Hand-made canvas sail seam sample, 2003

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Hand-made canvas sail seam sample, 2003

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Up until the 1900s, all heavy sails were sewn by hand. The selvage ends of canvas are overlapped and stitched together with two rows of flat stitching.

Sitting at a bench, using the seaming palm and the bench hook, a sailmaker could expect to stitch 100 yards of a single row of stitching in a ten-hour day.

This canvas was sewn by Grant Gambell, a sailmaker in Camden, and demonstrates the typical seams seen on a hand-sewn canvas.

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About This Item

  • Title: Hand-made canvas sail seam sample, 2003
  • Creator: Gambell, Grant
  • Creation Date: 2003
  • Subject Date: 2003
  • Town: Camden
  • County: Knox
  • State: ME
  • Media: Cotton
  • Object Type: Physical Object

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Maine Historical Society
485 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
(207) 774-1822 x219

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