Stitching, Materials and Handmade Cushions

Sewing is a dying craft, at least in the developed world. Some people continue to sew for reasons of pleasure or simply because they think it is a good skill to learn, but this is a dying breed. Perhaps shifting economics will change this, but it remains the current trend. No one knows what the future will bring, but stitching, one of the results of sewing, can be observed on many different items. One such item might be yellow and grey cushions. Take a look at the cushions on your couch, recliner or other piece of furniture. 

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Take a look over whatever cushion came off of the couches. Somewhere along the path of the fabric will the seem. On many furniture types, the stitching is placed around a large piece of wood or plastic covered by fabric. This piece of wood hides the fine stitching and helps strengthen the cushion. Other stitching becomes is more obvious, especially on the seems of clothing, and certain types are deliberate ornate, such as needlepoint.


On needlepoint, the stitching is obvious. The stitching makes up the artwork pattern. However, most tailors and sewing machine operators prefer the seems not to be so widely visible, if they are visible at all. The stitching along the seems needs to be strong, and higher quality clothes often have stronger seems. It is not hard for someone to find a week point along the seems itself. It is often where clothes will tear if too much stress is put upon them. It also provides a ready source of embarrassment or in some cases simple physical comedy. At least a hole spontaneous hole in the crotch has been relegated to the realm of children's humor. The adult airwaves are blissfully free of such low-brow comedy fare.


Stitching holds the cushions together. It holds every bit of complex fabric together, and it can be easily broken in many cases. Strong stitching is necessary to maintain long lasting clothing, and some seems are so strong that a seam ripper is necessary to take out the threads. Once the threads are taken out the clothing can be repaired are altered. At least tailors seem to be coming back in the United States, along with many other types of craftsmen. Perhaps with craft beer and tailors coming back into style, even more craftsmen will come out of the shadows. Who knows?