Sewing

French Sewing Vocabulary

On this page you’ll find a complete list of French sewing vocabulary words. You’ll notice that while most of these words are quite different from English the names of the different kinds of sewing arts are very similar. For example, “la broderie” is embroidery and “le crochet” is crochet. The word for needlepoint is “la tapisserie“, which resembles the English word, “tapestry”.

coudre to sew
le coutre sewing la machine à coudre sewing machine
l’aiguille needle la bobine de fil thread reel
la platine needle plate
le guide de fil thread guide
les ciseaux scissors le patron pattern
la pelote à épingles pincushion l’épingle pin le tissu material
le centimètre tape measure
la bobine bobbin le fil thread
le dé à coudre thimble la craie de tailleur tailor’s chalk
enfiler to thread
coudre to sew
repriser to darn
bâtir to tack
couper to cut
la tapisserie needlepoint la broderie embroidery
le crochet crochet le macramé macramé le patchwork patchwork
le outage quilting le dentelle lace-making le tissage weaving
le tricot knitting l’aiguille à tricoter knitting needle
la laine wool
la pelote de laine ball of yarn
le nylon nylon la soie silk
le polyester polyester le lin linen le cotton cotton
la fermature éclair zipper défaire to uptick
le styliste styliste

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