Thursday, 23 October 2008


Thank you to Mrs. Ursula Munro of the Enfield and District Embroiderers' Guild for her delightful letter and a charming snippit of advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949, which reads as follows...

"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 of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick 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 as you should."


pen said...

sorry- crying with laughter!
the lipstick issue- put a pin in your mouth and you are going to get lipstick on what you are sewing..... I suppose a lady wouldn't put a pin in her mouth..... ooops
and the dishes and unmade beds- I'm screwed then
I really have to re-think my creative side
obviously I'm doing it all wrong

the glass pingle said...

I find that NOT doing the housework is the best frame of mind to be in regardless of whether you are sewing or not. As for french chalk...isn't that what weight-lifters use ? I prefer biscuit crumbs .