As someone who sews, what do you want to be called? A seamstress? A sewer? Sewist? Crafter?
I’m partial to seamstress myself, although it does give the impression of sewing for other people or sewing as a profession. (Though, think of the Selfish Seamstress – you get a clear picture as soon as you hear the name, right away!) I feel like seamstress clearly explains our sewing skills to someone who doesn’t sew. Although I don’t ever say ‘Hi, I’m a seamstress.’
The term sewer makes me think of sewers. It’s one of those words that sounds all right out loud, but when I see it typed out, I think sewer like the drain.
I dislike crafter – it makes me think of glitter glue and homemade crafts. I think of novelty craft items that are decorative but less useful, like seasonal Kleenex box covers. It’s the artsy-craftsy side of sewing, the side that I am not on. I don’t want you to be able to tell I made my outfit! I don’t do ‘holiday’ outfits. (Special occasion, yes. Holiday-theme, no.) Crafter sounds like I conjured this blouse (picture me moving my hands in the air and poof – a blouse appears!)
I think I use all three – sewist, sewer, seamstress – in my writing. Sewist and seamstress appear more frequently than sewer just because it looks weird when I type it. ‘Hello, sewers!’ Does it look as weird when you’re reading it, or does your mind correct it to ‘sew-er’ automatically because you’re reading a sewing blog?
Which name do you prefer? And why?