Gosh! I had no idea…

Catching up on some blog reading I came across a number of posts showing the wonderful quilt project that Fiona is hosting. I confess to feeling a little quilt square envy.
Then I saw this and thought it would make you smile, it’s my way of joining in.

Advice from a Singer sewing manual from 1949.

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do… never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically. 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 your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.

When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Put on a clean dress. Keep a little bag full 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.

Gosh! no idea at all!

Singer sewing

11 thoughts on “Gosh! I had no idea…

  1. I love this! ..and mind you, there’s something in it..I have been avoiding housework this morning because I have been hurrying to get a project finished. I would have enjoyed it more if I had finished the housework first I have now decided.

  2. Haha. Oh, I just love this. Thanks for sharing it, Miriam. 🙂 And I love the photo you’ve shared too. I keep thinking that I need to photograph my great-grandmother’s old Singer but I would really need to do some serious dusting first. Yours looks so clean and pretty!

  3. This is just hilarious! I think I go to the other extreme when I sew! I put on my comfiest clothes because i am normally sprawled out pinning on the floor! How times have changed!

  4. wow what a find. I’m even more impressed now at how much sewing my grandmother did back in the day – given she had to do all her housework first and keep checking her hair and lippy!!

  5. That is the best laugh I’ll have today. I love that photo of the Singer logo. I gave away my mother’s old black Singer in its beautiful wooden case years ago—truly regret that decision.

  6. From that description, it would take me all day just to be ready to sew with no time left over to actually do the deed. Aren’t we all glad that we don’t have such high (and unnecessary) expectations of ourselves any more? Lovely image too–the lighting is perfect to show off your vintage machine.

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