Coats & Clark is celebrating our 200th Anniversary in 2012 and would like you to share your sewing stories with us and for the next generations to read.

Share Your Sewing Stories

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Your story can be about how you learned to sew or quilt, what you enjoy about sewing, what you learned along the way or anything regarding sewing or quilting.

See the list of winners from the second half of the year giveaway!

  • I know that this is after the submission da...

    Submitted by Edna on December 07, 2012

    I know that this is after the submission date but I thought maybe someone would enjoy my story. In the early 1990's a group of teachers from a Lace Seminar being held in Tallahassee visited one of the Coats and Clarks plants not too far away. As we were being shown through the area where thread was being spun I was interested in the piles of roving seen here and there on the floor. The guide saw my interest and asked if I would like a sample to take with me. I was very happy to say yes as I am also a spinner as well as lacemaker.

    As we were traveling back to our rooms in Tallahassee one of the ladies said that I wouldn't be able to spin the cotton as the staple was too short. I am happy to report that I was very easily able to spin that cotton and have enjoyed spinning near thread size with it!

  • My Mum was a great needle woman and she had...

    Submitted by Judith on December 06, 2012

    My Mum was a great needle woman and she had a box filled with thread. I too do a lot of sewing and Coats and Clark are very well known names to me. However, it was the story of the spools that brought back memories for me. We used to wait anxiously for Mum to finish a wooden spool because we could make tanks with them. One needed an inch long piece of candle with the wick removed, a matchstick, a spool, the edges of which had been notched, a piece of twig about 4 inches long and an elastic band. The candle was grooved so the matchstick fitted across it. The elastic band was looped around the matchstick and through the candle (crochet hook needed for this) then through the centre of the spool and finally around the twig. By dint of winding the elastic band furiously enough tension was put on the twig which pushed the "tank" along the ground. There was sufficient drive to go over mud hills and vales and the notches in the spool gave grip so we had a ready made tank force with very little cost and played "invasions" for hours. Recycling is not new.
    I live in Bulawayo and there used to be a very good Coats and Clark factory here. I still have a few balls of Tridalia which they made. The company I work for now bought out some of the plant and equipment when they closed down, a sad loss to our city.
    I know this doesn't qualify for the story as it is too late to enter but I thought you might be interested in a little anecdote.
    The photo is a tatted corner in Tridalia
    Your 200 years web site is very interesting.

  • Sewing and needle arts have been as much a ...

    Submitted by Becky on December 06, 2012

    Sewing and needle arts have been as much a part of my life as breathing. It all started when I was a child of about 5 years old. Young, I know, but once I saw my mother sew a dress for my doll I was hooked!
    I'm sure I would be embarrassed by my earliest attempts but luckily I improved with time and practice.
    I went on to take sewing class in school and even later to work in the alterations at a local bridal shop.
    I've either learned from a teacher, or taught myself, how to master other needle arts. I sew, tat, knit, crochet, etc. you name it I've either tried it or its on my list to learn.
    Coats & Clark products have been a big part of my life, a fond friend. Whether its vintage needle cards, old spools of thread, or the newest thread on the market; it all brings the same joy. I spend time imagining what I can create with my treasure. Whatever the project is, I know I am creating an heirloom product and only the best will do.

  • At age 13 I found myself in my first home e...

    Submitted by Jackie on December 06, 2012

    At age 13 I found myself in my first home ec class. My teacher, Mrs. Alan, was a gem. She had patients beyond measure.....especially with me. I always loved planning and starting a project but often rushed through it to get finished. Mrs. Alan cautioned me that the end project wouldn't be nearly as nice if I rushed through. Well, I wish I'd have listened on one particular day. I was sewing the skirt portion of my dress and couldn't wait to get it finished so I could wear it. When class was over, I raised up to put my stuff away when I found I had sewed the dress I was wearing to the dress I was making! After that day I never rushed through a project again. Mrs. Alan had to take me home herself since she didn't want to mess up my clothes by ripping out the seams of my mistake. My mom....and Mrs. Alan....and everyone else they told had a good laugh at my expense. It was rather funny. Mrs. Alan taught me a valuable lesson during that year of school. I went on to work part-time in a fabric store and continued to make model garments for various pattern company's. Everytime I made something I always looked to make sure I was joining myself to my work (literally)!!!

