Sewing Advice from 1949

I thought you would get a laugh out of this sewing advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual.  It is an amusing view of how women were given instructions during that time period.  It was probably written by a man who thought his wife only lived for his arrival at home.  Just for the record, I do not dress up to sew or to paint.  And I am totally enjoying my sewing without fear of someone coming over or my husband coming home.



  1. I beg to differ. It is saying that sewing is a creative activity that requires mental space to do well. If your mind is on other things, you will not get good results. And to really enjoy it, you should prepare ahead so you can work without interruption or stress. Yes, the context is 1949 but the spirit of the advice (maybe today it would read, “declutter your workspace, turn off your electronic devices and take a few deep breaths”) remains timeless.

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