[november acknowledgment]

Taking with, considering, using, looking, at the alterations made over the last month or so, in November the motions continued on. This time altering two pairs of jeans. Reconstructing their make-up and dividing their parts to be mended again in a different way. One jean blue, the other black, both asking for a slimmer leg, and a run with the serger we have been borrowing for many weeks now. As always, taking advantage of the indeterminate chain-stitch, we were able to quickly pull the sewing out of the the inner leg of both pairs, like opening a potato sack. Searching through for a good image of a chain-stitch provided few results, but that said, the idea of the chain-stitch is an odd one, as – if you find the top of one, you can pull the whole thing out with one long swoop. The chain-stitch is quite unlike the usual lock-stitch that most people’s home machines utilize, and even most industrial machines utilize. Further research will be needed to explain why the stitch came to be and why it is still used. While the discourse of the jeans has lead to the chain-stitch, it also leads to the serger used to sew the seams back together after receiving some trim-work. The serger employs an overlock-stitch (sometimes called a Merrow stitch, as Merrow was the first company to produce sergers/overlockers). The overlock-stitch is a bundle of neatly distributed tangles that hold the ends of a given material in such a way that no fraying will happen over the garments life cycle. Often there is a sharp knife that cuts the fabric just before it is stitched, allowing the thread-fencing to lean perfectly upon the edge of the material. This bit of tension is what aids in any extraneous fibers running amok.

Self Reflexivity in Materials – Mind-Body Problem

These variables in stitching-mechanics create the potential in objects made with sewing machines, and/or sewn with the human hand. The sheer amount of stitching patterns is almost infinite, each group leading to the next. This leads the mind to think about all the various meshes and woven materials that surround us on a daily basis. The idea of weaving a sheet of fabric with many yarns is like making a flat knot that can be folded and sewn into a voluminous object, all from just yarn converging together in a very precise pattern. Then comes knitting and crocheting, which is akin to building surfaces with more apparent voids and striations in the material, lending to the overall things ability to move and absorb the environment it is placed in/over/around. This repetitive patterning, pattern making, and pattern building is at the very center of the sewn world, expanding out from looms weaving back and forth with a continuous yarn forming the weft; across – over and under – the many warp yarns, to sewing, to the sailors knotting with ropes. This intricate type of knotting is a doubling over of materials just as weaving is, creating a blossoming affect which intertwines back into itself to generate/regenerate a new pattern from the exact same materials – to be used in a different way, with a different purpose. In this sense, the binding of yarn is the core of sewing and textiles, it is doubling and tripling itself at every moment in different ways from a center-body. All the myriad of forms that this twisting and pulling in radial(?) and lateral(?) motions result in specific-objects or circumstances of two objects becoming one, which then esablish a control over the yarn unto itself that is putting together another fashioning of its own body mirroring back to the central region of establishment.

Comments are closed.