Sewing Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old sewing quotes, sewing sayings, and sewing proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

I find sewing by hand extremely rewarding. The pleasure of both making and wearing beautifully constructed garments far exceeds the time and effort required to complete them. Claire B. Schaeffer
There is not the slightest reason why the spinning wheel may not co-exist with the spinning mill even as the domestic kitchen co-exists with the hotels. Indeed, typewriters and sewing machines may go, but the needle and the reed pen will survive. Mahatma Gandhi
Men build bridges and thow railroads across deserts, yet they contend successfully that the job of sewing on a button is beyond them. Accordingly, they don't have to sew buttons. Heywood Broun
A fair little girl sat under a tree, / Sewing as long as her eyes could see; / She smoothed her work, and folded it right, / And said, 'Dear work, good night, good night.' Jo Petty
When I was a little girl, you used to learn to sew all holes in things, darning socks, but nobody mends things anymore. Vivienne Westwood
Fame is like a crop of Canada thistles, very easy to sew but hard to reap. Josh Billings
The sewing machine sews what the scissors have cut asunder, plus whatever else comes in its path. Anonymous
A family stitched together with love seldom unravels. Letty Cottin Pogrebin
A tranquil woman can go on sewing longer than an angry man can go on fuming. George Bernard Shaw
Take your needle, my child, and work at your pattern; it will come out a rose by and by. Life is like that - one stitch at a time taken patiently and the pattern will come out all right like the embroidery. Oliver Wendell Holmes
Sew much fabric, sew little time. Anonymous
If you don't have experience sewing, start with that, because that will inform what you are able to design. Tim Gunn
Sewing mends the soul. Anonymous
Stitch your stress away. Anonymous
Sewing: A creative mess is better than tidy idleness. Anonymous
Sewing forever, housework whenever. Anonymous
She sewed pants, shirts, and jackets in the style of the trends she could not afford, and that's about what a lot of us think of when we think about sewing: cute clothes. But Audrey knew more, something many of us forget: the strength of the stitch. Victoria Loustalot
Couture sewing for the home sewer means being able to build into wonderful fashions comfort and fit, bringing with it confidence, self-assurance and security in self. Patricia Houser
The joy of stitching is knowing that no one else in the world has the same outfit as you. Tilly Walnes
The joy of stitching is taking pleasure in the experience of making something with your own hands. Tilly Walnes
Custom tailoring was once the only technique for creating a professionally tailored garment, but now the machine and fusible methods are natural choices when faster, easier construction is desired. Editors of Creative Fashion International
Sewing is not always easy, in fact, sewing can quite often be hard and frustrating. Assembil Books
The challenges are part of the reason why it is so rewarding to sew a garment and be able to say 'I made that.' Assembil Books
All day long you sit and sew, / Stitch life down for fear it grow, / Stitch life down for fear we guess / At the hidden ugliness. Dame Edith Luisa Sitwell
God love her! how it cheered me then / To see her there so brave and pretty; / So she with needle, I with pen, / We slaved and sang above the city. / And as across my streams of ink / I watched her from a poet's distance, / She stitched and sang . . . I scarcely think / She was aware of my existence. Robert William Service
I go to the shop every morning; / I work with my needle and thread; / Silk, satin and velvet adorning, / Then luncheon on coffee and bread. / Then sewing and sewing till seven; / Or else, if the order I get, / I toil and I toil till eleven -- / And such is the day of Babette. Robert William Service
I am certain that a Sewing Machine would relieve as much human suffering as a hundred Lunatic Asylums, and possibly a good deal more. Margaret Atwood
Sewing small pieces together gives me a peaceful heart and a quilt to wrap you with, my love. Benita Skinner
You can sew your own curtain to remain hidden from the dark side of the world. Munia Khan