“Even after automation, sewing remains a craft that’s passed down through generations.”

Having your Mom sew your own clothes  may not have been cool when you were in high school.  Only years later do you realize what a craft she had and the joys of this process.  Going  to the fabric store and choosing a pattern for an outfit and then choosing the exact material you wanted.  Don’t forget the thread, zipper and buttons to compliment the outfit.   Remember the smell of the fabric and all the color choices were equal to a big box of crayons.

Sewing was done by hand for centuries and the craft was passed down from mother to daughter.  Even today you can still  find items that say “hand made”.  The Industrial Revolution changed this process for the textile industry.  “Sewing machines have replaced many artisans, but they owe their existence to the skilled laborers whose bodies first mastered the task of stitching.”  “The one thing the sewing machine did was achieve uniformity, evenness, and consistency because its construction “trained” it to repeat endless copies of the desired stitch length.”

Using machines to make clothes, meant faster and increased production, and lower prices leading to a decrease in home sewing.

Information technology continues to threaten jobs that once were only performed by people.  You can see in our grocery stores where this is going.  The line to check out is always longer where there is someone manually checking out at the counter.  There are more self service check-outs and you are encouraged to use these services first.

“Hand-crafting” is making a comeback for several reasons.  Supplies are more accessible, where once it was a chore to sew, but now people do it for relaxation and creativeness.  The sentimental value of receiving a gift that was hand made will more likely be kept longer than something that was purchased in a store.

So let’s appreciate technology and let’s appreciate the art of “hand made” as there is room for both.


Read the full article at: www.theatlantic.com