Term of the Week: SINS


So, for this Term of the Week we’re pulling a little-used acronym out of our stitchy bag. (At least, I haven’t seen it very often.)

SINS – other than being an actual word, what does it mean? Well, to stitchers, it means Stuff I‘ll Never Stitch. Looking at it, it’s got two connotations: a negative one, literally something you would not stitch, but in most cases it uses the positive connotation.

Stuff I’ll Never Stitch, when used in a positive connotation, is just lamenting the size of your stash – you’ve bought it because you love it, but with the amount of charts, kits, and patterns you have, you’ll never get around to stitching it. Or, from a different perspective, you want to buy it – your mouse is hovering over ‘Add to Cart’ – but you know that it’ll end up as “stuff you’ll never stitch”. Or, another example, you bought a chart because you loved it, but your tastes changed and now it’s become a SINS.

Basically SINS is referring to an overwhelming amount of stash. It’s mostly used as an excuse to sell some staff: “All of this fabric and these Christmas charts are SINS now and I need to clear up space in my stash area”, that sort of thing. I haven’t really seen it used that often… probably because no one wants to give up their stash!


“Term of the Week” is a weekly blog post highlighting a new word or phrase commonly used among cross-stitchers but not found in an ordinary dictionary. These posts are to help explain the words’ meanings in context and provide a resource for anyone wondering what a term like “frogging” means. Check back every Thursday!