September is National Sewing Month


 National Sewing Month was first celebrated in  1982 after President Ronald Reagan declared September as National Sewing Month “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

There are so many forms of  “home” sewing that I can’t even begin to list them all. There is embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, garment sewing, home dec, and many, many other forms of sewing.

Of course, we can’t forget quilting. However, quilting is also a complex sewing category. There is machine quilting and hand quilting. There is piecing and applique.  Just think of all the different machines that are available including long-arm machines. Think of the fabrics, supplies and notions that have been created just for the quilting market.

Imagine how important quilting and sewing products are to our economy and how many businesses and people are supported by the “home sewing” industry. Home Sewing certainly deserves its own special month.

President Regan wasn’t the first president to recognize the importance of sewing. Do you know which president gave this advice to his daughter?

“In the country life of America there are moments when a woman can have recourse to nothing but her needle for employment. When one is in dull company and it is poor taste to read, or simply leave, the needle is a valuable resource.”

If you know which president gave this splendid advice, just share the information here or make your best guess.  I will post the answer next week.

Happy National Sewing Month,

Suzan @ AQS

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Eileen Dyett

Thomas Jefferson gave his daughters the homey advice about, “…the needle being a valuable resource…”

Ooh! Thomas Jefferson! Great quote!

Oooh! Thomas Jefferson! Great quote!

Mary Alice

One of the best presidents this country ever had – Thomas Jefferson said that!

Mary Justin

Thomas Jefferson

Lola Bryant

Thomas Jefferson


Thomas Jefferson is the answer. Copy and paste into search browser to find more info on Jefferson and his beliefs regarding women.

janet smith


Thomas Jefferson

I do believe that Thomas Jefferson gave this advice and can say that I have put it to use both in the country and in the city, and often!

Thomas Jefferson

Kate in Australia

Thomas Jefferson said that to his daughter, he had some rather interesting ideas on what women shouldand should not be doing.

Kate Seinor

Thomas Jefferson said that to his daughter, he had quite a few ideas on what women should and should not do.
Have a lovely day, from Kate in Australia.

Thomas Jefferson to his daughter, Martha. Wonderful wisdom. Judy C in NC

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