Sewing Gusseted Earthbags — 6 Comments

    • They’re in the process of creating several documentaries, including one documentary just on this school. They hope to have things finished in two or so months.

  1. Technically, in sewing, a gusset is a triangular or rhomboidal piece of fabric inserted into a seam to add breadth or reduce stress from tight-fitting clothing. Since no such extra piece of fabric is sewn into the bag, this wouldn’t be called a gusset. But, it is interesting that the commercial bags that are sold as “gusseted” don’t have extra fabric either; they simply fold a pleat into the bottom corner before it is sewn so that the pointy ends don’t stick out. I guess that what is happening with this sewing in Nepal might be called “fitted,” or something like this, in the sewing world.

    • Maybe ‘pleated earthbags’ is more accurate? I just know we’ve always referred to them as gusseted bags since that’s what the poly bag industry calls them. The end result is wonderful — perfect squared corners.

  2. It was heartwarming to watch the young lady operate the sewing machine. She was beaming with joy every time I watched. Naturally the villagers are eager to help rebuild their schools and homes, and this was her contribution. I think she was honored to be chosen to operate the machine.

    Note how the sewing machine is very fast. It only takes about two seconds to sew each part of the gusseted seam. There are three steps after turning the tube inside out: sew the end square, and then sew the two gussets. Turn the tube inside out again and then you can start filling it with moist soil.

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