Destroyed (by 9)



First Appearance

9 (2009 film)

Appears in

9 (2009 film)

Voice actor


8! Where's 8? That thing has them! It's taking them to The Machine. - Aftermath of The Seamstress attack

The Seamstress is a machine that appears in 9. It is the third and final machine created by the Fabrication Machine.

Description/appearance Edit

The Seamstress resembles a large cobra-like machine with two pairs of insect-like hands; four of them have robotic hands, one has a seam-cutting blade, two others have sewing needles, and the remaining arm has a pair of old scissors. All together the Seamstress has six arms. Her body is cloaked in an fabric covering.The hood was made from a umbrella. Her head is the upper half of a broken doll's head, with metal "teeth" that can spit out large lines of thread. The left eye is one of the original doll's eyes, where as the right eye is a red bionic one made by the Fabrication Machine.

The Seamstress uses neuro-shock hypnosis to induce her victims with quick bursts of blinding blue and white light from the eyes of 2's desceased corpse, which is sewn to her tail, before binding the self-induced target with red thread. The Seamstress then stows her bound victims inside her belly, which can open and close at will. One of the most predominant features of the Seamstress is the snake machine's constant hissing, which indicates the nearness of the Seamstress. The machine can change the looks of its hood by spreading metal arms attached to the fabric, either folding it up over her face or spreading it out like a fan. The length of the Seamstress is 1 meter, and the height of standing position would be about 6 inches.


Seamstress concept art.

Role in filmEdit

The Seamstress was created by the Fabrication Machine in order to capture the stitchpunk group. The fabricated reptile/sewing machine managed to hypnotize and capture 8, as well as taking 7 alive with her too. 1 was one of the victims to the Seamstress, but was saved by 9. The Seamstress then takes her two ragdoll captives to the Fabrication Machine within The Factory with 9 and the other remaining stitchpunks following the Seamstress.

9 then infiltrates the Factory to save 7 and 8. However, 8 has already had his soul extracted at this point. 9 ends up tricking the Seamstress with a fake ragdoll,by putting a piece of cloth on his light staff. The Seamstress ends up getting caught in two gears, resulting in her demise.


Trivia Edit

  • In an interview, Tim Burton says that the Seamstress is his favorite out of the three machines the Fabrication Machine created.
  • Despite being the smallest of the main machines, the Seamstress is by far the most efficient and cunning, capturing two stitchpunks in one ambush (in which the two are the main fighters of the stitchpunks).
  • Her voice sounds like a mixture of a horse and a distorted baby's wail, possibly because the doll's head still had a voicebox attached, which might have been damaged.
  • The machines doll head, may have been the same one 2 exacted a voice box for 9.
  • Shane Acker already had some designs of the Seamstress for the 2005 short, but she was never included, possibly due to time or budget constraints. The character was included in the 2009 film after much insistence from Shane, in order to "get her out of [his] head".
  • The design of the Seamstress in the film was a nod towards the Other Mother (Beldam) from the film Coraline, which was also made by Focus Pictures.


2009 film characters
Stitchpunks123 and 456789
Machines The Cat BeastThe Fabrication MachineThe SeamstressThe Winged Beast
HumansThe ChancellorThe Scientist

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