When Mother Lets Us Sew

Aug 7, 2012 by

This is a cool reproduction of When Mother Lets Us Sew by Mrs. Virginia Ralston originally published in 1910 is a  how-to sew book written for children (hence the title).  Mrs. Ralston covers everything about how to sew from the proper sitting position to using a pin to keep the thread loose.  Here are a few paragraphs from the introduction to give you a feel for it:

Think how nice it would be, when mother is busy with her sewing and mending, to sit beside her on a little low chair and help her with that big sewing basket over-flowing with work ! One could learn how to sew a button on brother Tom’s shirt, mend a tear neatly in little sister’s apron, thread mother’s needles, put a new band on an outgrown petticoat and even make dainty little frills for big sister’s shirtwaists. But the very best, I’ve kept ’til the last, for wouldn’t you like to learn how to cut out, sew and make all your own doll baby’s clothes? To make real underclothes with real buttons and buttonholes that will button and unbutton? Just to think of being able to dress and undress your little doll baby family as often as you like! One could even make little night gowns for them to sleep in and best of all, everything they wore would be made by your own busy little hands. First, we will have to find a little sewing room. This we would make in any sunny corner of the nursery or mother’s sewing room, and if you will promise to keep it tidy, I’m sure she will say ‘yes.’ Then we must find a little old chair and ask brother to get his tool box and saw off several inches from the legs to make it the right height. For when you sit on your little chair to sew your feet should rest easily on the floor and not swing. The chair must be placed so that the light will fall from the side or over your shoulders from the back, and not directly in your eyes. Sit up straight and well back on your chair, for if you are able to take long, deep breaths your head will not ache and you will not tire so easily. There should be plenty of space to use your arms freely. This is important, children, and makes as much difference in your work as playing hide-and-go- seek in the country or in a city yard. Then you should have a little low table to stand in front or on one side for your workbasket. Then see if your hands are nice and clean, if not, run off and wash them, as dirty little fingers rust and soil the needle and makes it hard to push it in and out of the material. Now we are ready to learn how to sew. “ Enjoy!



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