Saturday, 14 December 2013

Are you Superstitious?

Well played Friday-the-13th, well played. It was an interesting day yesterday, let's just leave it at that. But it has me thinking about superstitions and specifically those superstitions around sewing.  

The only one that I remember being told is to never sew anything that I am wearing as in repairing a hem on a skirt that I have on. It was something that an aunt and Mom passed on many moons ago. 

Here are a few that I was able to gather (thanks to the sources listed below):

Bleeding on the seam allowance is good luck.  
If you draw blood from the prick of a needle while making a garment it is a sign that you will be kissed the first time you wear it.  
If you bleed on a visible part of the garment spit on it to remove the stain.  
If you break a needle in a garment, you'll wear it to a wedding.
✄ Whereas, another folklore suggests that if you break a needle in a garment, you will live to wear that garment out.  
If you wear a piece of clothing while it's being sewn, you need to chew on a piece of bread. Otherwise, God will think you're being sewn into your shroud and you will soon die. On another site, I found that it is bad luck to sew clothing while someone is wearing it unless they have thread in their mouth.
✄ In Britain, knotted thread means that an argument will happen. But in the Mediterranean, if knotted thread happens while you're mending a garment it means the owner of the garment will have prosperity and wealth.

✄ If your thread knot tangles while you are sewing it means that someone is talking about you.  
✄ If you happen to sew the project to the garment you are wearing, the number of stitches reveal how many lies you have told.
✄ If you drop a pair of scissors on the floor, it's bad luck unless you step on them before picking them up. 
If you drop your scissors while cutting it means that you will hear bad news.
✄ If you drop scissors on Sunday expect a strange visitor.
✄ If the scissors fall with the points down, it means the dressmaker will be receiving more work. 
✄ If you break one blade from your scissors, a quarrel will happen.  
✄ If you break both blades, then a catastrophe will happen.     
You should never give scissors to a friend, lest the relationship be cut. Therefore, scissors should always be sold.
✄ Don't use your scissors on New Year's Day, lest you cut off your own fortunes.

Never pass a pin without picking it up, it is considered unlucky to do so.
✄ If you drop a needle or pin and it lands eye or head up, you'll have good luck. It it land pointy tip up, not so.
✄ Upsetting a box of pins is a sign that a surprise will happen as long as some pins remain in the box.
Bent pins were thrown down wishing wells.
✄ If you are pinned to your slip during a fitting, you'll enjoy wearing the dress.
Prick your hand with a needle it depends on which hand, left refers to work and the right hand refers to your heart.
✄ Prick you thumb with a needle it means happiness.
✄ Prick your index finger with a needle it means trouble.
✄ Prick your middle finger with a needle it means love.
✄ Prick your ring finger it means a letter is on its way.
✄ Prick your pinky finger it means a farewell.
✄ Single gals who sew a single piece of hair into a wedding dress in couture, will get married within the next year.

✄ A bride can sew a swan's feather into her husband's pillow to ensure fidelity.
✄ Sew a pillowcase on New Years Eve to hold all of your troubles.
Never leave sewing undone on New Year's Day, as it will stay that way for the next year.
✄ Never start a garment on Friday unless you can finish it that same day.
✄ Don't sew on Sunday as you will have to rip out all of those stitches when you get to heaven.
✄ Do not sew on Sunday without a thimble as harm could be around the corner.
✄ If you tear a hole in a new dress the first time you wear it, you'll have a new one before that one is worn out.  
✄ If you put your petticoat on inside out it's okay as long as you wear it that way the whole day. If you switch it's bad luck.
✄ If you sew a shirt during the dark of the moon, it will creep up and out of the wearer's trousers. To avoid this problem, put sugar in your shoes.
✄ British tailors carry a thimble in their pocket for good luck.

How about you, are you superstitious when it comes to your sewing? Have you heard any superstitions or variations not listed here? Do tell! I would love to hear them.

Happy Sewing!


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Rohifing, Londa.  Londa's Creative Threads.  Sewing Superstitions.  18 July 2013.  Retrieved online 13 December 2013:

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1 comment:

  1. Interesting superstitions. Thanks for sharing them.

    God bless.


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