1973This study compared two groups of home sewers in relation to\ud their sewing practices, perceived sewing competence, sex-role\ud concept, and selected demographic factors. A review of literature\ud indicated an increase in home sewing that began in the 1960's with\ud the greater availability of fabrics in a wider range of fibers, finishes,\ud textures, patterns, colors, weaves, and most importantly in knitted\ud fabrics. Knits have become so important that the use of those fabrics\ud has changed the market for patterns, sewing machines, and\ud related products for the home sewer. Social changes, such as those\ud related to life styles and use of leisure time, have created a climate\ud for greater creativity and individuality. A sample of 175 home\ud sewers, composed of seventy-seven women who had completed a\ud sewing-with-knit class and ninety-eight women who had not completed a sewing-with-knit class, participated in the study by responding to\ud a mailed questionnaire. Comparisons between the two sub-groups\ud were made in relation to home sewing practices, perceived sewing\ud competence, sex-role concept, number of sewing instruction sources,\ud age, marital status, socio-economic and educational levels, and\ud number and age levels of children.\ud The two groups of home sewers differed on sewing practices\ud with knit fabrics, number of instruction sources from which they\ud learned to sew with knit and woven fabrics, and perceived sewing\ud competence; those who had completed the sew-with-knit course\ud scored higher on all four variables. On all the other variables\ud these two groups of home sewers were homogeneous. Perceived\ud sewing competence level was found to be highly related to the completion\ud of a sewing-with-knit class, as well as sewing practices with\ud knit fabrics
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