Saturday, 30 June 2012

Prepare Yourself Mentally For Sewing!

My blogfriend Karen, over at Sew Many Ways [a brilliant blog, always full of great ideas and tutorials] Has posted this picture today. It is Advice from a 1949 Singer Sewing Machine manual.

Singer Sewing machine

I have spent the morning in jeans and an old tee-shirt, the sewing machine on the kitchen table, Radio 4 playing in the background.


There is washing up as yet undone

The beds are stripped- but I have yet to put clean sheets on them

The floors need to be vacuumed

There are bins to empty and dead flowers to be thrown out

And I am not wearing fresh lipstick or a clean dress

I am definitely not ‘neatly put together’

sewing and tea

But oh! how I have enjoyed my sewing.

Now I have to finish preparing my sermon [I don’t think the person who wrote the Singer Manual would countenance women preachers]

Then I will finish the other chores!


  1. No French chalk?
    No clean dress?
    Oh dear!
    Can you imagine that women really went to all that trouble just to sew?

  2. Loved this! Oh a fan of Radio 4 myself! Love the mumbling background as I tackle mundane tasks!

  3. How was your hair?!!!

    2012 version

    Make yourself as comfortable as possible and forget about everything else apart from your sewing. Result - happiness.

    Love from Mum

  4. Shoot, I always forget to put on fresh lipstick before sewing. :)

  5. I much prefer your way of enjoying your sewing time than the sewing manual...........did women really think this way then........we have come so far, lol. x

  6. Well, that explains my sewing skills!!
    Jane x

  7. Ideally, I would love to have everything in order before I embark on a big sewing project, but practically, it doesn't usually happen. I don't think I have ever worn lipstick while sewing!

  8. I always enjoy my sewing, dressed up, clean or dirty LOL!
    Housework?? what's that then? Same with Ironing, only do that when making up a garment or patchwork!

    Have a great week,

    Sandie xx

  9. I think I would be inclined to go with the article! Really? Of course not, my house seems always to be in some sort of disorder and if I were to wait until all that was done, I would never get around to the more interesting sewing, knitting, crochet etc.

    I think that the difference between 'professional housewives" is the fact that some of them refer to "after doing their work", which means housework. When I was working, 'my work' was what I was paid to do all day from 8.30 to 5pm and further. The housework, what I managed to do always came second or even third, if there was something outdoors, or cycling, to do! Good on you for keeping up the good work, after all the people who made these rules of housework, never went out to work and often had help in the house.

  10. I wish there was a 'like' button these blogs so you could like some of the replies that are received.


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