Sewing terminology in different countries

As I’ve mentioned before, we have as a family recently relocated to a different country. North America to be exact. Coming from South Africa, I have learned one way of speaking. But now, being in North America, I need to learn new terminology for everything, including sewing terminology.

Sewing terminology is very different on the two continents and I’m sure around the world as well. What you call one thing in South Africa is called something completely different in North America.

The main problem with not knowing the correct terminology is that when you walk into a shop to buy something and you ask for help, the assistant does not know what you are asking as your sewing terminology differs. You know exactly what you are asking but the assistant does not. This creates problems and frustrations on both ends.

To overcome this problem, I have compiled a list of sewing terminology that is used differently and that I came across.

Terminology used in SA – Terminology used in North America

Sewing machine – sewing machine (that one stays the same at least!)

Overlocker – Serger

Sewing scissors – Sewing shears

Base pattern – Sloper

Base pattern – basic block pattern

Material – Fabric

Material shop – Fabric store

More sewing terminology differences will be posted as I come across them.

Equipment needed for making a block sewing pattern

So I recently made a new block sewing pattern for myself. But I didn’t have the correct equipment. It was a rather difficult process making the block sewing pattern without the correct equipment.

In this post I will outline the different pieces of equipment needed and what I did, not having the correct equipment, to still be able to make my basic block sewing pattern.

The first thing you need is a measuring tape. You need the measuring tape to measure yourself as well as make measurements on the actual pattern piece.

The next piece of equipment you need for your block pattern is called a french curve. This is a ruler, shaped in the form of a curve. Because I didn’t have a french curve, I made my own. Click here to find out how to make your own French curve ruler

You would also need a hip curve. Well, I didn’t use one so I do not consider it a complete necessity.

I also used a 90 degree ruler. This ruler is in the form of an L shape and helps when you need to draw straight lines throughout the pattern, which the block pattern is FULL of.

In addition to the curved rulers, you also need some pattern paper. I am not someone who likes spending money on things, so I just used newspaper. It is not recommended though, especially if you’ve never worked with patterns before. For the pattern, I would recommend using a roll of blank paper, blank newspaper, pattern paper, brown paper, tracing paper or even baking paper (This works great for tracing)

In addition to all of the equipment listed above to make your sewing block pattern, you can add some markers, a pencil, pen, selotape, pins, a small ruler and a pencil sharpener and eraser.

I hope this is helpful. With these basic pieces of equipment, you can make your own sewing block patterns easily. Like I said, I use newspaper and thick markers for visibility.

Sewing Advice! Yay!

Sewing Advice! Yay!

Welcome to my blog! This will be my first post about sewing advice!

I have learned that it doesn’t matter how good you think you are at something, you still sometimes need a little bit of advice. Therefore, I am going to aim at providing sewing advice in this blog.

This page won’t be very long because it does not contain much content. However, I would like to be able to provide some excellent sewing advice that you can read about – in the categories on the right hand side of the page. There are categories you can click on to get help with the particular topic you are struggling with or just archives about previous sewing advice and sewing help tips and articles.

I hope you like my sewing advice blog! So go ahead, have fun and explore all the sewing advice topics there are!