained momentum as an opportunity to make clothing that is of better quality and has a unique style than what one could by in today’s fast fashion industry. And since this time, sewing has become more popular in a cross-generational way.

Closing thoughts

Sewing might not be as wildly beloved as other pastime activities are, but that should not mean that you have to be alone in enjoying it. Having an interesting or unique hobby should be taken as an opportunity to make connections with other people who also share your passion. How about you try it with us? Here you go: Get unblinded!

Original content: Here.

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