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Thread: Now I know what I've been doing wrong!

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    Now I know what I've been doing wrong!

    I'm reading through the Singer Sewing Book by Mary Brooks Picken from 1949, and I know now what I've been doing wrong with my sewing! It MUST be the reason my points never match and seams aren't straight! My comments are in red.

    And I quote:

    "When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible. Go through a beauty ritual of orderliness. Have on a clean dress. (I don't think I OWN a dress!!) Be sure your hands are clean, fingernails smooth-a nail file and pumice will help. Always avoid hangnails. Keep a little bag full of French chalk near your sewing machine where you can pick it up and dust your fingers at intervals. This not only absorbs the moisture on your fingers, but helps to keep your work clean. Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick put on with care. Looking attractive is a very important part of sewing, because if you are making something for yourself, you will try it on at intervals in front of the mirror, and you can hope for better results when you look your best.
    Again, sewing imust be approached with the idea that you are going to enjoy it, and if you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband come home and you will not look neatly put together, you will not enjoy your sewing as you should. Therefore "spruce up" at the begging so that you are free to enjoy every part of any sewing you do."

    I should sell my fabric and machines now...it's hopeless!
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    Very funny how they lived back in 1949.

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    Don't you remember Leave it to Beaver, and how June Cleaver always looked made up?
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    Well, I'm in trouble. If someone stops in they have to take me as I am while I am enjoying myself sewing in my jammies.
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    If my spousal unit came home and I was "put together" he'd think I was having an affair while he was gone!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Oh Charlee, I have missed the humor on the SS thread. Thanks for bringing it back. That is hystrical! God almighty, lets just make ourselves a door mat too, while were sewing. Man alive, what were they thinking.
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    That is a hoot! Oh my goodness! I guess some changes are for the best!

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    Ya know what, I don't even own a dress.!
    My little shinning stars. Brantley, Kaylynn, and Emmalee

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    Excuse me everyone...I must dash and shower and put on a dress (if I can find one) and do my hair and makeup....back in 3 hours
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    I sew in my best jammies, does that count??? LOL Charlee your a blast.
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    yeah right. and how much sewing would you get done if you are constantly picking threads off your clothes? I know I don't own a dress and I am not going to put on the 2 pc that I wore for DD wedding! too high class for that.

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    I'm not going to get any sewing done if I have to go out and get a dress, make up, and wear shoes while I sew. I can't seem to work the pedal with shoes on.
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    Just a thought...but if you're sewing yourself a new dress, wouldn't it be better just to sew it while in your bra, panties, girddle, stockings, and lace slip? I mean, if you felt the need, you could do the heels too, guess that wouldn't look TOO silly. That way you're not mussin' up that hairdo and makeup that you took the time to put on before you started so that you could do your best stitching!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Just a thought...but if you're sewing yourself a new dress, wouldn't it be better just to sew it while in your bra, panties, girddle, stockings, and lace slip? I mean, if you felt the need, you could do the heels too, guess that wouldn't look TOO silly. That way you're not mussin' up that hairdo and makeup that you took the time to put on before you started so that you could do your best stitching!
    Oh, that's so funny. AND. what if someone knocks on the door? Or one of the kids comes over..they never knock! What a hoot!!
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    That is hilarious. Back when I got married the first time in 1965 I had it in my mind that I would be like June Cleaver or the mother from Father Knows Best. I "woke up" so to speak not too long afterwards! They were TV shows! I was living a real life!!!! As an aside, The Fly Lady, who coaches people on organizing their houses, stresses getting dressed right down to shoes first thing. And she is "modern". Makes me laugh. Shoes are the last thing I put on most days unless I am going out. Thanks for sharing.

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    Oh my, I must really be in trouble, cause I don't even wear make up anymore when I'm going out let alone at home.
    Charlee, I'm with you, my hubby would certainly think something was up...

    I had a book similar to that around here somewhere from that timeframe, that told how to be a good wife....
    It was a good joke book for today.

    Remember the days when the ladies always had to wear their Sunday hats to church? Oh, and white gloves, musn't forget those. Maybe we should sew with those too! lol.

    Thanks Charlee for making my day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Born2Sew View Post
    Oh my, I must really be in trouble, cause I don't even wear make up anymore when I'm going out let alone at home.
    Charlee, I'm with you, my hubby would certainly think something was up...

    I had a book similar to that around here somewhere from that timeframe, that told how to be a good wife....
    It was a good joke book for today.

    Remember the days when the ladies always had to wear their Sunday hats to church? Oh, and white gloves, musn't forget those. Maybe we should sew with those too! lol.

    Thanks Charlee for making my day!
    The gloves are saved for when you are doing free motion. LOL
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    @ Glenda!!

    I have more for later, maybe...my DMIL gave me "The Marriage Guide" from 1917!! I haven't laughed as hard in YEARS as I did reading some of that one!!
    One day, you'll only be a memory for some people. Do your best to be a good one.

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    Don't forget we might have been barefoot and pregnant too! Going to need a bigger dress!

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    Oh my word!!! Thank you for the laughs. I've learned that the only 'essential' thing I need in my sewing room, are slippers. Seems I tend to drop pins and boy can they HURT!!! But I honestlly (very red facedly) admit that I have sewn in the 'altogether' many a time!

    If DH caught me in a dress and MAKEUP he'd go outside and check our house number--then he'd load the shotgun!
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    So when did they find time to sew???

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    What a hoot!

    I want to see the 1949 husband come home *today* and see us sewing in sweats or jammies (or nuthin!), no shoes or makeup, hair looking however it looked when we rolled out of bed (OK ... *maybe* we ran a comb through it), sitting in the sewing room with the TV in the background, and dinner? Well hopefully HE picked up dinner at the KFC on his way home from work!!

    BTW ... I do own several dresses, but I don't own any lipstick!
    May your stitches always be straight, your seams always lie flat, and your grain never be biased against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Just a thought...but if you're sewing yourself a new dress, wouldn't it be better just to sew it while in your bra, panties, girddle, stockings, and lace slip? I mean, if you felt the need, you could do the heels too, guess that wouldn't look TOO silly. That way you're not mussin' up that hairdo and makeup that you took the time to put on before you started so that you could do your best stitching!
    Oh, golly gee-whiz, Charlee--you forgot your pearls!

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    Lorda mercy!! T'was my mother who lived in that time, not very successfully I might add.
    I came along as a teen in the sixties and noticed how my peers were fighting to make changes.
    In 1969 I was sent to Germany (by my grandmother) with my husband for his just-out-of-college job in a woolen suit and wearing white cloves....
    But within 4 years I tried (several times) a "textile frei" beach and got a gorgeous all over tan and then soon moved to wearing (quite!) cut-off jeans shorts to the grocery store. Of course, I was actually half the woman in those days that I am now!!

    I almost always wear lipstick now because my lips feel dry, but in the 1960s and 70s we paid the price and we should benefit!

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    Don't own a dress or lipstick and the only time I wear shoes is if I go outside the house and it's usually flip flops. We've come a long way, baby.

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