“When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible…” and other advice from a 1949 Singer sewing machine manual 73



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Singer sewing machines have been a part of our homes for decades. We have found a little piece of advice from one of the old manuals…

“Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are gong to do. Never approach sewing with a sign or lackadaisically. Good results are difficult when indifference dominates. 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 your 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 might drop in or your husband will come home, and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.”


Via Sally Annie Magundy 

Have you ever have a Singer sewing machine in your home? What’s your favourite memory of them?

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  1. Up until a few years back I had the one my mother bought to make my baby clothes with. Had all the bells and whistles and was allegedly portable (if you had a team of porters). Swapped it out for my Bernina and haven’t looked back.

  2. Mum started with a Singer but gave her so much grief she got a Bernina…..Sewed for 11 kids, clothes & school uniforms…and my sister still uses it today…I was 6 when she bought it …now 62

  3. How crazy is that advice! Still have an old Singer treadle, I certainly didn’t follow that advice when I was learning to sew aged about 9! Still don’t on the odd occasion I use my much more modern machine these days. My husband would think I was crazy!

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