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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

On the lighter side

I think I've discovered why most of us can't get more done ... we're not properly prepared!  Study the following tips closely --

Tips on preparing yourself for sewing, from a 1949 Singer Sewing Manual:
"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 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 full of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on with care... 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."

On the Other Hand:
2011 tips on preparing yourself for quilting, from the top of my head:
"Prepare yourself mentally for quilting. If you're not sure what you want to do, just dive right in and start slashing fabric with mad abandon! Surprising and pleasing benefits can result from this creativity.  Never mind a sink full of dishes or unmade beds - quilting comes first!  Ignore housekeeping chores, so your mind is free to enjoy your quilting.

"When you quilt, make yourself as comfortable as possible. Put on an old floppy warmup suit and bunny slippers. Keep a little bag full of French chocolates or pork rinds near your sewing machine and pop one into your mouth at regular intervals. Never mind your hair, just pull it out of your face and off your neck with a rubber band. DO NOT put lipstick on; you'll need your mouth to hold extra pins. If you are concerned that a visitor will drop in, just close the curtains and pretend you're not there.  If your husband comes home and you are not at a good stopping place, you will not enjoy your quilting as you should with him bumbling around in the background. Send him out for pizza."


  1. Ohhh heavens, have things changed..well except for the pork rinds, I don't think I would have those around my sewing table lol..ohhh but I do wear lipstick...
    too funny...and we NEVER order out...sew that would not happen, I think I am a 1949 girl

  2. Love the comparison! On this cold day I rose, put on a warm robe, and expect to stay in and play in my room for the duration....with hot tea next to me.

  3. This was hysterical! Thank you for the belly laugh!

  4. I love it. I'm in my sewing room now taking pictures of my latest creations with a cup of tea and ratty sweats on.

  5. Don't you just love those homemaker tips from the 40's and 50's? I think my mom was one of the first feminists, because she was more like the woman of 2011 then a woman brought up in the 50's. And I'm just like her!

  6. This is hilarious. I have to admit that I am that person in 2011. If I waited to get all that stuff done(in1940) I'd never get to quilting. Heck, I don't get half that stuff done quilting or not. Love your blog!

  7. Oh Linda! I was a product of those times. How glad I am that I don't have to hear the word "lackadaisically" any more!
    I'll go with your advice any day!!!
    Sew funny :>)

  8. Thanks for the laugh, Linda! And it looks like I'm in good company here! ; )

    ~ Ronda


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