It stands to reason that the word “sewer” would be used to describe people who like to sew; however, a lot of people aren’t very satisfied with the title. Why? Because it’s spelled the same as, sewer; you know, the underground system used to collect wastewater? While they are pronounced differently, in writing, they are spelled the same (gotta love the English language, huh?) which can make for some confusion; especially to people who aren’t, well, sewers. Would you be comfortable writing that you are a “sewer” on a resume? While it’s likely that prospective employers wouldn’t think that you are a collection system for wastewater; still, you might feel a little weird writing the word down.
The term “sewist” was derived by blending two words together: sew + artist = sewist. While it does make sense (after all, you create art using a needle, thread, and fabric), it sounds a bit funny. To many, the word sewist sounds like a made up word, and therefore, they prefer not to use it. But is it better than being thought of as a wastewater collection system?
Sewer or Sewist: Which Should You Use?
It really comes down to personal preference, as both are acceptable terms. You could totally still use the word “seamstress” as your title, if you’d like. Whichever word you use to describe your trade, take pride in your title and keep on sewing on!