Catherine Whall Smith now has time to purge and organize her computer . . . guess what she found!

  Advice from a Singer Sewing Machine Manual  From 1949

“Prepare yourself mentally for sewing. Think about what you are going to do . . . Never approach sewing with a sign 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 shores, 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 nearly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.”

Seventy plus years later things have changed for sure.  I no longer dust my fingers with french chalk!  So what are you up to?

About Catherine Whall Smith

Fiber Artist working with contemporary textiles.
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3 Responses to Catherine Whall Smith now has time to purge and organize her computer . . . guess what she found!

  1. Jeanie says:

    Ho ho–this is great!

  2. Barb says:

    Cathy, Laughed reading this again. At least we don’t have to worry anout unexpected visitors right now.
    Hope you continue to stay healthy.

  3. Espirational says:

    I’d never get any sewing done if I had to do all that. 🙂 I’ve been cleaning house — much needed as I’m coming back from six weeks of limited activity due to a shoulder injury. My studio needs some serious organization before I can get back to creating.

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