  • I have been a RECYCLER/QUILTER all My life....

    Submitted by Velia \"Betty\"Elizabeth Gutierrez on December 02, 2012

    I have been a RECYCLER/QUILTER all My life. It was 1953 when, pregnant with Our first child My wardrobe was limited. The Blue/gray fille silky fabric was perfect for a new Maternity outfit. What was I to do without thread ? Old curtains came in handy...The thread on them was perfect. Carefully, I put the thread from the curtains on the spools to sew the skirt with an opening at the front to expand as the Baby grew inside of My young body. The landlady had thrown out a rabbit fur collar. The Fur became the collar for the Maternity Top. The White treadle sewing machine had a shuttle instead of a round bobbin. I worked around it and figured it out.There was enough Thread from the old curtains to complete the Special outfit. SEW stylish ! I do have pictures but it's been fifty some years now.

  • Thread and I I've been sewing long en...

    Submitted by Karren on November 30, 2012

    Thread and I
    I've been sewing long enough, although very young when I learned on my grandmother’s treadle machine, to have quite a large collection of empty wooden thread spools. On display in my living room, they fill an old apothecary candy jar, several glass shortening jars, a row of canning jars and even a glass, antique gallon jar. I have inherited a few spools over the years but I have also stitched many of these spools empty.
    After years of sewing my wardrobes on my mother’s Singer, I was given my own Singer sewing machine as a college graduation present. And I've never stopped sewing. Years ago I saved to buy my Bernina which after thirty years, I still use today. It always stays open and ready to stitch.
    When I sit down to sew today, I have within an arm’s reach, my primary box of thread. In this simple plastic box I keep my all-purpose, large economy sized collection of neutrals. Warm and cool, light and dark, from white through every variations of beige on to gray and black, they sew almost everything. This does not mean that I don’t have colored threads. No dedicated sewer can be without her thread palette. On a nearby shelf I've more boxes where I divide my spools by their hue. Somehow over the years I've just divided them into boxes of reds, of blues, of greens and also yellows. Each box is filled, heaps of spools that you have to riffle through to find just the right pink or turquoise or possibly orange that you need. If not, it means a trip to the store to purchase yet another spool of thread in just the right color. My newest favorites are one each from the beautiful Dual Duty ‘ikat’ collection and how could I resist the ‘fluorescent’ collection, so I now own a glowing Dual Duty lime-yellow too. Whatever the color, Dual Duty threads and I sew well together.

  • I never realized what a gift home ec would ...

    Submitted by Jill on November 28, 2012

    I never realized what a gift home ec would be when I took it back in middle school. I sewed a stuffed elephant. I forgot about sewing for many years. I had a hand me down sewing machine that I would get out once in a while, but never enjoyed it. Thirty years later, something just seemed to click. I fell in love with sewing. While I'll probably never be an expert seamstress, I love that I can make my girls' dress and costumes. I actually make aprons for all the girls in a church group and I do lots of sewing projects around the house. I've saved my family a lot of money too. Who would have thought that stuffed elephant would have been just the start?

  • I have very fond and delightful memories of...

    Submitted by Joan on November 26, 2012

    I have very fond and delightful memories of Coats and Clark. I first learned how to sew when I was around 13 years old in the 7th grade Home Economics class. My mother reinforced sewing around the same time by enrolling myself and my sister in Singer sewing classes. At that time, there was a Singer shop about 3 miles from where we lived.

    I am a self-taught crocheter and learned around that around the same age (Mom taught us). Coats and Clark played a major role in my learning how to sew and crochet. I STILL HAVE my original Coats and Clark crotchet book and if I am selected as a winner, I will submit a picture of it (it's in very good shape). I only crotchet with Coats and Clark yarn.

    All of my sewing threads came from Coats and Clark. Although I've recently started back sewing after a being away for a couple of decades, I love the quality of Coats and Clark.

    Coats and Clark is the only reason why I am back sewing and crocheting! The quality and their experience is unmatched. I hope you stay around for years to come to help our younger generation in sewing and crafting. Thanks. PS: Here's a pic of me at the machine I learned to sew on over 30 years ago. It's still in working condition. :-)

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