Sewing has been around for over 2,000 years; needles of bone and horn were made to create clothing.
The invention of the sewing machine in 1755 allowed the manufacturing industry to blow up, creating jobs for thousands of people creating ready to wear clothing.
However, sewing was important in the small scale as well. For hundreds of years, women and men have needed the knowledge of how to sew to create their own clothing and mend it as well.
Our great grandmothers taught our grandmothers who then taught our mothers the basics of sewing, stitching and mending. Personally, my grandmother needed to know how to sew because funds were low, and it was an easy way to create clothing with a low cost. Rather than throwing items away, she was able to patch them.
However, where have these skills gone? Hardly anyone in our generation and below can sew anything or have a clue on where to start.
All of my family continually brings torn items of clothing to my grandmother who happily patches them all, but shouldn’t we know how to do it ourselves?
Thankfully, there are people who still hold this skill dear to their heart and hope to make a career out of it.
I was able to sneak into the sewing room at NDSU where students at every level can learn the basics up to a couture class.
In the first level classes, students learn the different seams, hems and stitches and move there way up to the couture class, where they learn how to make the most complicated artistic garments.
While I visited the sewing lab, several projects lined the classroom from the couture class; the students were given a sheet of fabric and had to make a dress using only staples, and they were amazing.
So thankfully students at NDSU are keeping the art of sewing alive. It may have been lost within the generations, but I am hopeful that it will make its way back into homes soon. If not, we have our sewing lab students to depend on! Keep looking good, NDSU!