Sunday, March 03, 2013

I've Been Doing It All Wrong

Recently I came across intriguing sewing advice from a 1949 Singer sewing manual and it's just too good not to share. See if you recognize yourself.

'Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do...never approach sewing with a sigh or lacksidaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade. When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so that your mind is free to enjoy sewing.

When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.

Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on. If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home, and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.'

Drat! I'm all out of French chalk... I wonder if the fact that I sew on a Pfaff and not a Singer machine matters?...M


Josie said...

That is priceless!! Love it. :o) Don't you just love 'the way things were'. I have a turn of the century book on 'Women's Health'... it suggests a cure for menopause is... sleeping naked in a tent in the garden!! I didn't try it!! :o)

Brandie said...

Hahaha! This is good to know! Now we can all act accordingly. Or Not!

Anne said...

Right. It's about those unmade beds and dirty dishes. Now I know.

Linda Jenkins said...

These tips are hilarious -- thanks, Marie!

Gypsy Quilter said...

I only have one question, do I use the chalk before or after putting long white gloves on . . . and how exactly does one sew with gloves on?