Sewing Superstitions

  • If you’re pined to your slip during a fitting, you’ll enjoy wearing the dress.
  • If you drop a needle or pin and it lands eye or head up, you’ll have good luck; if it lands point up, you’re destined for tragedy.
  • If you borrow pins, never return them to avoid catastrophe.
  • if you drop a pair of scissors on the floor, it’s bad luck – unless you step o them before picking them up  If the scissors fall with the points down, it means the dressmaker will be receiving more work.  If the scissors stick in the floor on only one point, it’s a sign of death.
  • If you drop scissors on a Sunday expect a strange visitor.
  • A shirt sewn during the dark of the moon will creep up and out of the wearer’s trousers.  To avoid this problem, put sugar in your shoes.
  • Step in the dirt, you’ll tear your father’s shirt.”
  • A British tailor carries a thimble in his pocket for good luck.
  • If a sewer dies before finishing a garment, the garment should be cut up, burned and never allowed to be worn.
  • if you accidentally put on a garment wrong side out or backwards, it will protect you from getting lost.  To avoid bad luck, don’t correct this error on the same day unless you say “bread and butter” before reversing the garment.
  • Never leave a sewing machine open during a lightening storm, or lightening will strike the house.

Hummm glad these aren’t facts! Especially the one about if the sewer die before finishing a garment – does that apply to one’s fabric stash????

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  1. Here is a list of sewing superstitions that I have gathered from several sources.
    They are very different than yours. Just thought I would share.
    See a pin and pick it up, all the day you’ll have good luck. See a pin and let it lie, luck will surely pass you by.
    Never give a present of scissors or the friendship will be cut. Scissors should always be sold, they should never be given.
    It is bad luck to sew clothing while some one is wearing it unless the person in the clothes holds a thread in their mouth.
    Always sew a pillow case on New Years Eve to hold all of your troubles.
    Never leave sewing undone on New Years or it will stay that way for the next year.
    Never sew on Sunday because you will have to rip out all of those stitches when you get to heaven.
    You will ‘cut off’ your fortune if you use scissors on New Year’s Day.
    Dropping a pair of scissors is said to warn that a love is unfaithful.
    A bride must sew a swan’s feather into her husbands pillow to ensure fidelity.
    Don’t wash clothes on New Year’s Day or someone in your family will pass away.
    To upset a box of pins for tells a surprise as long as some of them are left in the box.
    If you mend your apron or dress while you are wearing it someone will lie about you.
    White sewing on a garment should you sew it to your dress by mistake, as many stitches as you take so many lies will be told about you.
    If you break your needle while making a dress you will live to wear it out.
    If you tear a hole in a new dress the first time wearing it you will have a new one before that one is worn out.
    Never start a garment on Friday unless you can finish it the same day.
    Breaking one blade of a pair of scissors is an omen of quarrels and discord. If both blades are broken at once a calamity is to be feared.
    If you make a quilt or spread be sure to finish it or marriage will never come to you.

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