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The Seamstress is the secondary antagonist of the 2009 computer-animated film 9. It is one of the three machines that the Fabrication Machine created to eliminate the stitchpunks.

Appearance

The Seamstress resembles a snake or cobra, with a body made of stitched fabric. Its skull-like face consists of a broken doll head with a single glowing eye peering out its shattered socket, and several red threads stretching down its neck from "teeth" along its jaw. This face is hidden within a retractable hood, along with six spindly metal arms tipped with various tools - scissors, a seam-puller, and four sewing machine presser feet used to immobilize its victims via wrapping or stitching them up. Several spools of red thread hidden within its body feed its many arms.

At the end of the Seamstress' tail is the lifeless corpse of 2, his legs removed and his eyes repurposed to shine flashing blue lights from its sockets to mesmerize the other stitchpunks.

Powers and Abilities

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. The Seamstress' distinct rattling hiss indicates the nearness of the mechanical snake.

History

In the film, the Seamstress captured 7 and 8 using the corpse of 2, causing 9 and the other remaining Stitchpunks to chase the fabricated beast to the factory. 9 goes into the factory and rescues 7, but 8 had his soul removed by the Fabrication Machine. 9 used a fake dummy to attach it to the Seamstress' body and hoisted the Seamstress to two rotating gears, thus crushing and killing the reptilian menace.

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Trivia

  • The design of the Seamstress in the film was a nod towards The Beldam from the animated film Coraline, which was also made by Focus Pictures and released in 2009.

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