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Sewn with one painstaking stitch at a time- Nasa’s astronaut’s Suits for cold void space

With all other careers on the line, there exists one more, which not all are aware of. The career holds its association with Space. It is older than the spaceflight of humans and is one of the vital careers in today’s mission.  It is also called a Sewing craft.

Jeanne Wilson, at the age of 7 learned from her mother the art of Sewing. She seemed to be a fast learner as she was soon able to design clothes for her dolls and sew them properly. With this to get continued after 10 years, she adopted the art as her career.

Jeanne becomes one among those several ILC Dover seamstresses. She was one among the others who sewed the spacesuits for Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. These Spacesuits got designed for the Moon landing of Apollo 11.

As per her sister, Jeanne used to work as an Undergarment maker at a company named Playtex. The same was then associated with ILC Dover. The materials used by them seemed to be suitable for designing a spacesuit. The opportunity of designing the spacesuits seemed to be a great opportunity. 

The work at ILC was slow and there were a lot of inspections. The task was important. The fabrics were delicate and costly and the threads were newly designed. All the training came under like a blueprint.

The torso, arms, legs of suits, astronaut name badges, were all under Wilson.

Once the suits got furnished, the same was being taken for inspection at a local hospital. X-rays were being taken use of to see if there any fault or pins left within suits. The work was a kind of worry even after leaving.

Suits once completed were also brought for the fitting check.

Constant checks were been made to assure that space harshness can be withstood by the suits. These suits were been made samples after samples. All knew that the testing will tear it apart and work will be no use. None stopped. They kept sewing as they knew lives depend on the same. 

The skill so seamstress has also saved Space station of America, Skylab in the year 1973. Sewing skills have been saving lives for long. It still thrives to help onboard lives. With the years of hard work, the work is getting recognized. The high recognition of sewing as an important part of the news.

The “Sew Sisters” is now getting the deserved title. They are being called the Seamstresses to stars. They will get continued to receive recognized like Mayer. Mayer’s handiwork is still protecting the instruments of Spacecraft’s. So will, the upcoming sewing doers do so.


Henry Clark

Henry is Editor in Chief of Global Industry Trends aerospace news column. He is a passionate person holding a relevant experience of working in the news industry. Henry is acquainted with all in out of the aerospace industry and works selflessly towards delivering the best possible information. With years of involvement in aerospace news delivery, Henry has honed his professional and personal skills impressively.

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