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What are Notions

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

In sewing and haberdashery, notions are small objects or accessories, These include items that are sewn or otherwise attached to a finished article, such as buttons, and collar stays. Notions also include the small tools used in sewing, such as needles, thread, pins, marking pens, elastic, tape measures and seam rippers and thimbles. The term is chiefly found in the United States, however is increasingly been used more in United Kingdom.

Some Notion Facts

1.The oldest button ever found was in the Indus Valley Civilization which is now Pakistan. The button is made of a curved shell and dates back 5,000 years!

2. Seam rippers where probably invented some time in the late 1800s, and one of the earliest patents for a similar tool was a thimble that had the addition of a small knife that was patented in the United States by W Miller in 1883.

3.A thimble is a protective shield worn on the finger or thumb generally worn during sewing. It was called the ” thumb-bell,” because it was worn on the thumb when in use, and shaped like a bell. The shape eventually changed, but the name, softened into thimble, and this still remains today,

4.The longest sewing needle is 2.46 metres (8 ft 1 in) long and was made by Nishant Choudhary, Rajbala Choudhary, Alok Sharma and Praveen Jakhar (all India). The needle was presented and measured in Jaipur, India, on 26 December 2009.

5. In 1820, Thomas Hancock of the United Kingdom patented elastic fastenings for gloves, suspenders, shoes and stockings. The first Fabric elastic.

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