Coats & Clark is celebrating our 200th Anniversary in 2012 and would like you to share your sewing stories with us and for the next generations to read.

Share Your Sewing Stories

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Your story can be about how you learned to sew or quilt, what you enjoy about sewing, what you learned along the way or anything regarding sewing or quilting.

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  • Most of my life I've lived close to Coats a...

    Submitted by William W. on August 03, 2012

    Most of my life I've lived close to Coats and Clark Inc. spinning mills at Acworth,Ga. and Clarkdale,Ga. In 1970, I married a young lady that had lived in the Clarkdale mill village all her life. My father in law had been working at the mill since about 1947. In 1972 I applied for a job at the Clarkdale plant and in 9 months was asked to take a job in Quality Control Dept. My job consisted of many duties including making walk-thru inspections for machines producing bad quality products, running research and mill projects to find new products or improve existing ones. We also took small samples daily from each process and did various tests on them to make sure our products stayed within specifications. In 1984, the company began closing the plants to move out of the country. My father in law had 37 years and I had 12 years with the company at that time.

    My mother in law was a great seamstress that made all of her and my wife's clothes for years with of course Coats and Clark thread. She also made our 2 sons' clothes in their early years. My wife has croqueted for years always using Red Heart Yarns.

  • Dear Messrs. Coats & Clark: My learned res...

    Submitted by Marge on July 31, 2012

    Dear Messrs. Coats & Clark:
    My learned respect for your products was at the age of 12 when the Singer Sewing Center in my hometown of Racine, Wisconsin offered beginning sewing classes for young girls fifty years ago. I chose a brown calico print shirtwaist dress as my first wearable project under the guided hand of a skilled teacher. Color matching them was not an issue as you produced trusted cotton threads in a wide variety of colors to satisfy the chocolate brown fabric and the orange rickrack trim. Your threads stood the test of basting and gathering without breaking; and allowed me to learn and enjoy the skill with no concerns of inferior products. The original 1877 advert of the young girl surrounded by a circle of C&C thread spools hangs in my home. Your vintage as well as current products are forever a part of my sewing accessories. Thank you for continuing to endeavor 200 years of research towards furthering this skill. Respectfully, Marge Stacey

  • I learned to sew from my mom, who always ha...

    Submitted by Evelyn on July 31, 2012

    I learned to sew from my mom, who always had the machine going, and also entered the county fair with my sewing projects from 4-H.

  • i remember learning embroidery with my aunt...

    Submitted by Amy on July 31, 2012

    i remember learning embroidery with my aunt. woody woodpecker was one of my early masterpieces (around 8 or 9 yrs old)

  • I started sewing when I took a sewing class...

    Submitted by Lexi on July 31, 2012

    I started sewing when I took a sewing class and learned about stitches and fabric. I started sewing pillows and a colored pencil carrier!

  • I started sewing after my mom took a sewing...

    Submitted by Alyssa on July 31, 2012

    I started sewing after my mom took a sewing class. She helped me make a doll dress after that and I was off!!! I love sewing so much now!! Thanks!

  • When I was about 12 years old, my mom atten...

    Submitted by Alyssa on July 31, 2012

    When I was about 12 years old, my mom attended a sewing class. From there, she taught me how to sew a doll dress for my American Girl. I had learned minimal hand-sewing from a kit for a birthday before. Now, I love to sew! Thanks Coats & Clarks for the wonderful sewing supplies!! Happy 200th Anniversary!

  • My aunt and mother tried to teach me to sew...

    Submitted by Carmen on July 30, 2012

    My aunt and mother tried to teach me to sew when I was around 10-12 years of age, but I kept getting frustrated and gave up. I now have a little girl of my own and desperately want to make her things, so I am taking it up again. I find I have much more patience and understanding than I did back then. But I still have much to learn...

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