Adventist Adventurer Awards/Sewing Fun

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Sewing Fun

Tell what the first sewing needles were made of.[edit | edit source]

The oldest needle we know of dates back around 60,000 years ago: a human-constructed, animal (most likely bird) bone needle found in South Africa. Other needles made of bone and ivory have been discovered in Slovenia, Liaoning, China, and Russia, dating back to between 45,000 and 30,000 years ago.

Tell what was first used as thread.[edit | edit source]

Egyptians were efficient in making threads from plant fibers and wool and hair from tamed/pet animals. At that time threads were hand spun using spindles. Even Egyptian queen Cleopatra wore the premium cotton grown in the Egyptian Nile Valley. Some scientists found 7000 years old cotton wearer from Mexico.

State when sewing machines first came into existence.[edit | edit source]


In France, the first mechanical sewing machine was patented in 1830 by tailor Barthélemy Thimonnier, whose machine used a hooked or barbed needle to produce a chain stitch.

Demonstrate how to thread a needle.[edit | edit source]

Knot the end of some thread and sew on a button.[edit | edit source]

Make a bean bag.[edit | edit source]

Make a useful article using at least two different stitches.[edit | edit source]

Read the story in Acts 9:36-41 and plan a way to do something similar.[edit | edit source]

36 In Joppa there was a disciple named Tabitha (in Greek her name is Dorcas); she was always doing good and helping the poor. 37 About that time she became sick and died, and her body was washed and placed in an upstairs room. 38 Lydda was near Joppa; so when the disciples heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him and urged him, “Please come at once!”

39 Peter went with them, and when he arrived he was taken upstairs to the room. All the widows stood around him, crying and showing him the robes and other clothing that Dorcas had made while she was still with them.

40 Peter sent them all out of the room; then he got down on his knees and prayed. Turning toward the dead woman, he said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter she sat up. 41 He took her by the hand and helped her to her feet. Then he called for the believers, especially the widows, and presented her to them alive.